finishing school books

“We both tried to grab at the last copy of that desired book at the same time and had a tug of war.” (from this post)

Sterek ficlet, T, ~1.6k words. Basically, I was going to just do a tiny little drabble as a warm-up for working on one of my WIPs, and then I was having too much fun with it to stop.

(Btw, if you couldn’t tell, I totally made up the book series in question. Any resemblance to any actual book is completely coincidental.) 

It’s definitely some kind of torture that on the day the seventh and final Path of Wolves novel comes out, Stiles still has to go to school like it’s not the most important day of the year or anything.

And okay, so it’s not like anyone else in Beacon Hills has even heard of these books except Scott, and then only because Stiles can’t shut up about them, but still. Stiles spends the entire day practically vibrating out of his skin with the anticipation. He’s pretty sure he hasn’t taken in a word any of his teachers has said today. The only reason he doesn’t try to make a break for it during lunch is that he can’t afford another detention on his record, and even so, he’s still sorely, sorely tempted to risk it. In the end, he has to get Lydia to hide his car keys from him.

(He was going to ask Scott to do it, but Scott would have caved as soon as Stiles started begging, and Stiles is definitely not above begging, so Lydia it is.)

The instant the final bell rings, though, Stiles is out of there, flying across the parking lot and gunning the Jeep. The bookstore probably only ordered a few copies, and if Stiles isn’t holding one of them by the time he leaves, somebody’s about to get murdered.

Not that he actually expects any competition, but it’s better not to let these things go to chance. He already messed up once by procrastinating on pre-ordering until they were sold out; he didn’t think it was possible for a Path of Wolves novel to be sold out. He was wrong, and now he’s paying for it by having to physically go to the bookstore to get it.

Either Stiles vastly overestimated how many copies the store was going to order, or else he vastly underestimated how many people in Beacon Hills read these books, because when he skids to a stop in front of the New Releases shelf, there’s only one copy left. One beautiful, perfect hardcover copy.

Lucky for him, one copy is enough.

Except that when he grabs ahold of it, someone else does, too.

For a long second, Stiles can’t even believe what he’s seeing. Another hand, on his book. Another hand that’s not letting go, even though Stiles has already clearly and unambiguously grabbed it by the spine and isn’t letting go, either.

Stiles turns his head incredulously to get a look at this usurper, and it’s Derek Hale. As in, made-of-muscles, leather-wearing lacrosse captain Derek Hale.

Until this moment, Stiles wasn’t even sure Derek could read, and now he’s trying to steal Stiles’ obscure eight-hundred-page fantasy novel. What.

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This series from @thenovl and @gailcarriger is such a joy. Whether you read for clever girls who can handle fist fights as well as tea parties, adorable romances, paranormal creatures integrated into society, mechanical puppers, and/or some solid sneakytimes, you’ll find all these things in The Finishing School series!

Now I just need to be a good little reader and get my hands on the final paperback. SOAP, MY LOVE, I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN YOU! Hey yo remember this really old unfisnished fanfiction you did like years ago? Yeah well someone added your story to their favorites. :)
Me: -deep sigh- fuck

“Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger

Based on Its Cover

It just looks cool and sounds cool.  Like, Victorian era hitmen - who are women.  I don’t know.  The title sounded cool and the cover was awesome as well.


From the Book


Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is a great trial to her poo mother - her atrocious curtsy is an embarrassment to the family name.  So Mrs. Temminnick entrolls her daughter in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes that school is not quite what her mother might have hoped.  At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies certainly learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage - in the politest possible ways, of course.  Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

In My Humble Opinion

The language takes some time to get used to.  In the beginning, I felt as though I was constantly re-reading passages because the wording didn’t make sense, but after awhile I got used to it and found myself wanting to speak all proper-like the girls in the book.  Carriger also uses the vocabulary of the Victorian time, which obviously isn’t the same as today’s, so I had to look up a few things, like what the heck a ‘pinafore’ was!

I am by no means a “girly-girl”, I’m definitely a jean-t-shirt-sneakers type of woman, so hearing about all the layers of clothing that Sophoronia and Dimity had to wear… Oh hell no!  No wonder women fainted all the time!  They wore 3 layers of clothes plus a corset!  I would be passing out all the time too!  At one point Sophoronia lost her dress, and her outer skirt (?) but still had on her petticoat and underskirt (I think?)… 

Originally posted by vismaviedevie

It made me think about what women of the Victorian era would say if they could time travel to the present and see how “indecent” everyone dresses!  Especially since it’s summer and women are wearing booty shorts and halter tops and showing their bras; meanwhile guys are walking around in shorts and tanks that are just ripped t-shirts to show off their physiques (not that I mind).  And then I thought about how confusing it would be to explain transgenders, lesbians, gays, or crossdressers!

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

This is the conversation I imagined: 
Victorian Lady: “How is one supposed to delineate between who is a man and who is a woman?!”
Me: “Well… women generally have long hair and wear makeup, but there are also women who have really short hair and don’t wear makeup… And then there are guys who have long hair, and guys who seem to be wearing makeup… *scratches head* Um… It’s probably just best to just assume the people with breasts are female and the people with facial hair are males… though sometimes that’s not always the case… It’s very complicated!”

It kinda has a Harry Potter feel to it, in the sense that it’s a school with weird professors, like vampires and werewolves, that teach lessons not general found in normal finishing schools, like what plants or perfumes to use as appropriate poisons or knock out agents, or how to best hide a dagger in your petticoats.  Plus the school floats and can move around, so there’s that.  

