A School for Unusual Girls
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 la ...more
Color me surprised! This was a rather amazing read. It was quite baffling because the silliness and hilarity of the story reeled me in. The language of the book was really infectious and I relish the days I spent speaking this way but now I must stop and revert to my boring, normal language. Lol.
In my honest opinion, A School for Unusual Girls is a story written to mainly entertain the reader and I completely ...more
Georgiana Fitzwilliam (YES, just like Fitzwilliam Darcy) is an unusual girl.
She likes science. *shudders delicately* She also has red hair and freckles in a society that abhors both. But it's her love of experiments that is perceived to be the greater of evils . . . *whispers* Well bred young ladies DO NOT science.
And when her father's stable and a quarter of a neighboring orchard burns to ash as a direct result of one of said experiments, her parents have had enough.
Kathleen Baldwin, an American author, has penned a powerful and riveting historical regency-themed story in her book, A School for Unusual Girls that unfolds the story of a young rebellious and an exceptional girl who is a science-freak and loves to experiment with chemicals, irrespective of the polite girls in her society who are not allowed to meddle with chemicals, and that is when her parents decide to send her off to a boarding school ...more
What could have been a cool feminist alt-history adventure for YA audiences quickly became a pathetic and overwrought romance of the worst sort. The supposed heroine, Georgie, spends the vast majority of the novel lamenting her tragic existence which is burdened with being bright (despite being frankly pretty clueless), unattractive (she has red hair?!), and unlovable (actually I pretty much agreed with this point by the end). She takes the occasional break to assume the worst a ...more
Wish me luck! ...more
The story itself does have some charm. Georgie is a frightfully intelligent (if also clueless) teenager. She gets into scrapes all the time where she tests a theory without properly considering all of the angles (such as when she made her own glider). After having caused a devastating fire with one her experiments, her family drops her off at the Stranje School for Unusu ...more
This book was highly enjoyable. One part historical fiction, one part espionage in training, it covered some of my very favorite topics. Like most tales this was one so relatable since it was laced with truth. The quick tempo allowed for me to hardly put it down! i love books that I breeze thru yet still really enjoy.
curious, red-headed Georgiana Fitzwilliam, a.k.a. Georgie, isn't living up to her parents sky high e...more
While it initially appears to be following in Gail Carriger's shoes (Finishing School) that series is witty, thought-provoking and challenging with a bright, well-balanced heroine. This one ... isn ...more
16-year-old Georgiana Fitzwilliam is a hopeless case, at least as far as her parents are concerned. She’d far rather study chemistry and test the laws of physics than go to debutante balls and try to catch a husband -- an attitude which does not go over well in 1814 England. Just as Napoleon has been exiled from France, Georgiana is exiled to Stranje House, a school which promises to whip such incorrigible girls into a condition suitable for return to polite society. But of course the school is...more
What I was very happy to find out about this novel was that it was historically accurate, as far as my own st ...more
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Georgiana was perfect. She was smart and funny and didn't let things like ballgowns and gossip change her. I loved that she didn't let society define her. She knew the things she enjoyed weren't normal for a you ...more
Of course I have the small advantage of having read one of Kathleen Baldwin's regular historical romances recently.
It's not the Finishing School series. It's also not meant to be, although they do share some similarities.
Georgiana is dragged off to a reformatory finishing school by her parents after one of her scientific experiments sets ...more
I’ve been eagerly anticipating A School for Unusual Girls ever since I saw that cover and the Meg Cabot blurb. Everything about it screamed Christina-catnip, and the cover did not lie. A School for Unusual Girls was a delight from start to finish. If you like historical fiction about brilliant young ladies and their ships, then this, my friends, is for you.
You can count on me to be one hundred percent pro historical fiction about incredibly smart girls training for work as spies. Like, ...more
Set in 1814, A School for Unusual Girls is a very elegant book. It contains a fearless main character with a quirky personality and a mysterious boarding school that isn’t what it seems. This book is so exciting and contains so many plot twists that readers will be unable to set the one down!
A School for Unusual Girls is set in 1814 in England and partially in France. All of the historical details in this book seem to be accurate and it is evident that Kathleen Bal ...more
Usually I stay away from Historical Fiction. I tend to not be able to get into the story as much because I feel like I'm ...more
I was provided a copy of the ARC for this book from NetGalley. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. ...more
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Hmph for someone who began this book with way too many expectations then disappointment at the beginning then excitment towards the end I surprise myself in realising right at the end of the book that I really want more.
I had a lot of issues with this book which I'm going to bring down to pacing for the moment and also maintaining a regency-formal hist ...more
It's no surprise that this series is being positioned as the successor to Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassins Trilogy. A number of the essential characteristics are the same -- young women from another time (in this case Napoleonic Era Europe as opposed to medieval Brittania) get involved in politics and international intrigue, with at least a little hint of mysticism. It's got the same sort of modern girl ...more
A School for Unusual Girls was such a fun story. As Britain is at war, a band of young women are recruited to utilize their special talents to help save king and country. I have to admit that this book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting something a lot darker and serious. While it was those things, the humor and romance laced throughout the story gave it a lighter fe ...more
I only had the feeling it was very teenish and intended for a much younger audience than the usual YA, and therefore not what I wanted to read at the moment.
All the mysteries surrounding our MC Georgiana, her presence in this weird school along with the questions, anxieties and dread she has about the situation are handled in a very unsubtle way. And by this, I mean there's very little myster ...more
The start is rather vague in that the new girl Georgiana is our heroine and she ...more
Georgie is the main character and she is a really smart girl, except when it comes to anything social ( which is so important for women in Regency England). So her parents send her to Ms. Stranje's School for Unusal Girls. Her parents hope that this school will whip her into the proper society women she is supposed to be so she can get married. But this scho ...more
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In addition to writing books, Kathleen loves adventure in real life. She ta ...more