Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Hey look at these black dresses!!
Aren’t they beautiful???
I’ve read both books and they are definitely worth sharing!
In Etiquette and Espionage a rambunctious young teen is sent away to “finishing school” except she discovers that it is actually a school for spies. This isn’t Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and it doesn’t follow the usual teen romance triangle plot. This one is unusual, rather original (there are vampires, werewolves, steampunk monstrocities and more) and if that isn’t enough (it should be!)… look at the cover!!
In For Darkness Shows the Stars a luddite, anti-technology society has taken over and the main character is the daughter of a prestegious though nearly impoverished family. She could be living in the lap of luxury, she wants to be living with the love of her life, and instead she’s dedicated to running around putting out fires for a family that doesn’t seem to appreciate her efforts. I’m kind of hooked on this story right now, and it isn’t just the pretty cover!!
Bottomline: Choosing between these books is choosing between a pro-tech stance vs. anti-tech. Etiquette and Espionage is all about the innovation of things. For Darkness Shows the Stars is all about preserving traditions or exploring the dangers of the unknown. Both are excellent, though I kind of think younger teens will fall in love with Etiquette and older teens with more responsibilities will gravitate toward the heavier For Darkness…
What do you think? Which one would you like to read?