Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger is a steampunk Gallagher Girls.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia has no desire to go to finishing school to learn how to be a young lady – she’d rather be at home where she can climb trees and dismantle gadgets – but her mother is at her wits’ end and Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality seems the very place to send her wayward daughter.
Thankfully, for Sophronia, this is no ordinary finishing school. The school itself floats, one of the teachers is a vampire and another member of staff is young, handsome – and a werewolf. The lessons are pretty unusual too. Every well-bred young lady needs to know how to curtsy (Sophronia’s curtsy is particularly atrocious) and dance and make small talk but Sophronia also gets taught how to use a knife (it’s easy to conceal under your petticoats) and to become adept at espionage and diversion (who knew flirting was such a useful skill).
Get caught breaking school rules and denial is not only an option, it’s encouraged. Of course, if you work hard in class you won’t get caught in the first place!
With a feisty and intelligent fourteen-year-old heroine, this book is great for young teenage girls who are tired of boys having all the fun.