Sophronia isn't the lady her mother wishes
her to be. She likes climbing, figuring out how things work, and getting
into trouble a bit too much. In an attempt to tame her wild ways,
Sophronia's mother sends her off to finishing school. Little does she
know this finishing school will do more than teach Sophronia the etiquette
of polite society, it will also teach her how to be a phenomenal spy.
Often I read the first book in a series and usually go no farther.
Sometimes because the book fails to hook me and sometimes because I
have so many other things to read. With this series I believe I will
make an effort to read more. The characters were well drawn and
interesting and I think I want to know more about Sophronia's life and
lessons at finishing school.
As I said before, the characters are
well drawn. Sophronia is an interesting main character and you never
know what kind trouble she will be getting into. She is a plucky and sassy heroine who refuses to apologize for what society would see as her shortcomings. As the novel progresses you begin to realize that those shortcomings are her biggest assets. Throughout the novel, you begin to learn more about her new friends and the school. Some of the people she meets at the school are typical of the "bad girl" boarding school characters, but other characters are more fleshed out.
The action is
fast paced and the plot resolves itself well. I really enjoyed all the
humor in the book too--it is nice when a book isn't so serious. If all the books are like this, it will be a fun series to explore.
The audiobook is narrated by Moira Quirk
who does an excellent job with the narration. Her voices were fun and
her pacing is great. The unabridged audio is 8 hours and 55 minutes in
length. It is a Hachette Audio publication. I loved listening to the
audio and will probably do the rest of the series on audio as well.
is a fun and entertaining read that never takes itself too seriously. I
recommend it for fans of steampunk and anyone who likes a good boarding
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Alcohol: Might have been mentioned, but not significant.
Violence: Some, but mostly just mild shenanigans.