Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sophronia is more a tomboy than a young lady and young girls simply do not climb and explore in Victorian Age England. That’s why her mom wants to ship her off to finishing school. However the school that is interested in Sophronia wants her exactly for the talents she already has: getting into and out of trouble. This school is actually a training ground for lady spies. Sure they will learn to curtsy, but they will also learn to throw a knife.
Gail Carriger is an excellent author and she brings a sharp wit to this alternative history/steampunk adventure story. It is set in the same universe as her Parasol Protectorate series (marketed for adults but appropriate for ages 14 and up). So expect vampires, werewolves, fashion, and all sorts of clockwork creatures.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Its funny, suspenseful, and such an enjoyable romp in a highly creative narrative world. If you need something different definitely give this new series a try! Its appropriate for all ages.