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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fun and spunky! Cover Talk: Steampunk!!!! *flails* I don¿t thin

Fun and spunky!

Cover Talk: Steampunk!!!! *flails* I don’t think any of you realize how much I wish I could walk around in steampunk clothing all of the time. My life would be epic.




First Line: “And then there was an explosion.”




Why I Read It: My former English...
Fun and spunky!

Cover Talk: Steampunk!!!! *flails* I don’t think any of you realize how much I wish I could walk around in steampunk clothing all of the time. My life would be epic.




First Line: “And then there was an explosion.”




Why I Read It: My former English teacher sent me a message one day on Facebook with this book and said that this book just screams my name.  Truer words have never been spoke.




Characters: Cora is my favorite! Brilliant inventor, witty, spunky, and full of passion for everything she does, it is no wonder I love her.




Nellie is the fun one of the group. She is the Great Raheem’s young, beautiful, blonde assistant. She loves sparkly things, glittery distractions, and talking to Cora and Michiko.




Michiko is a young Japanese samurai. I absolutely love her. Her katana is beautiful and Michiko’s fight scenes are some of the best I’ve ever read in a YA novel.




Plot/World-building: This book is not just steampunk with a twist, but also a mystery. Someone is killing members of a secret society and Cora, Nellie, and Michiko end up getting pushed together to solve it. Cora uses her connections with Lord White, Nellie uses her popularity among her fans, and Michiko uses her training as a samurai.




The steampunk of this novel is a little light. I wish there would have been more, but the mystery and relationships between the three girls made me not mind as much.




Writing Style: The best thing about this book, also the oddest thing, is that Kress uses a mixture of modern and and Victorian language. At first, it bothered me, but as I got more involved with the characters and what was going on, I found it to be brilliant.




Final Thoughts: I adored this book and cannot wait to read more of Adrienne Kress’s works. I don’t know if there will be a sequel to this or not, but if so, I will definitely read it!

posted by Shirley_Holmes on June 6, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Chapter by Chapter's review of The Friday Society

My first initial thought when I saw the Friday Society by author Adrienne Kress had nothing to do with the plot or the characters. It was all about the cover. The first thing that came to my mind was this: “Dude, that looks just like the Birds of Prey: Trouble in Mind c...
My first initial thought when I saw the Friday Society by author Adrienne Kress had nothing to do with the plot or the characters. It was all about the cover. The first thing that came to my mind was this: “Dude, that looks just like the Birds of Prey: Trouble in Mind cover but steampunk.” And it totally did (minus the fiery red headed Poison Ivy), which of course, made me want to read the novel and after reading the brief synopsis/description on the back of the book, I was dying to get started!

The Friday Society is the story of three young girls living in a steampunk London, England. Each girl trying to find a specific purpose in their lives to keep from being defined as a simple assistant, so enter a murder mystery straight out of Sherlock Holmes and you have three very different girls working together to solve the case! But things aren’t as bright and sunny as they seem, whoever has been murdering the good citizens of London is having a serious case of the I-wanna-kill-you blues and has left a throng of corpses in their wake. It’s up to Michiko, Nellie and Cora to stop them and prove to themselves that they are more than defenseless, assisting girls.

I personally found that the first thing I loved about the Friday Society was the author’s playful tone in the novel, it didn’t make the story feel as serious as the plot was and I enjoyed that because during the more darker scenes, I didn’t have my stomach rolling in knots and actually found myself chuckling at the narration. The humorous writing style made me feel lighthearted when reading the novel and actually had me wanting to continue reading more so than if the novel was strictly serious 24/7. But don’t get me wrong, the novel does have its more serious moments and it doesn’t hold back at all.

The Friday Society is a total girl power novel, especially considering that each of the female main characters holds empowering traits that makes a girl readers (like myself) feel really good about… well… being a girl! Considering that this is happening in a steampunk universe and how the cover made me felt, I’ll admit I was hoping for something vigilante/superheroish to go down. Holy, hold my socks, Batman! The Friday Society gives readers three girls who (after most of the plot goes down) decide that “Hey! It’d be pretty cool if we just became vigilantes to solve this crime.” Yes. Just. Yes.

My ultimate favorite character from the plot, hands down, was Michiko. The other girls and I just didn’t mix, while Cora definitely holds some sass that most teenage girls can relate to, and Nellie definitely held a girlie ethic that other girls can relate to—Michiko was the only one who was trained in one thing: How to kick butt! Slowing it down, I want to be the ninja that Michiko is. I don’t care about gadgets or magic like the other girls (however, my all-time favorite movie is the Prestige and did give me an edge for illusions), I care about how to finish a fight if I ever get in one and with her katana sword Michiko definitely acted like the DCU character on the Trouble in Mind cover: Katana (and I’m talking about the character, not Michiko’s sword).

So all in all, a really fun read! I would recommend The Friday Society to readers who want a steampunk with a twist, girls who want something to help them feel proud of being a female and those of us who want main characters who aren’t afraid to tell their significant other to shut right on up when they absolutely need to.

posted by chapterxchapter on December 16, 2012

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Fun and spunky! Cover Talk: Steampunk!!!! *flails* I don¿t thin

    Fun and spunky!

    Cover Talk: Steampunk!!!! *flails* I don’t think any of you realize how much I wish I could walk around in steampunk clothing all of the time. My life would be epic.




    First Line: “And then there was an explosion.”




    Why I Read It: My former English teacher sent me a message one day on Facebook with this book and said that this book just screams my name.  Truer words have never been spoke.




    Characters: Cora is my favorite! Brilliant inventor, witty, spunky, and full of passion for everything she does, it is no wonder I love her.




    Nellie is the fun one of the group. She is the Great Raheem’s young, beautiful, blonde assistant. She loves sparkly things, glittery distractions, and talking to Cora and Michiko.




    Michiko is a young Japanese samurai. I absolutely love her. Her katana is beautiful and Michiko’s fight scenes are some of the best I’ve ever read in a YA novel.




    Plot/World-building: This book is not just steampunk with a twist, but also a mystery. Someone is killing members of a secret society and Cora, Nellie, and Michiko end up getting pushed together to solve it. Cora uses her connections with Lord White, Nellie uses her popularity among her fans, and Michiko uses her training as a samurai.




    The steampunk of this novel is a little light. I wish there would have been more, but the mystery and relationships between the three girls made me not mind as much.




    Writing Style: The best thing about this book, also the oddest thing, is that Kress uses a mixture of modern and and Victorian language. At first, it bothered me, but as I got more involved with the characters and what was going on, I found it to be brilliant.




    Final Thoughts: I adored this book and cannot wait to read more of Adrienne Kress’s works. I don’t know if there will be a sequel to this or not, but if so, I will definitely read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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