Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Want to Read it (21): Curtsies and Conspiracies



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School, 2) by Gail Carriger, November 13, 2013. Published by Hatchette Little, Brown and Co. Source: Wishlist.
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.
Why: Because after finally reading Etiquette and Espionage last month I want to know what else Sophronia will learn whilst at the finishing school. I really liked book one and am intrigued enough to feel confident on adding the next volume to my wishlist.

Seriously though, if Gail Carriger writes more young adult novels, and if we're lucky middle grade, I would be clamoring to read them. While I haven't read her adult books, I was quite satisfied with the first Finishing School book; which happened to be my first Gail Carriger read, too. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Etiquette and Espionage

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Etiquette & Espinage


Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School, 1) by Gail Carriger, October 8, 2013 (originally published February 5, 2013). 307 pages. Published by  Hachette Little, Brown and Company. Source: Own/TBR.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is a great trial to her poor mother--her atrocious curtsy is an embarrassment to the family name. So Mrs. Temminnick enrolls her daughter 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 certainly 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.
First Sentence:
Sophronia intended to pull the dumbwaiter up from the kitchen to outside the front parlor on the ground floor, where Mrs. Barnaclegoose was taking tea. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I Want to Read It (20): Prisoner B-3087



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, March 1, 2013. Published by Scholastic. Source: Wishlist.
Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?

Based on an astonishing true story.
Why: Because I think it's important to not forgot what happened to so many innocent lives during WWII. Also, as I've enjoyed a lot of Alan Gratz books, I am interested to see how he will handle such a difficult area of history and because it's based on a true story, so...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Something Wicked

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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