Readers first meet 14 year old Sophronia when she is in her family's dumbwaiter trying to ease drop on one of her mother's visitors. This does not go as planned and Sophronia soon finds herself whisked away to finishing school.
This is a fun novel. It is important to note that it is a steampunk novel set in the victorian era. This adds to its charm, but took a bit to understand.
Unknowingly Sophronia has stumbled into a life very different than what she and her mother thought she would be getting at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
I really liked Gail Carriger's Etiquette and Espionage. The plot was fun and engaging. There was no sappy plot line that led to Sophronia in the middle of a love triangle. It was just the adventures of a spunky young girl trying to grow up and not lose herself.
The plot was interesting and kept me guessing. There were several loose ends that I would guess will be tied up in the series later books. The main plot points, however, were finished and made this a stand alone book. I will probably be looking into the rest of the series (book three comes out November 5!) and the one that came before it, but is set later.
A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.