Another Steampunk book:
I’m loving the world that Gail Carriger creates! This story seems to be set a bit before Soulless starts, and features at least one recurring character (Lady Sidheag Maccon and a young Genevieve Lefoux, for those of you who are interested). I love a recurring character!
Sophronia Temminnick is a covert recruit to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Her mother, despairing of Sophriona’s tendencies to climb things, read books, and show interest in mechanics, is happy to send her off to what seems to be a desirable quality establishment. Unbeknownst to her mother (or indeed Mademoiselle Geraldine it seems), the school is more than meets the eye. The young ladies enrolled are learning to finish … skills not limited to dancing, dress, and deportment but also deception, destruction, fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out diversion, death, and deviousness (i.e. espionage – I couldn’t think of a better “d” synonym). Delicious!
I found this book:
- Highly amusing
- Full of fun steampunk gadgets and references including a pet mechanical dog (named Bumbersnoot!)
- Chock-full of strong female characters! Sophriona fits the bill very nicely!
- Quick to read
- Well-Balanced – “real-world” (okay, Steampunk Victorian Era) and supernatural (werewolves, Vampires)
- The first in a series! Yay!
Definitely in “YA” territory, I loved it. Another 5 / 5!