Release Date: December 6th, 2012
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Source: ARC from publisher
Be your own hero. An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
Five words: Charlie’s Angels meets Steampunk awesomeness! Friday Society was really a great read, with some nice twists and interesting characters. The Steampunk aspect of the book was well done, which got me even more in love with this book. I really got hooked from the beginning with those three main characters, all so different, and yet similar. The settings were perfect to set the mood of the story, and keep the mystery going.
Cora, Nellie and Michiko were so interesting to follow, and I have to say that the multiple points of view helped with that. We got to know them as individual, see how their mind worked in a way that would have made it impossible for us to understand them as well as we did. The three girls are so different, and their voices resonated differently because of that. The one narrator I did find the most interesting was Michiko, as the language barrier makes her observation, her thoughts different from those of Cora and Nelly. Then we have the fun and energetic Nellie, whose personality makes it impossible for you not to like him. Finally, Cora’s sarcastic tone and confidence made me really want to get to know her. The three girls just complimented each other nicely, to create a kick-ass team.
The story was simply fun and addicting. Never once found a dull moment that made me want to put the book down. I actually ended up keeping it by my side all afternoon and night, opening it up the moment I had a few minutes free to read a little more of the novel. Mystery, murders, and or course friendships are all the things you will find in this novel, and even more. Love may not have been a big aspect of the novel (we do get to see some little moments, but it is not a main aspect of the novel), but I was happy of that. It was nice to see this be a little more in the background, leaving more space for the blooming friendship between those girls.
This novel made me really want to read more from Adrienne Kress, and made me really hope we will get a sequel. I think those three girls still have many mysteries to share with us. I nice read I would definitely recommend!
Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.
She is the author of two children's novels: ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN and TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE (Scholastic). Her debut YA novel, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, launches Fall 2012 from Dial, Penguin.
She is a theatre graduate of the Univeristy of Toronto and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. Published around the world, ALEX was featured in the New York Post as a "Post Potter Pick," as well as on the CBS early show. It won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in the UK and was nominated for the Red Cedar. The sequel, TIMOTHY, was nominated for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was recently optioned for film.
She is also one of the founding members of the geektastic website Hardcore Nerdity