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Publisher's Summary

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 the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in how to finish in other ways: the fine art of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
Book One of the Finishing School series.
©2013 Gail Carriger (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 02-11-13

Light, Fun YA Steampunk Novel

A light romp through Gail Carriger's Steampunk World, circa 1858, chronologically before her Parasol Protectorate series was delightful, suitable for younger readers and adults alike. Who ever thought of a finishing school for young ladies on a dirigible? Simple plot, but a world of fun.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 03-20-13

Great book!

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. The description caught my attention and I felt like I should give it a go. This was my first foray into steampunk and I'm not usually big on Victorian era books, but I was just so enchanted by the idea of Madame Geraldine's that I had to get over my trepidation and prejudices and just listen. Glad I did. The characters are great, I look forward to see how they progress and grow. I was a little weirded out because the story built and built and then summed up in the last 10 minutes- for a minute I thought that I missed a download or something because it really did only take the last 10 minutes to end which seemed a little rushed but it was still pretty satisfying. It's a toss up for me now- do I want to go to Hogwarts or Madame Geraldine's?

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