Sunday, July 26, 2015

A School for Unusual Girls

Boarding school novels are my favorite, so I was eager to check out this novel about girls with strange talents who are taken in by Headmisstress Stranje and taught how to use their talents for the good of the country. Our heroine is Georgiana Fitzwilliam: blessed with a scientific mind and (according to the novel) cursed with red hair and parents who don't care for her. Together with the other unusual girls, Georgie must prevent Napolean from taking power again (at least I think that was the goal).

I don't know anything about the Regency Era, but usually learn a lot of history through historical fiction. Unfortunately, this series seems to also be speculative fiction along the lines of, "What would have happened if Napolean came back into power?" It had me wondering how much of the history was true, so I didn't learn much.

This is the first in a series, so it starts with a newcomer to the school. Unfortunately, the other girls at the school seem far more interesting than Georgie. Add to that the slightly racist portrayal of Madame Cho, the school's disciplinarian, and I won't be sticking around to find out about the other students.

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