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December 02, 2012

Blog Tour: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Are you ready for a stop that contains "an action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns and the heroines who use them all" ? Because you are in the right stop with Adrienne Kress's The Friday Society! This blog tour is sponsored by Penguin and a review copy was generously provided by them! You should definitely pick this book up, but first read my review because I'm sure it'll convince you to read it yourself! 

The Friday Society
Title: The Friday Society
Author: Adrienne Kress
Publisher: Dial
Publication date: December 6, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Steampunk)
Source: Publiher
Format: ARC
Pages: 440
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.
Finally! A Steampunk novel that I actually enjoyed reading! I remember putting a status on goodreads that read that I have given up on steampunk novels for good because I've had multiple failed attempts with very popular and highly rated steampunks. I am so happy that I picked up The Friday Society because it was kick butt and so freaking empowering! Of course, the team work between three unlikely different girls to solve a london mystery was a bonus, and the addition of all the technology in medieval london has finally worked for me. I think what made The Friday Society a great read for me was the characters, which is why they will be the highlight of this review. 
The novel is told from three POVs, Cora the scientist, Nellie the magician, and Michiko the samurai. All of these three girls are assistants but want more from their life. Cora and Nellie are happy under fair and great bosses but Michiko's boss needed a punch or two in the face because of how rude and horrible he was. The three girls meet up under horrific conditions, which is witnessing a crime scene. I have to say, Adrienne didn't rush the whole teaming up and fighting crimes plot. I often find it difficult to take some novels seriously when an ordinary girl would have something happen to her one minute and the next she figures out her destiny and true calling and is so confident in what she will do for the rest of her life. For The Friday Society, each girl had her doubt in pursuing investigating the mystery, one was scared of her boss finding out, the other was scared for the reputation for her boss, and the third was honestly fearless and wanted to finally do something by herself without being bossed around. Each had very plausible and complex reasons that added to their depth as characters.  
The conversations between the girls was hilarious, Nellie is the girly girl type and Cora is more serious and a natural leader, while Michiko could barely speak english. So imagine how they communicated together huh? I loved every single one of these girls. They were interesting, funny, independent, and a need for girlfriends to hang with. As for the plot, it was incredible. Adrienne Kress didn't only focus on the mysterious deaths, but each girl had her own side story. Wether it was a romantic one, in the case of Nellie and Cora, or a teacher-pupil one for Michiko. I did feel at times that the plot moved a bit slow but I was never bored. I loved how the girls stayed true to themselves even with the obstacles they faced and that they didn't become super women just because they took up the mission of unraveling the mystery. They were ordinary (as ordinary as can be) girls who needed each other's help to get each other through locked places, Nellie's profession, out of near death situations, and help each other realize that their true calling isn't to just be an assistant of some man, but to take matters in their own hands and help the people of london fight crime and bring justice to them.


Adrienne Kress is a writer and actress born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  It was only natural that Adrienne, the daughter of two high school English teachers, should fall in love with both creating and performing the written word. 

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.

Adrienne is presently living in Toronto where she is continuing her writing, acting and directing careers.

Find Adrienne on her
:  Twitter/Website/Goodreads


  1. OMG!! I am so happy you LOVED this one too Juhina! I thought i was done with steampunk too until i read this an ARC of this one. I have to agree i liked how each girl was different and that they had there doubts in pursuing the mystery. Great review

    -keep on rocking,
    Lisseth @ Read-A-holicZ

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  3. Ohh, I'm not into steampunk too but this one sounds really fun and great read. Plus three amazing MCs?! I'm in! Thanks for the lovely review, Juhina. I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

  4. This book sounds absolutely amazing! To be honest, I haven't even read a steampunk novel yet, but I have a feeling I won't like them much. However, I will try this one, without a doubt! The fact that these main characters are so fun and different definitely catches my attention. And the murder mystery sounds great! Fabulous review, Juhina. :)

  5. Every time I look at the cover, all I can think about is Charlie's Angels LOL! x) I have been aching to read this book ever since I saw the kick-butt cover, and I'm so glad to read your positive review, Juhina! <3 This sounds very cool and simply amazing! The girls sound like my favorite heroines as well! x) Amazing review! :)

  6. I just love that these three girls are so very different and that we get to see things from all three perspectives. I was a bit hesitant to pre-order this, I get so nitpicky with steampunk, but after seeing all this enthusiasm, of course I won't be able to resist.
    Lovely review!

  7. I'm glad that you really enjoyed this one. I have been wanting to read it. I love steampunk so I was really excited about this one. Steampunk and tough chicks!! Heck yeah!! It just sounded so cool and after reading your review I am really looking forward to reading it sometime!!

  8. OK. I have been seeing this book everywhere and now I totally need to read it. LOL

  9. This sounds great but I'm not so sure about having multiple POVs. I just tent to like more books with a single narrator. It's easier to connect with the whole story. But then again, I am very much intrigued with this whole story so I might just read it.

    Zemira @ YA Fanatic

  10. I don't think I've read that many steam punk novels if any at all. So glad you enjoy the book! I've been hearing a lot about this book within the last month or so. I might have to check it out :) Awesome review.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  11. I want this one sooooo badly. Amazing review. I can't wait to read it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  12. It's been too long since my last (good) steampunk read, but this has been on my radar for a while, so I hope to read it eventually. I love the sound of the different personalities and look forward to meeting the characters myself. Brilliant review! :)

  13. This actually sounds like a brilliant steampunk novel! So glad you got to be part of the tour. :)
    Alex @ Possession of Books

  14. This is definitely a good one for those who generally don't like steampunk. I LOVE steampunk so I may have been a tad disappointed in the steampunk aspect of it, but not too much. It was mostly just a fun read. So glad you enjoyed it and maybe you'll give more steampunk books a chance? ;)

  15. I haven't read many steampunk books, but this sounds so awesome. I adore the cover. Great review!

    PS. Love your blog header!

  16. I always like multiple POV's (if they are well-executed). I really love that one of them is a scientist :D The concept of this book is great, the cover is pretty and your review made me excited to try it out. :D


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  18. Looks good, ive been seeing this book around and i need to check it out for sure! thanks, great review! - Katie @ INkk

  19. I'm not the biggest steampunk fan but I do want to give this a try. I love multiple POVs and groups of kick butt girls. All the girls sound like great characters.

  20. I'm posting my review of this book tomorrow. I thought it was a lot of fun!

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