The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Hardcover, 440 pages
Expected publication: Dec. 6th, 2012 by Dial
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.