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Blog Tour: ‘The Friday Society’ by Adrienne Kress Review and Guest Post

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Blog Tour: ‘The Friday Society’ by Adrienne Kress Review and Guest PostThe Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Published by Dial Books on December 6th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 440
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
three-stars
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 Steam-punk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

About Adrienne Kress

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, launched in the Fall 2012 from Dial, Penguin and her first ever quirky YA paranormal romance, OUTCAST, comes out June 4th, 2013 with Diversion Books.

Adrienne 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. THE FRIDAY SOCIETY was nominated for a Quill Award, and has been optioned for television.

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Guestpost

Why Steampunk, why now?

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It’s interesting to observe Steampunk gaining . . . uh . . .steam. This time last year we had a Justin Bieber Steampunk music video, and Barney’s had a Steampunk Holiday window theme. And yet that wasn’t even the apex. This year we have more books than ever coming out in both the adult and YA markets. As well as several TV shows and movies, either wholly Steampunk or with delightful Steampunk flavouring. And the fashion industry has happily taken it onboard – heck Tyra Banks did a Steampunk photoshoot with her top model candidates this past cycle.

But why Steampunk now?

Sometimes things just gain momentum and that’s all there is to it. But I do believe that, in the case of Steampunk, its current popularity reflects the current state of our society. The popularity of the oldy-timey Steampunk actually is a very modern thing.

Here are some of my thoughts on why:

We live in an age of magic

Most of us don’t actually understand how the tools we use work. I have this flat rectangular box that allows me to call people, take pictures, communicate by typing, play games and music, watch videos, etc., and so forth. It’s a magic box. How does it work? I have no idea. I really don’t. And most of us don’t. We live in a magical world, not quite understanding why things happen the way they do, but we are grateful for it nonetheless.

Still, the not knowing can also be frustrating. Steampunk technology, on the other hand, is human-sized. Where modern technology in some cases needs magnifying glasses or even a microscope to interact with it, Steampunk tech consists of gears, levers, etc. Basically it’s a world of Rube Goldberg-y devices, one thing affecting another. We can see it happen. Further we can understand how it happens, which means we can make it ourselves. You can look at it and think . . . that makes sense. Things that make sense are enjoyable.

Making stuff has become a popular trend

I think this also stems from living in a magical world. Since everything is pre-packaged, pre-made, just press a button and the food is hot, people are starting to rebel slightly. Twenty-somethings, considered first adopters of any new technology, now are also getting into cooking, and knitting, and crafts. It’s like we’re going through another Arts and Crafts movement. This is what also draws people to Steampunk: making your own clothes, props, inventions.

 

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Steam-punk Fashion

Whatever you think of the Hipster dogma (the “it’s only cool if no one else knows about it” thing), you can’t deny its influence on fashion. Steam-punk fashion has a great deal of crossover with it. Suspenders, button down shirts, hats and mustaches. It’s hard to know which came first, Steam-punk or the Hipster (the Hipsters would say they did, of course), but each has contributed to the popularity of the other.

 

There is something of the slower pace of the past that people also enjoy in the present

It’s nothing new to say we live in a fast-paced world. If I don’t answer an email the day of, the sender worries something’s wrong. If I don’t answer a text almost instantly, I’m ignoring my friend. Obviously the Victorian/Edwardian period was much slower. Steam-punk societies go for group outings that usually consist of walks. Steam-punk creators take their time working on their projects. It’s a different tempo.

Manners

Whether or not we are less mannered now is a matter of opinion. Surely in some ways, definitely, but then again, I don’t think the lower classes from the Victorian period were necessarily all polite speech. Nor do I always see manners as being all positive. Sometimes the habit of tradition can get in the way of logic and progress. That being said, it’s nice to have a bit of formality. It’s nice for people to speak with some flare and a careful choice of words. It’s nice to be polite.

 

Cosplay

This is something specifically geeky, and not about society at large. Cosplay is a form of geekdom where fans will dress up as their favourite character, etc., at a convention. While you’ve always had people dressing up in Star Trek uniforms, cosplay has really exploded in the last decade – thanks in no small part to women attending conventions in higher numbers (not saying that men don’t enjoy it too, but you definitely see a correlation). It is fantastic to see the skill and effort put into making these costumes, and more and more people are getting into it. Steam-punk has become a staple of conventions, and there are cos players who, having never considered doing Steam-punk before, think, “Oh, that’s neat!” I know a group of people who first were introduced to Steam-punk when someone suggested they do a Steam-punk X-Men.

 

Tea

Everyone loves tea. And high tea, with little sandwiches and cakes . . . so good. So these are some of my theories, and I’m sure others can add their own, so please do below! Ultimately, whatever the reason that Steam-punk is so popular at this moment, I’m just happy that it is.

Photo Credit: steampunk-pics.com


review

Cora, the intelligent brunette works with an inventor. Nellie, the gorgeous blonde works as a magician’s assistant. Michiko, the Japanese Samarai who works with an abusive wannabe Japanese man. All three girls are beautiful, and deadly. When a string of murders come along and they find themselves caught in the crossfire, will they solve the case or get into mote trouble with their bosses?

