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Pages: 352

Language: English

Publisher: Tor Teen; Reprint edition (3 May 2016)

By: Kathleen Baldwin(Author)

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A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure "completely original and totally engrossing."

It's 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England's dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society's constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies-plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father's stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible-until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads-or their hearts....

"Enticing from the first sentence." -New York Times Book Review

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  • By Lauren James on 31 March 2017

    This was a lot of fun. Very Daphne de Maurier meets Miss Peregrine. The romance was a little heavy-handed at times, but the setting was really original and kept me reading. Love the mix of the girls, I want to know more about all of them.

  • By Saruuh Kelsey on 20 May 2015

    A School For Unusual Girls was one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I am thrilled to report it is SO GOOD. You don't want to miss this one.I knew from the very beginning, with the tone and the depth of history (no light history for this series!), that this was going to be good, but I completely underestimated how attached I'd grow to the characters. I fell for Sebastian (Hot Lord #1) as soon as the main character went careening through a secret passage and flying into his open arms. I loved Georgie as soon as I learned she blew up a barn in a scientific experiment. And together, they were always bound to have me yearning and screaming and wanting to smush their frustrating faces together. So the romance was, of course, perfect. We even get a lovely set up for the relationship in the next book, with Tess (another unusual girl) and Lord Ravencross (Hot Lord #2) and their romance is entirely different, with a snarky dynamic that had me squealing.However - this book would have been nothing without lavish attention to detail, faultless world-building, and one hell of a plot. This book has them all. Not only does our heroine have to make a super secret invisible ink, and have the fate of Europe resting on her shoulders, but there are even more urgent dangers to avoid (ones that almost killed me and I am trying very hard not to spoil) and wicked foes to run from. I'm really excited to see where this series goes. There's a lot of content packed in this book, romance and action and mystery and tension, but I get the feeling the next book will ramp it up a gear, and I cannot wait. Mostly I can't wait to see Daneska get what's coming to her!If you like historical novels rife with intrigue, impeccable hot Lords, and agonising, tense action, A School For Unusual Girls is the book for you.

  • By Robin Leigh Morgan on 10 July 2016

    This is the first romance novel I’ve read/reviewed which has been set during the Napoleonic War, a time period when the well-to-do had standards that had to be followed; standards which would appeal to Regency lovers. However, Georgiana Fitzwilliam did not fit this mold nor did she want to. Instead she was a free-spirited young lady who had always been interested in things which had forbidden for prim and proper young ladies at that time.What broke the camel’s back as far as her father was concerned about his daughter’s continuous unconventional behavior had been when she burned down his stables doing a scientific experiment. He immediately sends her packing off to Stranje House, a school noted for their transformation of girls like Georgie into hopefully what society dictated.Naturally once she arrived there and saw two girls imprisoned in brutal medieval torture devices which she immediately envisioned were to be used in her transformation into a desirable young lady any man would eagerly marry, she quickly began to plot her escape from “Prim and Proper LadyLand.”But luckily as she begins her attempted escape she discovers two men who were involved in the same experiment which had caused her father to send her to this school in the first place. Instead Georgie discovers that the Headmistress Emma Stranje, owner of the school, was just as rebellious as she was, along with the rest of the young ladies who were there with her. She also learns that Stranje House was a center that taught its young ladies amongst other things diplomacy, war and espionage, things which no lady would ever be caught doing at that time to make a difference in the world; an opportunity which she instantaneously grabs with both hands, becoming what would be consider today as a feminist of her time.Accepting this chance to do what she loves to do, she immediately gets thrusted into a world of British and French spies and a plot to restore Napoleon to the throne. While she soon has Lord Sebastian Wyatt assistance in her experiments, at the same time, these experiments puts him in grave danger on the continent. She’s also begins to be attracted to him.The blend of the various genres which the storyline contains make for a page turning reading experience for many romance genre lovers, besides Regency. Since this blend of genres includes spies, espionage, war, and adventure, male readers might be attracted this book as well, making romance [which a little of is allowed in these genres] to take a backseat.For making this novel appealing to a vast audience of specific genre readers, as well as males, I’ve given this book 5 STARS, too bad 5 is the limit.I received an autograph copy of this book from the author through the YA Insider Grand Opening Celebration [Week 1] and the above has been my honest opinion.

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