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BOOK REPORT for The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Cover Story: Steampunk Charlie's Angels
BFF Charm: Three Time's The Charm
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Such A Tease
Bonus Factors: Kickass Heroine, Steampunk, London
Relationship Status: Heavy Flirting

Cover Story: Steampunk Charlie's Angels

This cover probably isn't for everyone, but I'm a sucker for Badass Ladies. The photo just screams adventure and excitement, although Nellie (the blonde) should be holding a rope, not a lame-o card. (And where is her parrot?!) I love the colors and the steampunky vibe, but mostly, I just love walking around with a book that makes me feel FIERCE. Hellooo, Angels.

The Deal:

It's not easy being a girl in early 1900s London, but Nellie, Cora and Michiko aren't really the take-it-easy types. Born in Dublin, Nellie is a beautiful face with a fiery spirit, and she makes her living working as the assistant to the Great Raheem, a famous magician. Cora lived the life of a street urchin before Lord White, an inventor and potential candidate for Prime Minister, took her in and taught her the magnificence of science and engineering. And, drawing the worst lot of them all, Michiko grew up in Japan, passed between a geisha and a samurai, until she ended up in London as the slave fighting assistant to the supremely nasty Callum.  All three girls meet on a fateful night when strange things begin to happen in the city-- mysterious murders, bizarre experiments and baffling robberies-- with the strangest part being the trio's knack for always stumbling upon a dead body. Their innate curiosity and badassery gets the better of them, and soon our three heroines are embroiled in a conspiracy connecting grave robbers, secret scientist societies and a shadowy figure with a penchant for slitting throats.

BFF Charm: Three Time's The Charm

Um, three independent, intelligent and ass-kicking girls? I couldn't keep these BFF charms away from them if I tried. As the sassiest of the three, Nellie was my favorite, but I loved Cora's no-nonsense attitude and Michiko's earnest pursuit of the samurai path. And while they might seem a bit intimidating, all three girls have their clueless moments, so I actually do feel like we could be friends, even though I would always be the one hiding in the corner when danger came along. I even got a preview of our future slumber parties in the book, when the three girls end up drunk and giggling on Nellie's bed. The minute they passed around the flask, I knew we were kindred spirits.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

There's a pretty adorable police officer, not to mention a smokin' hot asshole, but this book isn't really about romance. It's about girls taking matters into their own hands and being brave and clever and daring and a thousand times better than boys.

Talky Talk: Such A Tease

Kress writes in a straightforward style, adding splashes of color and humor that give this story a warm, classic feel. Each heroine has a distinct personality, although there were times when a more in-depth exploration of their histories would have increased the emotional depth of their situations. My main issue was with the pacing. Based on the cover and the premise, I expected to be thrown into a dashing adventure, but instead, the story took its sweet time. I enjoyed the eccentric details of the book, and I don't mind a slow build, but I need tension to keep me interested. This book was charming to be sure, but the slow plot development left me with case of literary blue balls.

Bonus Factor: Kickass Heroine

Whenever Nellie kneed a guy in the groin, or Cora whipped out her gun, or Michiko dished out a slice of her katana, I could barely repress an embarrassingly loud "YOU GO, GIRL!" Because damn, these ladies are badass.

Bonus Factor: Steampunk

I'm not a HUGE fan of steampunk, but I like it in light doses, and Kress does a great job of sprinkling in some cool technology and wonderfully strange (fictional) science without hijacking the story.

Bonus Factor: London

Edwardian London seems so rich with delightful secrets and playful shadows, and since none of the girls are suffering in poverty, I never had to linger in the more unfortunate areas. It was also a blast to visit real spots that had been given a slight twist by the time period and/or the steampunk vibe.

Casting Call:

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Cora

Teresa Palmer as Nellie

Ellen Wong as Michiko (Anyone got a Japanese actress recommendation for me?)

Relationship Status: Heavy Flirting

Man, this book was making eeeeyes at me! And it knew just what to say to pique my interest. (Did I mention it was wearing a super attractive cover?) I was drawn in by its talk of badass ladies and London mysteries, and soon we were engaged in a delightful banter. This book was sassy and fun and v. pleasant, and even though I don't see a real relationship in our future, I'm ever so glad that it chose to wink at me.

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FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Dial Books.  I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). The Friday Society is available now.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).