The Friday Society
by Adrienne Kress
Release Date: December 6, 2012
Num Pages: 440
The action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns--and the girls 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 fighting 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. 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.
*This review contains spoilers, but I have marked them off with brackets like [[this]]*
Where to start..
I almost wish I hadn't finished this. It was that good. I feel like I read it too fast now, I should've savored it!
The Friday Society is absolutely, posi-tute-ly incredible. It has virtually everything I ask for in a book-- Bad-ass Victorian era girls. Detectives. Murder. Cute guys. Feminist lines. Amazing storyline. It was just so perfect. I'm not really sure how to go about writing this review, so this will probably be a super pathetic review (In other words, short.).
I think what I loved most about this book is its action. I had been reading a lot of not-so-much-action books lately, and its action was really fresh and awesome to me. I hadn't read a murder mystery book in a long time, and I love that genre, so I was basically reunited with my obsessive love of murder mysteries! ;P
My favorite member of the Friday Society was no doubt Nellie, also known as Lady Sparkle. Nellie is a bit of a lunatic and slightly out of her mind, but that's what I loved most about her. I also loved Cora in all her feminist awesomeness, and Michiko, because she was totally kick-butt, what with her combat skills.
The boys in this book were also great. I LOVED Officer Murphy, or Jeff, he was so adorable! And I loved Nellie for calling him cute the first time she ever met him. Andrew was ok, but I didn't like him as much as Jeff. [[[And I was so sad that Michiko's little assistant (name is not coming to mind right now) bit the dust. I literally almost cried!!]]]
Anyway, it was just too good to be true. I've been looking for a book like this for YEARS. And I have finally found it! *kisses cover of book* I am still in utter shock. PLEASE read this book--you will not regret it.
P.S. : I am so sorry for the really short review!! I just couldn't find much to say about this book, other than the fact that was AMAZING, kick-butt, and totally awesome! :P