Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by us, that highlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication 'can't-wait-to-read' selection is:
Title: Etiquette & EspionageAuthor: Gail Carriger
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Find on: Goodreads, Amazon
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.
Intereeeeeeesting... I mean it's just so cool going to school to learn how to fight, not just dance and dress and all those boring stuff young ladies learn all the time.
The cover is unique too. Effective purple background and ooh... is that the principal on the cover? She has a scissors too. Does she want to kill someone with that? Nice typography for the title too...
Gosh i just love everything about this book! Enrol me into this academy please!