Guys! One of my most anticipated reads of 2013 finally has a cover! Totally found this by accident (no thanks to you goodreads) and here it is:
I quite like it! What do you think? This is from Gail Carriger of the Parasol Protectorate fame. I'd be willing to trade my earliest memories...or maybe my hair color....for an ARC of this book. Apparently it was at the TLA conference or something like that...so I know copies exist...I'm just not special enough yet though.
Still not convinced? Well, I guess the synopsis will be the clincher then (goodreads):
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.