Etiquette & Espionage in Review & More (Finishing School Special Extras)

Etiquette & Espionage will be available in trade paperback form tomorrow!

Etiquette & Espionage has received:

  1. A starred review from Kirkus
  2. A starred review from Publisher’s Weekly
  3. A starred review from Booklist

Here’s some fun bits and bobs to entertain you in the meantime…




Literary Duck Blog says,

“This adorable little book has everything you could want in a YA novel: bustles and trains and steam power and waistcoats and capes and automatons and canes and fog and dirigibles (the schools is, in fact, on a dirigible) and tea.”

A dress for Sophrnia

The Librarian Chick says,

“This novel is chock full of high-adventure, fanciful humor, delightful and delightfully awful characters with just a dash of the absurd for flavor.”

Miscellany & Minutia!

365 Days of Reading says,

“Sophronia is instantly lovable because she does exactly what we want to do as readers: ferret out the secrets that are hidden from view.”

The E&E Tumbler has been proceeding a pace. Lots of fun stuff showing up on the feed over there.

Katie’s Book Blog says,

“Etiquette & Espionage, Gail Carriger’s first book for teens, is a fun-filled ride from the very start. The world of the Parasol Protectorate series tranfers seamlessly for the young adult genre and fans won’t be able to get enough.”

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A full page add for E&E appeared in Entertainment Weekly.

Midnight Bloom Reads says,

“With Carriger’s witty and humorous writing style, the novel is simply irresistible and impossible not to like.”

E&E on display at the famous Tattered Cover in Denver

All Things Urban Fantasy says,

“In classic Carriger fashion, Sophronia is the embodiment of cleverness, bravery, and falls woefully short of the societal definition of a lady. In other words, she’s fantastically entertaining, just like this book.”

The School Library Journal gave E&E a Starred Review saying,

“Carriger’s leading lady is a strong, independent role model for female readers… Ladies and gentlemen of propriety are combined with dirigibles, robots, werewolves, and vampires, making this story a steampunkmystery and an adventure mash-up that is sure to intrigue readers…”

And TOR.com said,

“Carriger’s whimsical sense of humor and lightness of touch is entertaining regardless of age.”

  • Publisher’s Weekly Galley Talk says: “When I opened the novel, I was immediately enchanted and delighted.”
  • A fan of the Parasol Protectorate weighs in: “Firstly, while it is very apparent from the tone and voice that this is the same author’s work, Carriger has done a fantastic job of giving it the feel of a young adult novel, as opposed to simply making the characters young, like many traditionally adult fiction authors can make the mistake of doing.”
  • Elephants on Trapezes says: “Gail Carriger has a distinctive voice I still can’t quite describe other than to say that she has a talent for describing the most ridiculous things with a sly helping of droll humor.”
  • Miss Literati says: “The names in the novel are fun and quirky and Sophronia and her friends have intriguing and goofy personalities.”
  • WTF Are You Reading? is a little more guarded: “While it is true that Sophronia Temminnick is a very likable character and Etiquette and Espionage is a very readable book; both take a while to warm up to.”
  • Shelf Awareness says: “If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick.”
  • Megan Likes Books starts off with: “What a pleasant surprise this book was! I’ve always thought steampunk was cool, but this is my first time reading a steampunk novel. I love it!”
  • Diary of the Bookworm says: “A totally different, but equally fantastic female lead, a whole new set of strange circumstances, the same great humour, and sleek writing prowess, and of course, the same Steampunk world her readers have become so enamoured of and voila! A new series that will captivate readers new to Carriger and her die hard fans alike.”
  • Steampunk Canada says: “I love this new female heroine, I love the many ways Ms. Carriger has connected this series with her first, and I want my very own Bumbersnoot.”
  • Fantasy Faction says: “it was as refreshing as a summer blackberry and ginger trifle and just as enjoyable.”
  • Sci-Fi Fan Letter says: “The book is a fun romp, with quirky characters and a quick plot.”
  • Skye’s Scribbling’s says: “Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”
  • I Read to Relax! says: “The tie-ins to Carriger’s adult series had me giggling throughout.”
  • Dark Faerie Tales says: “It doesn’t matter that Sophronia wasn’t considered to be lady-like, nor does it matter that she wasn’t as prim and proper as the others, I loved her for who she was.”
  • Goldilox and the Three Weres says: “I admit to not having read Carriger’s popular adult series, Parasol Protectorate, but after reading – and loving! – this book I will certainly be remedying that!”
  • Dark Matter Fanzine says: “Gail’s acerbic observations on human nature, social mores and manipulations, are hilarious…Highly recommended for fans of adventure/comedy, steampunk and comedies of manners such as The Importance of Being Ernest.”
E&E Final Cover

I’m quite overwhelmed and honored. Thanks to everyone for the nice things you have written about Etiquette & Espionage and for taking the time to review my book.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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  1. Skye said:

    E&E in paperback, at last! I can't wait to start looking for it in stores – and I really must snag one for my collection.

    Professor Braithwope's mustache introduction is one of my FAVORITE lines in the book – any lines having to do with his mustache, for that matter. 😉

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