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 a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail's legions of fans have come to adore.
This was a highly entertaining read. Sophronia's mother sends her off to finishing school, but it's not the type of finishing school she was expecting. I loved the witty humor and the characters. There's even a little mechanimal dog. And the sheer absurdity of girls learning how to flutter eyelashes and curtsy along side classes in poisoning is just entertaining. Overall a fun read. Probably more enjoyable for younger readers, but I have to say that I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Sophronia and company's exploits.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: n/a
My Source: Netgalley
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