I love how all three are girls are similar yet different at the same time. They come from specific backgrounds and their personalities still shine through. As for the guy characters, I extremely liked Jeff who was a shy guy, yet sweet and an overall gentleman. I did grow tired of reading how extremely good looking everyone was. Yes I get they’re handsome and beautiful in appearance, no need for the constant repetition.

The thing is I never know if steam punk exists in the modern realm with an inspiration to the past or if its something completely different. So I’m guessing its both since the world building in this novel is impeccable. The setting is fully fleshed out and completely detailed. I loved the intricate descriptions of some of the inner workings of the gizmos and gadgets that appeared in the story. Adrienne thoroughly did her research and she did it well. Her scenes open up just like a movie creates the feeling of a time period, but what is great in the setting, lacks in other areas. The key driver for most books is plot. There wasn’t a story that kept me from turning the pages. I had to stop and pick it up again and that is always a big sign that I won’t end up liking the book in the end. I tend to get hooked into books very easily but if by the first 50-150 pages I’m bored, then I can automatically assume there’s nothing worthwhile. It’s good I’m stubborn though, because even if I’m bored, I’ll keep going because I just have to finish the book. I’m glad I kept going because the story does pick up in the end, and it turned out to be one heck of an adventure.

Characters
Incredibly detailed and rich. Each main character has a back story, a personality, and a purpose

Pacing
Slow..Very slow to pick up in the beginning, but the end makes up for a great climatic ending.

Cover & Design
Gorgeous. Love what the models are wearing and how they have such a strong pose. Also kudos for featuring an Asian on the cover! (Not very many now-a-days)

Plot
A murder mystery that is quite similar to the TV show Charlie’s Angels where females kick butt and solve crimes.

Read it for all its steam-punk goodness and the incredibly rich character development!


quotes

She had been in love with things exploding ever since. (6)
He says that this is more than just being a good warrior; he says that this is living an honorable life and using your skills wisely. That you must help others before you help yourself. (65)
See Cora in a bright red dress that makes her look super hot but not giving a shiny. That makes her look stunning, though she couldn’t care less. (67)
Clearly this is all you think of me, some life-size doll for you to dress up. It’s obvious you don’t think there’s much else going on inside. (68)
Sometimes the way I say things comes across the opposite of what I mean. (105)
I’ll have you know lots of girls are rather fond of my front. My back, too. (162)
I believe every man is capable of killing for a reason. (290)
I don’t think girls are like children at all. You’re just…softer…gentler. You think about nice things, is all. You don’t see the dark world and you need us to protect you from it. (305)

rating

3/5

three-stars

12 Comments

  1. Millie

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  3. Diana Grace

    May 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    The book cover is such a cutie.. An interesting read, I would absolutely give it a try! Thanks for the post 🙂

    – Diana

  4. Jaime Lester

    December 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I am getting ready to start reading this one in just a few minutes, and I wanted to reread your review one more time before I got started. I am good to go now, and expecting a nice ride!

  5. Munnaza

    December 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I’ve heard amazing things about this book. I love books with kickass heroines, especially if they’re amazingly written.; I can’t wait to heck it out. Thanks for the review!

  6. Teresa Salvatore

    December 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    It amazes me how each generation takes something from the past, reinvents it, and makes it new again. Makes it their own. I love this about our world! Looking forward to reading The Friday Society!

  7. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 9, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    WOOOW~ Love your layouts~<333 You are totally a design master! I can't wait to start this book :3

  8. Brent

    December 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    interesting

  9. Sarah O

    December 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    I love steampunk in general. There’s this really cool store in PEI that does steampunk jewelry, and I forgot the name but googling seems to tell me it’s called Overman. They have pictures on their facebook page but it’s basically a mix of gears and old fashioned cameos combined, and they’re really cool.

    Not sure this sounds like my kind of book exactly, but I am a fan of steampunk!

  10. Jaime Lester

    December 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Whew! Thank goodness you like this book. I have been getting more and more excited about it every single time I see the awesome cover. And I love steampunk. Whether it is full blown steampunk or a little steampunk flavor. If I could I would bring elements of this wonderful genre into my life. It is definitely awesome to see some of this stuff in person.

  11. Roxy G.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I’ve heard a lot about this book recently. I’m not a big fan of books that start slow at the beginning but I guess if there’s an ending that’s worth it then I might read it. Since the plot sound good I’ll pick this book up if I’m looking for something to read but I don’t think it’s going to the top of my to-read list.

  12. Samantha

    December 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I enjoy steampunk, but I don’t specifically read books because they are. I’ll probably pick up this book because it seems like it will be interesting. I love the cover and the idea behind this book. Overall I’m pretty excited.

  13. Bree

    December 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    I. Can’t. Wait. To read this book!! My first foray into steampunk was a collection of short stories (which as a collection only garnered 3 stars), but my FAVORITE story of the collection was one by Adrienne Kress. I was so excited to discover that the book with the most amazing cover in 2012 was written by the author of the awesome steampunk short story I read earlier this year, and now I’m dying to get to read it!

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