There’s a lot avenues for this series to go - you have the flyawaymen and Picklemen, who are mysterious villains trying to obtain a prototype that they believe someone at Miss Geraldine’s school has; you have the boy’s equivalent of Miss Geraldine’s school - Brunson’s School to Evil Gentlemen - that’s teaching boys how to become evil geniuses; and of course a whole school of ladies learning how to spy and lie and potentially double cross each other, AND Soap and the other sooties who work in the boiler room that Sophronia visits, AND Vieve, the 9-year-old inventor who does her own thing and hangs with sooties, even though she’s a potential lady-in-training.  So - lots of ways for this series to go!  I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Final Say

The language of the book takes some getting used to, but once you get past that, it’s a fun “girl’s Harry Potter”. 


House faves:
Sir Dench GranDeletrious
Lady Armitage Granrambunctious
Mademoiselle Grant Oatcapricious

PS: See Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series for truly masterful naming. 

PPS: The vampire names you came up with were unbelievable. Won’t you share your Steampunk name, too?

the 5 senses of the ITH characters

usnavi: the smell of coffee. the sound of a doorbell. the taste of home-cooked meals. the feeling of a warm hug. the sight of a sunset over a bridge.

sonny: the smell of rain. the sound of kids yelling. the taste of homemade slushies. the feeling of worn out clothes. the sight of a light flickering.

vanessa: the smell of alcohol. the sound of the city. the taste of cinnamon. the feeling of trying new things. the sight of a place of comfort.

nina: the smell of new books. the sound of the ocean waves crashing. the taste of childhood meals. the feeling of falling in love. the sight of a plane taking off.

benny: the smell of leather. the sound of a car starting up. the taste of someone’s lips on yours. the feeling of growing up. the sight of a picture perfect moment.

pete: the smell of weed. the sound of the subway train. the taste of adventure. the feeling of impasto painting. the sight of a graffiti-covered wall.

daniela: the smell of conditioner. the sound of scissors cutting. the taste of coca-cola. the feeling of leaving behind what you love. the sight of bright red lipstick.

carla: the smell of freshly-washed hair. the sound of a page turning. the taste of minty gum. the feeling of being so happy you could burst. the sight of the sun shining through your window.

Camps RWBY characters sign up for at Camp Campbell

Ruby: Engineering camp (so she can make sure everything is also a gun)

Weiss: Singing camp (but she lied to her dad so he thinks she’s at a finishing school)

Blake: Book camp, but she spies on the Wood Scouts at night for a secret vigilante camp.

Yang: Boxing camp. Wood Scouts are very aware of her power.

Jaune: He doesn’t know yet. He just wants to learn something that would make him cool for once.

Nora: Weightlifting camp, and sometimes weight throwing when the Wood Scouts show up or the Flower Scouts try to steal her man. She’s also known to spar with Yang, which usually results in chaos.

Pyrrha: Modelling camp. Her parents wanted to send her to this ultra-expensive, prestigious workshop but she instead she convinced them to send her to this one because of a certain blond.

Ren: Cooking camp. The quartermaster pretty much made him the head chef in the kitchens and David will drive him to the supermarket to buy half-decent ingredients. Pancakes for breakfast every day.

Speaking of books I’ve been reading, I finished Etiquette and Espionage in one day and can’t wait for the next installment!  Steampunk fans may recognize Gail Carriger as the author of the Parasol Protectorate, and while this new Finishing School series is set in the same universe, the focus is less on romance and more on adventure and coming of age.  The heroine Sophronia is deemed a mess and shipped off to finishing school, but the teachers turn out to be just as interested in teaching her the arts of poisoning and vampire assassination as they do improving her curtsy.

Gothic heroines can learn a great many lessons from this book, from the proper use of décolletage as a hiding place to how to fend off airborn highwaymen.  It’s also fun to watch the tomboyish Sophronia come to appreciate pretty and frilly things while not losing her love of reinforced footwear, and I’m eager to see where her adventures take her.


A Pál utcai fiúk | The Boys of Paul Street (1969)
“Boka János komolyan nézett maga elé a padra, és most először kezdett derengeni egyszerű gyereklelkében a sejtés arról, hogy tulajdonképpen mi is az élet, amelynek mindnyájan küzdő, hol bánatos, hol vidám szolgái vagyunk.”

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart :: Sentence Starters
  • "Just messing around."
  • "I thought we started over. Isn't this the starting over?"
  • "I was a coward."
  • "Why do you hate yourself?"
  • "You've got to be kidding."
  • "Do you believe in God?"
  • "Nothing penetrates my armor. Hadn't you noticed?"
  • "Damn. I thought it was working."
  • "You don't know me."
  • "I shouldn't do this."
  • "I know. I knew all along."
  • "I want to talk about it."
  • "I was a coward."
  • "I want things I can't have."
  • "You have crossed me. You will die if you cross me again."
  • "It's fucked up that I did all that. I'm sorry."
  • "Get out!"
  • "You've remembered."
  • "You've been crying."
  • "You don't like him."
  • "Do you even play handball?"
  • "She looks like you."
  • "If you're going crazy it's your own damn choice."
  • "I don't know what to tell you."
  • "Did you sleep in your clothes?"
  • "I can see the flames."
  • "Some people have nothing. We have everything."
  • "Nobody asked you."
  • "Why did you give away all your belongings?"
  • "Do you remember anything else?"
  • "I don't think I should talk about it anymore or I'll start crying again."
  • "We killed the dogs."
  • "I still don't remember what went wrong."
  • "I can't stay here with you."
  • "I shouldn't have kissed you."
  • "See you in a better world."
  • "You know what's terrifying?"