Read Along

Parasolverse Read-Along – September 2018

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the second month of the parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for September is Curtsies & Conspiracies  If you are still interested in joining along wonderful!

Curtsies & Conspiracies
Start Date: September 1, 2018
Post Review: September 27, 2018

Curtsies & Conspiracies
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy–won’t Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

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Reviews

Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Book Review

Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
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 they 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.

What I thought
This was a re-read for me, the first time I consumed this book as an audio book from my library. After listening to most of Gail’s book I decided that I absolutely loved her and decided to buy everything she has written. Which I have to do over time there really is quite a few. I really want to give this author so much support as I can, but I can only do it a little at a time. So at some point this year I decided that I wanted to read the books in chronological order, since I was getting them from my Library I was getting whichever series that I could at the time. Since I just love Gail so much I wanted to share the love and do a read-along. Starting in August 2018 we are going to pick up the book in the Parasolverse in chronological order until we finish all of the books in this world. This consists of three series (2 of which are already finished) and various stand-alone books. If you are interested in joining along please see my post talking about the read-along here I listed all of the books and the months we will be reading them. I confirmed my reading order with Gail before beginning this journey. 

Please also go and check out Nicole @ thebookwormdrinketh review as well!

I absolutely love this world that has been created, its a blend of  paranormal and steampunk with witty banter and I could go on and on.  In this series we are following Sophronia. Sophronia who is not what one would have called a proper young lady to her mothers dismay. This story starts off with Sophronia climbing a dumbwaiter and taking off the rubber so she can put it on her boots to better be able to climb places herself. Needless to day the dumbwaiter did not last long after this. Sophronia finds herself being whisked away to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. “Finishing” may not be what Sophronia and her mother think it is. Sophronia befriends three other new recruits Dimity, Sidheag and Agatha, some Sooties. Quite a go-getter our little Sophronia is.

I will say that this book is a little slow compared to her other books; however this book is technically the first book chronologically to set up this universe and this is the only set of books that were written as YA. I really loved the world she takes so many different elements and just throws them together. The amount of diversity is huge and the way its played off is wonderful. Everyone is just who they are and none of it is used as a reason why the character is there (what I am trying to say is that its never used as a plot point). One thing that I love is the use of balance characters.  Sophronia is balanced by her new BFF Dimity as wild as Sophronia is Dimity is reserved.  I love how she does this!

Since the Parasol Protectorate Series was wrote before the Finishing School Series you see references from the characters that carry over into the next series.  I absolutely love Vieve (Genevieve) reading this the second time around and some of the things that is said just sets up her character for down the line.  Each time I found myself smiling and going ahh I see what you did there.

All in all I am trying so hard not to gush and tell you anything that might spoil the story for you if you want to read it.

Beware there are Picklemen and flywaymen afoot.

My Rating: /54.5 stars

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Read Along

It’s a Parasolverse Read-Along

Good Day, All!

Okay so who is up for a read-along?  I am going to host a Gail Carriger Parasolverse read-along.  What is the Parasolverse you may be wondering? Well, let me tell you it is my favorite fictional place to live. The Parasolverse is a steampunk world with comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. If you want to look into this more please see Gail’s website.

So how is this going to work?

We will read one book a month and post a review on the last Thursday of every month. If you do not have a blog and you want to join in no worries you can post your review on Goodreads, Bookbub, or amazon.   We will be reading these in chronological order, not publication order. I reached out to Gail on Twitter and she confirmed the list below.  At the End/Beginning of each month, I will post the next book and the dates, so no worries you will not have to remember them.  However, for those planners among us below will be a full schedule. I am sending this out now to see how many people want to join in! Even though these are all in one world there are three different series, so if you want to jump in at a certain point or jump out that is fine too!

How to join in?

Anyone who wants to join in just Comment below, or reach out on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram or through my contacts page. I would like to have a list of everyone that wants to join in so that when I send out the post for each month everyone we can add links to each other’s posts.

I created a Goodreads group if you are interested in joining in there and talking back and forth about the books as you read them.

The Curious Case (if you are a completionist and want to read everything this is a novella 36 pages no review required I am doing this in July)
Review

Etiquette & Espionage
Start Date:
August 1, 2018
Post Review: August 30, 2018
Review

Curtsies & Conspiracies
Start Date: September 1, 2018
Post Review: September 27, 2018
Review

Waistcoats & Weaponry
Start Date:
October 1, 2018
Post Review: October 25 ,2018
Review

Manners & Mutiny
Start Date:
November 1, 2018
Post Review: November 29, 2018
Review

Poison or Protect
Start Date:
December 1, 2018
Post Review: December 27, 2018

Soulless
Start Date:
January 1, 2019
Post Review: 
January 31, 2019

Changeless
Start Date: February 1, 2019
Post Review: 
February 28, 2019

Blameless
Start Date: March 1, 2019
Post Review: 
March 28, 2019

Heartless
Start Date: April 1, 2019
Post Review: 
April 25, 2019

Timeless
Start Date: May 1, 2019
Post Review: 
May 30, 2019

Romancing the Inventor
Start Date: June 1, 2019
Post Review: 
June 27, 2019

Prudence
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Post Review: 
June 25, 2019

Imprudence
Start Date: August 1, 2019
Post Review: 
August 29, 2019

Romancing the Werewolf
Start Date: September 1, 2019
Post Review: 
September 26, 2019

Competence
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Post Review: 
October 31, 2019

How to Marry A Werewolf
Start Date: November 1, 2019
Post Review: 
November 28, 2019

Reticence
Start Date: December 1, 2019
Post Review: 
December 26, 2019

Marine Biology
Start Date: January 1, 2020
Post Review: 
January 30, 2020

The Sumage Solution
Start Date: February 1, 2020
Post Review: 
February 27, 2020

The Omega Objection
Start Date: March 1, 2020
Post Review: 
March 26, 2020

Do you want to join?  Let me know!

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