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Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage (Little, Brown and Company, 2013) by Gail Carriger is the first of four books in the Finishing School series. I missed it when it came out but am glad I found it now–and I have three more books just waiting for me to read! If you like humor, steampunk, adventures, and an intrepid character, you won’t want to miss this book.

It’s 1851 and Sophronia is 14 and not all that interested in learning how to curtsy properly or in being reformed to be more ladylike. However, Mumsy has arranged for her to go to Finishing School. It’s only on probational terms, since Sophronia is such a mess. But once Sophronia enters the carriage and meets another student, she discovers the school might not be what her mother imagined. For one thing it’s not in a particularly fixed location. And that’s not to mention the werewolves, vampires, and flywaymen.

Gail Carriger is a New York Times bestselling author who has written numerous book series. Read about her here and check out her books here.

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee (Crown, 2019) by Jeff Zenter is so good! It’s a touching story that also brings laughter. And there are great lines, too.

Josie and Delia (aka Rayne and Delilah) are seniors in high school who dress like vampires for the show Midnite Matinee which they host on the local public television station. There they share low budget horror and scifi movies. Each girl has different goals. Josie wants to get into TV and is using the show for practice. Delia is using the show as a connection to her father who left. What happens when each get what she wants?

Jeff Zenter is an award-winning author—read about him here. And you don’t want to miss the “interview” here. This is his third novel.

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Eternal_thumbEternal (Candlewick, 2009) by Cynthia Leitich Smith is not your average vampire story. In fact, much of the story is told from the viewpoint of a guardian angel. It’s a story of mistakes, enthrallment, betrayal, and redemption.
Watch the book trailer at Cynthia’s site.
Eternal is a companion book to Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Tantalize. She’s working on Blessed, due out in 2011, where characters from both books will appear.

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“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” – Stephen King

My recommendation on this book is only start it when you have a lot of time to read. Because, if you’re like me, all thoughts of what you’re supposed to be doing will get shoved aside by the desire to know what happens in the story. None of my “I’ll stop at the end of a chapter” thoughts stood a chance. Eventually I just gave in and read to the end of the book.

Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) by Stephenie Meyer puts you right in the midst of Bella’s dilemma and then goes back to the beginning of how she got there. Along with Bella–as long as you don’t read the give-away on the back of the book*–you’re discovering who or what Edward and his family are. It’s a story of unbelievable things being believable. Of love, trust and sacrifice.
If you like unusual, I’d say this is a must read. Then, of course, you’ll want to read the sequels. New Moon came out in 2006. (My husband has reserved it at the library for us.) The third book , Eclipse, comes out in August 2007. Read more at