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The Friday Society

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An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines 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 fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published December 6th 2012 by Dial
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Gowns, guys, and guns, you say? Yes please! Fun is the best word for this novel. It's a blast from start to finish. We definitely get a lot of guns, and really? Who cares about the rest?

To start with what matters the most: the characters. The three girls we meet in this novel are all spunky, charismatic, and each have their own highly addictive voices. I adored each one and I had a hard time choosing a favorite, but I think I have decided on Cora. Her sarcastic nature really clicked with my own
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
First things first: The Friday Society is a turn-of-the-century almost-steampunk (I’ll get to the ‘almost’ part later) that is exciting, funny and has a large number of unique, interesting characters. The idea of three intelligent young girls teaming up to solve crimes may have been used and abused far too many times, but the Victorian setting meant a new context that could have provided the necessary freshness. Unfortunately, it made things much worse instead.

Cora, Nellie and Michiko don’t have
The Holy Terror
I want to read this book noooooooow.

Is it just me or does it seem like there are more and more Japanese protagonists lately? And look! There's even a Japanese girl on the cover! Good for them. I'm glad they didn't white-wash the cover ... I'm looking at you, The Immortal Rules :<
The Friday Society totally reminds me of this Will Smith movie I once saw as a kid, Wild Wild West. It was stupid and silly and ‘won’ a bunch of Razzies, but it was still mildly entertaining the first time through. Just not the second. Or the third. Or, well, you get my point.

This book is the same way, intentionally stupid and intentionally silly - actually, if I had to pick one word to describe this, that word would be gimmicky. Because there are a lot of gimmicks involved, like how the first l
Sherwood Smith
I would have adored this book had I been the age of the intended audience--teen. It's a romp of a story, featuring three girls, all of whom are assistants to men, in a Hollywood-backdrop London during a vague handwave at the nineteenth century. The existence of "cavorite", a new element with anti-gravitic features, permits flying ships, plus there are goggles and laboratories and steam-powered carriages.

Cora, the street girl turned lab assistant, Nellie, the burlesque dancer turned magician's as
Jan 21, 2013 Mav marked it as avail-both
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Interest sparked by her post on creating female characters:

we as authors have been writing about people we aren't for forever. We find a way to empathise, we find a way in. Female characters are no different. All they are are characters. They are people too. Instead of asking yourself, "How do I write this female soldier?" ask yourself, "How do I write this soldier? Where is she from, how was she raised, does she have a sense of humour? Is she big and tall
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I am conflicted - that 4 might change after a few days' think. Some parts, like the girls themselves, were excellent. Witty. Funny. Other parts, like anachronistic language and the vastly under-developed romances were... not good. At all.

It was fun, it was fluffy, there were lots of explosions. Some feats of daring and sleuthing, but The Friday Society also felt.. overextended at times. 440 pages is respectable, but I couldn't help think that some parts were unnecessarily dragged past their due
The Friday Society is a prime example of a killer concept being slain by mediocre writing and lazy execution. I desperately wanted what the tagline said I'd get: "An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns and the heroines who use them all." Instead, The Friday Society turned out to be a snooze filled, exposition fest with dull characters, telegraphed plot twists and an unintelligible plot.

Set in 1900, The Friday Society follows three extraordinary young women - Nellie, Cora, and Michiko - who
This is the first review I've written in a few months. Bear with me. For the record, I received a copy of this book for review from Dial. And I'm "internet friends" with the author. Moving on --

The Friday Society is not the first of its kind. YA steampunk’s been going strong (and, please, do not make the mistake of assuming I'm using that word in a positive way) since the publication of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, the first of her Infernal Devices series. As Cassandra Clare is a well kno
When I picked up THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, I wasn't expecting a ton. Steampunk is one of those subgenres that I kind of enjoy but often find overrated. I was pretty into the first chapter though, wherein Cora discovers a rich guy got himself hired for her job and deals with it through explosions. Then the book kept getting better.

