Etiquette & Espionage

By Gail Carriger

Sophronia is a young teenage girl with a few rough edges. And when her mother decides that she has had all she can take, she sends her off to finishing school. But little does she know that this is not your run of the mill finishing school.

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is a very unique school. One where a girl becomes a lady and many other qualities. Such as an information gatherer, a spy, an assassin, and the like. Learning poisons and dance lessons. Perfume and fighting.

Sophronia may be just the right pick for this academy. But why is she being attacked? What is this prototype? And when will she get that curtsy right? All of these are awaiting your discovery.

I very much enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of the Parasol Protectorate books you’ll value this series. It is set in the same world as Alexia Tarabotti only 25 years earlier. Some of our favorite characters make appearances as well as impressions. Giving you insight into their beginnings. I give it a seven out of ten. It is a great story, I was a bit reserved with it being more of a young adult novel. However, it kept me interested and I love the steam punk element of all of Gail Carriger’s novels.

Take the time!

Where’s Timeless?

I’ll tell you! I’ve been re-reading the entire series.
Why?! You may ask? Because I recently discovered the audio books!
If you own a Kindle you can add the audio for a fairly low price. At least the first two. And with this being a series set in London it is a delight to listen to. I encourage you to check it out.
With the ending being so spot on I want to get the review just right.
Anyway, have a good day!

Chinese Cinderella

Let’s just jump to it.
By Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline Yen Mah is a woman who was born to a seemingly loving and kind family. But when her mother dies shortly after her birth everyone blames her and calls her bad luck. And that is merely the start. Soon her father remarries to a woman who plays a bit nicer at first. Little does anyone know that a short time later they will see her true colors.

Adeline soon discovers that her life is different from her peer’s. Much different. Even her half brother and sister are treated better than her other siblings. And as China changes as a country, through wars and invasions, she is forced into multiple schools. Being top student seems to be the only way to garner and attention from her father, though it causes division between herself and her other siblings.

But even as she is treated horribly there are many who have amazing faith in her. Her aunt Baba, her grandfather Ye Ye, and her many classmates and instructors. She has a beautiful talent for writing and uses it as an outlet. Gaining notice from those around her.

It would seem, though that suffering is never far from Adeline. Every positive in school or around her friends is a mockery to her family. And after being moved to a school in a zone about to be invaded all seems lost. Especially when she is the last student in the place.

Her life seems to take flight at the end of this book. In this true story I was in tears many times. The story of this, at the time, little girl is an amazing story of strength and hope. Never to give up. And I feel as if I have learned something very valuable.

I give this book a ten out of ten. It brings humility and a certain strength. Don’t pass it up. This story makes you feel very lucky.