Books & Munchies – Travel Edition: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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This is Bookmunchies’ Books & Munchies! A fun post with a book review and pictures of yummy, yummy food. These upcoming posts will be a travel edition with books I’ve read while on my holiday and some of the foods that I’ve eaten. So fair warning, you’ll probably get hungry, so grab a snack!

Etiquette & Espionage  - Gail CarrigerPublisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 5th 2013)
Hardcover: 307 pages
Series: Finishing School #1
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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. Temminick 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.


I read this… I can’t even remember anymore. I think I started this on the bus ride from Singapore to Malaysia which was about 4 hrs and going through customs was the most hot, unorganized mess.

This was super cute. Sophronia is a cute, spunky girl that fits Gail Carriger’s mold of strong, pretty witty female lead. It was quite fun to see old characters from the Parasol Protectorate books (as that series and this share a universe) such as Sidheag & Madame Lefoux as the young them. The new characters are also pretty adorable and I love Soap!

The plot itself wasn’t bad but I found it a bit slow for me. The time spent at the academy should have been badass but it sorta fell flat with the too much “etiquette” and not enough “espionage” study. However when Sophronia and her group are running around, it’s a fun adventure. Basically the minor adventures start to build up the overall big arc story of the series, so that gives me high hopes of the rest of the series (: Overall I felt Carriger’s sense of style and humour that we saw in the Parasol Protectorate was evident in her new YA series, which made it an entertaining read but it just lacked a bit of the oomph in the plot that needed to push it into awesomeness.

The cover is awesmoeeeeeeeee. /that is all.


IMG_2149Seafood Udon Soup

From: The Breakfast Bar.

It was so hot to eat soup that morning but I was really craving it still haha. I think I sweated buckets. The breakfast bar was pretty cute, it had a directional sign with how to say “hello” in tons of languages.




Beef Rice Noodle Tom Yum

From:  D’khas Cafe. Langkawi, Malaysia.

Back to D’khas because [eople in Langkawi keep different hours. Late mornings and even later evenings. This was one of the few palaces open all hours. Thankfully the food here was delicious!



Buffet style Malay lunch

From: Sam’s, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.

We were recommended this place by our hostel owners and we had no idea what to do when we should up at the restaurant haha. We finally figured out it was buffet style, which was fantastic because I got to sample a ton of different Malay dishes.




Buffet style Malay lunch ver 2.o

From: Sam’s, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

We went back again because it was so awesome! This time I grabbed a yummy milk coffee with my meal. Seriously the entire meal cost maybe $5CAD! Loved the variety.


IMG_2159Burger & Fries

From: The Dome at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I was really craving burger and we spent the so long walking around the Pavilion mall so long trying to decide what to eat. Definitely had better burgers but it wasn’t bad.

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Books & Munchies – Travel Edition: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger”

  1. Great review. I love this steampunk book. Gail writes good heroine books. The food looks delicious by the way. <3

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