Review – Etiquette & Espionage

Posted December 18, 2014 by in Reviews / 8 Comments

Cover of Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerEtiquette & Espionage, Gail Carriger

I read Soulless a while ago, and liked it enough that I had a vague intention of reading more, but not so much I was in a hurry. Likewise, I only really picked up Etiquette & Espionage because I know that Carriger’s work is pretty fun, and it was in a 3 for £5 deal in the Works. And then it languished on my to read pile for… well, just over a year. But I was feeling a bit bleh about the other books I had lying around, so I decided to just go for it and try this — and I promptly read it in one go.

It’s not a book I love like I loved, say, The Goblin Emperor. It’s more like frothy fun. It works well for that, though: 19th century sensibilities in a steampunk alternate history, girls learning to be spies, and a sprinkling of adventure. I liked Sophronia; she’s not perfect, but she tries to be decent, she doesn’t have prejudices, she does her best for the people around her, and she lets nothing get in the way of her curiosity. I guess the best term might be ‘spirited’, which does make me sound like some faintly disapproving adult…

It’s fun, and I’d definitely recommend it to teens who want a bit of adventure and supernatural stuff, without accompanying sparkles or plagiarism. (Sorry, they’re easy targets.)

Rating: 3/5

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8 responses to “Review – Etiquette & Espionage

  1. Cait

    It looks soooo good though with that epic cover. XD I am, however, not a huge fan of steampunk. Erk. That could be a problem and maybe I shouldn’t try this one just now?! Still. Cover love.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  2. I haven’t really read any Steampunk, so I am quite curious about this one. I picked it up in The Works ages ago but still haven’t got to it, maybe I should. It seems like an okay read, but not an amazing one.

  3. I loved Soulless (and the whole Parasol Protectorate series), but I think I felt the same as you about E&E. I didn’t love it enough to continue the series, although I keep thinking I should maybe reconsider, since overall I really enjoy Gail Carriger. I agree that E&E was fun, but it felt just a little too young to appeal to me.

  4. majoline

    That series picks up a lot after the first book, I was lucky enough to have checked out the first couple of books from the library and it rapidly picks up into the sort of experience you might be expecting from the Parasol Protectorate.

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