Review: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Hardcover, 440 pages
Expected publication: Dec. 6th, 2012 by Dial
Source: Gift
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all

Set in Edwardian 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.

Told with Adrienne Kress’s sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Ever since I first heard of this book I was dying to get my hands on it.  I adore the cover and I just love steampunk books.  So when I got my hands on it I read it nearly right away.  It immediately became clear that this was going to be a fun book though even though it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.

We are getting the story from Cora, Nellie and Michiko and are introduced to them and their world right away.  This took up quite a bit of the start of the book but I didn’t find it boring and enjoyed learning about each one.  Each has some very strong skills and they are all bold and fearless.  Each one was maybe not the smartest with their fearlessness though because as the story goes on and we see them in dangerous situations time and time again we begin to see that maybe they just aren’t being very smart.  It’s like they think they are able to take on a killer that kills grown men and that just doesn’t make sense.  Well, maybe for Michiko, but the other two should maybe try to think about staying safe.

One thing that kept me from getting fully immersed in the story and time period is the way these girls speak.  They don’t speak like they should for a historical book, I felt like they were modern day girls put back in time or something.  It just didn’t work very well for me.  Their behavior didn’t fit so well for the time period either as they weren’t so shy to speak with (or kiss) men and went about things as women in our time do, not in Edwardian England.

While there are steampunk elements to it, it wasn’t anything too complicated or difficult to comprehend.  As far as Steampunk goes this was on the lighter side but still had a fair bit of gadgets and whatnot.

The romance was a bit bleh to me.  But it wasn’t really the focus of the story at all and is maybe just a set up for future books.

Overall this book wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but it had it’s fun parts and I may have giggled a time or two.

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  1. Ooh, I was hoping this would be a four or five from you. But I can completely understand falling out of the moment with the way the girls talked and behaved. Even the wilder women weren’t so aggressive sexually and the speech back then was more formal in so many different ways.

  2. I’ve been hearing this was really good but I’m still on the fence. I think the issue with the way they speak would be a positive aspect for me, though. I don’t enjoy historical and the main reason is because of the writing and/or dialogue that I can’t relate to so maybe this one will be more for me. Glad you enjoyed it, regardless, Candace!

  3. Sorry you didn’t like this as much as I did! It was a fun, quick read for sure. And I agree on the lack of romance, but I’m glad the author decided to be different and not focus on it too much.

    And I REALLY agree on the language and dialogue not matching the time period. That downgraded my enjoyment quite a bit.

  4. Well shoot! I had hoped for a higher rating from you on this one, I wanted it to be amazing:) I’m a bit disappointed in the romance, I of course live for romance in books, so the fact that it’s “bleh” is disheartening. I think maybe I’ll wait until book 2 is out and see if it wows you a bit more before I try this one!

  5. I just got my acceptance from NG so I can’t wait to read this one. I’m wondering if the romance will be a deal breaker for me. I just love strong female protagonists and hopefully their personalities will make up for it!

  6. The cover so has me thinking of that movie…I think is was called SUCKER PUNCH? Sounds like an interesting read and I definitely have a friend that would be up for it. Passing the reccomendation along. Thanks for the share! ^_^

  7. Yep, right there with you on this one, Candace! You know I keep reading that the modern language was DELIBERATE, if that’s true I didn’t know that going in and like you, it threw me for a loop. But yes, it’s a fun book and I love all the GIRL POWER moments:)

    Oh, and I loved The Great Raheem. More of him in future books, please!

  8. Yes I can see how historical accuracy would derail this one. I was hoping for more steampunk but I will gladly take a good giggle. Guess I will be starting it soon :)

  9. I didn’t even know about this book until last week. I think the modern language would definitely bug me, too. I like accuracy. Sorry you didn’t love it. Nice review!

  10. At least you got a giggle out of it right? You know how a lot of books have trouble finding themselves in the first book but the second one comes out kicking a**. Maybe this series will be that way. And that darn world building. It does take up a lot of time!


  11. Sounds like a cute book, and the premise is very fascinating. Not sure what I’d think of this one. Sorry it wasn’t on a higher scale for you, but your complaints make perfect sense!


    p.s. reminder to check out the happy toy machine giveaway, since I know if I don’t do something right away, I’ll forget. LOL

  12. Thanks for such an honest review, Candace! I feel as if I’ve seen SO much hype surrounding this book, but I haven’t felt compelled to read it. For some reason, something is holding me back and the qualms you had with this one seem like issues I would face too. It’s a shame this wasn’t what you were hoping for, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it to some extent. Amazing review, dear! :)

  13. I really love steampunk so I’m hoping this fact will be enough to keep me going even though there are some elements that don’t really work. Better luck with your next read!

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