Cora, Michiko, and Nellie are all assistants. It's about the best job a girl can aspire to in Edwardian London. Working in a lab got Cora off the streets. Nellie took her bur
Megan (Book Brats)
A cover alone can draw a reader into a book. Of course, everyone says to not judge a book by its cover, but how can you resist with THE FRIDAY SOCIETY? It has three very strong-looking girls from different backgrounds, including a person of color. And while the story inside isn’t exactly what I was expecting – and unexpectedly was filled with anachronisms galore – I found myself really enjoying the ride. With a few minor reservations.


This is the reason you should read this book. The ma
The girls carry this story. There's a flair to the third-person, anachronistic narration style that identifies each protagonist; it's this style that somehow distinguishes Cora (sarcastic, pragmatic) from Nellie (frank, cheerful; she's how I imagine a typical American Southerner to be like) from Michiko (dry, focused), and it's all done well. A few quotes to illustrate what I mean:
Lord White had her [Cora] put on the goggles he'd had custom made to fit her tiny ten-year-old frame, handed her the
J.M. Frey
I had the very good luck to read an advance of this fun adventure steampunk novel. If you love manners, murder, mayhem, mystery, and some really kick-ass heroines, you're going to love this book. Step aside boys, the girls are doin' for themselves!
sunset shimmer
This review is also available over at my blog.


Actual rating is 4.5 stars. There will be spoilers in this review, by the way.

So we have three girls: Cora Bell, Nellie Harrison and Michiko Takeda, all three assistants to powerful men. Cora is the techy, feisty lab assistant. Nellie is the beautiful, happy-go-lucky assistant of the Great Raheem, a magician. And Michiko is the Japanese fight assistant of a man named Callum Fielding-Shaw. As numerous murders go on in their city
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

And then there was an explosion.

London, the year 1900. Three smart, savvy, very different young women are struggling to make their way in the world. Cora, a clever girl from the streets, has been taken in by the brilliant (if eccentric) scientist and inventor Lord White, for whom she works as a private secretary and lab assistant. Since being hired, Cora has become quite adept at putting things together and taking them apart, and has developed a fondness
Welcome to the refreshingly humorous world of Adrienne Kress! If you've ever read her other works (Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, Timothy and the Dragon's Gate) then you'll be well familiar with her wit, and the ease in which she charms us with her wonderful characters. I looooooved this book. LOVED IT. I've been so longing for a young dynamic cast of female super heroes - and the steampunk theme is an added bonus.

In a book where three characters - Cora, Nellie and Michiko - have top billing, M
Ashley Chen
When I first got introduced to the book I was like Charlie's Angels? And since I rarely read steampunk (even though I love the genre), I decided to give this one a try. Did it work out for me? Let's find out.

Cora - cute, but still boy-ish and loves explosions. Haha, really reminded me of some of my friends. :) She grew up on the streets so she was born tough with this flare of sneaky-ness. She kind of reminds me of a cute fox. She can be beautiful, cute, and cunning. She also is confid
I found that this story was really cute, but not a favorite. If you remember, we did a Waiting on Wednesday on this book back in October, and I was able to get a copy of it when I went to New York Comic Con. I was excited to check out a book about three kick ass ladies who solve crime.

The reason that I did not love this book was because a lot of the language and terms used were ones not from the early 1900s, and as a historian, well, I got irked. For starters, the Nellie and Cora kept referring
Finally! A Steampunk novel that I actually enjoyed reading! I remember putting a status on goodreads that read that I have given up on steampunk novels for good because I've had multiple failed attempts with very popular and highly rated steampunks. I am so happy that I picked up The Friday Society because it was kick butt and so freaking empowering! Of course, the team work between three unlikely different girls to solve a london mystery was a bonus, and the addition of all the technology in me ...more
Vikki VanSickle
You know I love a good girl power (ugh how I wish I could find a cooler term) novel.When I first heard of the concept- three girls who are apprentices to powerful men join forces to create a sort of secret superhero society in Victorian (or is Edwardian?) London- it felt so perfect I couldn’t believe no one had attempted it before. Kress’ love of all things steampunk combined with a sassy attitude make her the perfect writer for this story.

This book is a fine balancing act. It is at times silly,
When you meet these three very different and industrious young ladies, you cannot help but be charmed by the narrative and the roles they play as assistants to very different men. Cora, an inventor. Nellie, a magicians assistant. Michiko, a fighter, lethal with a blade.

