Squeeeeeee! I have no idea how long this cover has been out but I just saw it today and omg I am in love. If you're familiar with Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, then you know that she has some awesome covers going on. This is no exception and, in fact, I might like this cover a teeny bit better than the Parasol covers. Seriously, how gorgeous is this? I love the subtle steampunk elements in the wallpaper, not to mention the dress and the pose of the girl. Also love the simple yet commanding title font with the swirly ampersand and the color scheme. Basically I just love this cover.
This is the first book of Gail's Finishing School series, which will have four books. Here's the blurb from Goodreads.
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and thrown a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.Girl spies = awesome sauce. This book won't be released until Feb 2013 and I'll be one of the first in line to get it. If an ARC happens to come your way and you want to send it my way, feel free. :) I'd love to hear what you think of this cover so please comment!
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her attrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls tearn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kind of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.
Gail Carriger can be found online at http://gailcarriger.com and follow her on Twitter @gailcarriger