Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Having read and loved Etiquette and Espionage, I couldn’t help but buy Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, the second in her young adult Finishing School series. We find our heroine, Sophronia Temminick, about to undertake a test at the beginning of this book, which involves a strange machine called an ‘oddgob’. The machine proceeds to test her tea-serving ability, not to mention her choice of weaponry and her skills of surveillance, with the results being delivered before the other pupils. With several of the students told to improve their…

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café by Milly Johnson

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED JUNE RELEASES Summer is fast approaching now, and I can’t believe that we’re half-way through the year already – where is the time going?! With the good weather inspiring us to go outside…

Etiquette & Espionage

Having fallen in love with the Parasol Protectorate series, it was high time that I read Gail Carriger’s young adult series, starting with Etiquette and Espionage. We first meet our amusing and forthright heroine, Sophronia Angelina Temminnick, at her family home, whereby she wreaks havoc on a trifle and upsets her mother for the umpteenth time. Unfortunately for Sophronia, her little mishap occurs during the visit of Mademoiselle Geraldine, the headmistress of a revered finishing school. In a desperate attempt to make her more like her well-behaved sister, Sophronia’s mother…

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED MAY RELEASES It’s hard to believe I’ve almost been writing this feature for a year now, but here we go again with a list of this month’s Coveted Releases & TBR! 1. The…

Prudence by Gail Carriger

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED MARCH RELEASES Last month was all about romance novels, but normal service resumes in March as I’m looking forward to a whole host of books from different genres. 1. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander…

Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen

Hello and welcome to a new monthly feature here on BCC. Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating the same titles as I am! COVETED NOVEMBER RELEASES Oh wow, how are we at November already?! The most exciting books I’m hoping to get my hands on this month are: 1. Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen In…

Etiquette & Espionage

NEW SERIES ALERT THE SERIES: Finishing School BOOK #1: Etiquette & Espionage | GENRE: Steampunk PUBLISHER: Atom | RELEASE DATE: 5th February 2013 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. Sophronia is 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 for her daughter to become a…

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