But you can only be charmed by Kress's narrative and "AND THERE WAS an explosion" trick for so long. Very quickly the plot dissolves into a campy typical heroes rising to defeat some cartoonish and irrational villain, with a side
Don't waste your time with this book. Example: The first few sentences of the novel, "And then there was an explosion. It was loud. It was bright. It was explosion-y." Unfortunately the book doesn't get any better beyond that sentence. I wish I could say Kress was being cheeky with those first few sentences, but it really just seemed like she was trying to be cheeky and failed miserably.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. Three kick ass young women, and even an Asian one? Woohoo! And yet,
Meet Cora: an inventor's apprentice. Highly skilled and an exceptional problem-solver. Loves explosions and gadgets.
Meet Nellie: a magician's assistant. Capable of hiding anywhere, even in plain sight (especially in plain sight). Talented with sleight-of-hand and an excellent performer.
Meet Michiko: the assistant to a self-defense teacher (who, in spite of his bluster, is not nearly as brilliant as he suspects). One of the few girls accepted into training as a samurai. A genius with weaponry. Do
K. Bird
"And then there was an explosion"

The repeat of that line in the beginning of each of the three chapters introducing the three girls (the scientist, the acrobat/magician, and the warrior) I had an inkling of both the fun and the somewhat formulaic nature of the story I was getting into.

Three girls, assistants to older men, live in London, and are experiencing a new relationship with a boy nearer their own age.

Cora is the inventor, Lord White's assistant. But Lord White's hired a new, male assista

This was quite good. Though I did have a few issues with it, such as: the dialogue, the narration, the cheesy villains, the rubbish ending, not to mention a main character that was stereotypical and boring.
Even though this was set in Victorian London, the writing was very modern and I felt quite cheated by that, it was like the author couldn't be bothered, she just wanted the romanticism of Victorian London all whilst putting in the minimal amount of effort. What annoyed me most, was not
In an alternative, steampunk London, three very different intelligent young women--a genius lab assistant, a gorgeous magician's assistant/acrobat, and a Japanese combat instruction assistant--are thrown together through a series of murders and mysterious occurrences.

Honestly, I picked this up because of the cover. It's eye-catching, and a nice change from waifs-in-floaty-dresses (or corseted ballgowns, for steampunk novels). Unfortunately, it was the best thing about the book.

I found this in th
Julie Czerneda
What a breath of fresh air!!
The Friday Society is exciting, fast-paced, fun, and satisfying. London comes alive between its pages, and Kress is totally convincing, whether writing about the vogue of hosting scientific demonstrations (with brandy, of course) to the feel of cobbles underfoot in the fog. Her characters are three real and fascinating women, each with her own skills, each with her own problems. Once they meet? "Look out, evil masterminds!"
Not to mention "Look out, anyone who undere
hehe this looks awesome! I absolutely cannot wait!

So I had fun reading this. I loved the whole girl hero idea, and I liked that it was steampunk. I liked the men and the setting and scenario. It all could have been better but I still had a fun ride. Love the Cover.

Cora, Nellie, Michiko > Great characters, love their differences, love how they bond together.

The Men > Interesting and predictable love interests. It's sad what happens to one of them (though he's more of a male friend
the golden witch.
This one was a fun read, guys. If you're looking for a good, bubblegum book, this is definitely your read. For some reason, it had me harkening back to the 90s "girl power" thing, I don't know why, but maybe it was our empowered heroines. While there were a few things that bugged me, overall I did enjoy "The Friday Society" and recommend it to those looking for a fun fantasy novel to while away an afternoon with.

Let's start with the characters - I loved all three of our heroines, though I will a
Cassandra Phoenix

ETA: this book and I were done when Michiko started talking about samurai fighting in masks. Ninja fight in masks. A samurai would never dishonor him/herself by taking on an opponent with their face covered up. I am disapoointed in every way in this book and the academic rigor of the author -- and the copyeditor! Who let this get published?

Like, omigod, I didn't know they had Valley Girls in 19th-Century steampunk alterna-London!

(or, if you want me to believe in the authenticity of the era in wh
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Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

She is the author of two children's novels: ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN and TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE (Scholastic). Her debut YA novel, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, launched in the Fall 2012 from Dial, Penguin and her first ever quirky YA paranormal roma
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