A School for Unusual Girls

A School for Unusual Girls

A Stranje House Novel

Book - 2015
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"A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure "completely original and totally engrossing." It's 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England's dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society's constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies--plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war. After accidentally setting her father's stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible--until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads--or their hearts... A School for Unusual Girls is a great next read for fans of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series and Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765376008
9781466849273
Characteristics: 351 pages; 21.5 cm.

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Birdcat
Jun 29, 2018

To be frank, there's nothing particularly original about this book. The main character is just a walking embodiment of the tired old "I'm not like other girls, I like science and Do Experiments and I Don't Care How I Look and I Never Think About Boys" trope. This character is presented to us as though we're supposed to find it astonishing that a girl Likes Science. Co-education was nowhere near as unheard of and scandalous in the 19th century as the author seems to think, especially not among the upper classes. Ada Lovelace, one of the most celebrated mathematicians of all time, would reach the height of her fame not long after the year this book is set in. I would find the attitude of Georgiana's parents more believable if they were low class, meaning that Georgiana would be required to spend the vast majority of her time working within the home or outside the home to assist with income. I ultimately found her very obnoxious. Much of the action and dialogue in this book is not communicated well, the scene where Georgiana falls and is caught by Handsome And Mysterious was weird as hell. How much dialogue can take place while while you are being held in the arms of a handsome young lord, appqrent against your will, since that's such a dreadful situation to be in I guess?

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Chloe565
Jun 23, 2017

This is a great book,the author starts the series of kind of fast,but it gets better as you go. What I really want to see is the 3rd book
Have an epilogue,or if there's more than 3 I want to see the last book have an epilogue.Honestly I got so frustrated when each book so far,ended abruptly,so I guess it's waiting for the last book.

Kereesa Sep 09, 2015

DNF-This is literally a YA version of a historical romance. And a pretty pathetic one at that.

martha_w May 25, 2015

I wanted to love this series-opener, set in a boarding school during the Napoleonic Wars that trains young ladies to be spies, but I couldn't quite manage it. The characters' dialogue felt jarringly modern (and American) at times; the protagonist's internal monologue was frequently tiresome; and the romance at times felt forced. However, I give the author high marks for a really intriguing premise, which I enjoyed enough to ensure that I will probably read the subsequent volumes. I think the foundation for a really solid series is here, it just needs to be polished a bit.

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