Sophronia’s a tomboy, and given her talent for getting into mischief and being nosy, her mother finally decides it’s time she learned from the professionals to be a lady. Sophronia’s horrified to find herself enrolled at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
Yet, she’s about to learn that when your lessons include how to bat your eyes at gentlemen while deciding which poison to use in their mutton chops, the school can still be pretty fascinating for those whose interests lie less in the etiquette of murder and more in espionage.
The Academy exists aboard a string of interlaced dirigibles, and the girls learn everything from cooking and seduction to self-defence against vampires. Along with her new friend Dimity, Sophronia turns her natural curiosity towards spying and discovers a number of the Academy’s secrets. Her main priority is to locate a mysterious ‘prototype’ before it falls into the wrong hands.
An unconventional Victorian lady, she’s not interested in lumping people into upper and lower classes. She makes friends with a gang of misfits who share her disregard for ‘how things are done’. This novel is a madcap adventure filled with werewolves, vampires and automatons. There’s more silliness and less romance than I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing, I’m looking forward to Sophronia’s finishing at the Academy.
For a short & sweet pictorial review, check out PictureMeReading’s review, here.
This book counts towards my Steampunk’d Challenge – 8 books down 22 to go 🙂