Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carragher, a review

I picked this book up when I spotted it in a charity shop because Zoe (from Yerabooknerzoe, click here to see her YouTube channel!) hyped them up so much and I had never seen them in a shop before! Straight at the start, I need to say that this book felt so much like The Gallagher Girls but Victorian and steampunk. I need more Gallagher Girls in my life so I was 100% here for this as soon as I made the connection.

If you don’t know the Gallagher Girls (what are you doing, go read them! Click here for the Goodreads page of book 1) then you’re probably still in the dark for what this is about. Essentially, it’s a spy school for girls. Awesome, right? I haven’t read anything steampunk-esque before so this was definitely new to me and I adored it, I loved the physicality of the technology available and it mixes so well with the Victorian era.

I will say that it took me a little while to get used to some of the silly names that are used in this book (Bumbersnoot, I love him but that is such a weird name), they are used for characters which are supposed to be very serious and it took me at least 100 pages to stop being taken out of the story when the names were brought up. But now that I’m used to it I can only imagine that it’ll be easy for book 2.

I ended up giving this book 5/5 stars and I really enjoyed it! I’m excited to get into the next book and continue on with the series and I definitely want to read more from Gail Carriger!

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