Today's post is on A School for Unusual Girls by Kathlenn Baldwin. It is the first in her Stranje House series. It is 334 pages long and published by TOR Teen. The cover has the main character on it with her back to the reader moving towards a house in the distance. The intended reader is someone who likes alternate history, strong female characters, and spy plots. There is mild foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from the first person perspective of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the dust jacket- Welcome to Stranje House.
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 them 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…
Review- I had a wonderful time with this book. Georgie is great, she is full of fire and vinegar. She refuses to be just tossed aside by her parents and family. She is going to take some control over her life and she does. But she does it in way that she could not have foreseen. The setting it interesting, the history does get played with but that is why its alternate history. The romance is mild and mixed in with the confusion of what is going on. I liked Sebastian and did not find him too annoying. I believed that Georgie did sweep him off his feet and all the problems that brings with it. The first book is about Georgie but the books that will follow are about the other girls. I have mixed feelings about this. I want to see what is going to happen with Georgie and Sebastian but I do like the other girls enough to read about them. I look forward to seeing where this story is going to go.
I give this novel a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.