by Adrienne Kress
Young Adult Steampunk Mystery
Published: December 6th 2012
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns-and the heroines who use them all.
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder-and the crimes they believe may be connected to it-without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike-well, relatively ladylike-heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
MY OVERVIEW: I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting a steampunk Charlies' Angels, but got three girls running around each trying to solve a mystery then coming together to solve it.
PROS: OMG! I want Lord White's library! It was so beautifully described and I would just spend hours upon hours in there. I do like how Cora and Nellie came from nothing to where they are. It gave them more of a reason as to why they are looking into the murders.
CONS: The writing seemed very childish. On the first page there were words like explosion-y, pouting, and kablooey. It does get better throughout the book, but it still seemed like a middle-grade book trying to be a young adult. It also didn't feel like any of the girls were that well written. Just when you thought you knew one, they would do something so out of character.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really wish I like it. I had high hopes for it. I think it is a good gateway book from middle-grade to young adult. So, if you are looking to transition over, this is a good book for you.