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Gagai, a five-eighth, started training at Newcastle on Monday after linking up with his older brother Dane, who is a centre for the NRL side, while fullback Krisanski-Kennedy has been at the Bulldogs headquarters at Belmore in Sydney for just over a week. It's hard but good. They push you a bit more, I'm doing a lot more running than I'm used to. Krisanski-Kennedy said both he and Gagai started with Souths under-7s and had been teammates since. They also played in the Mackay State High School rugby league academy through their senior schooling.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when we match up in the Jersey Flegg. Gagai said he was excited to be a part of the NRL club and living with his brother, who joined the Knights last season from the Broncos. Having just arrived from Northern England, the near degree heat at Jets' training laid several low.

But not Marchant. At this time of year at home, I've been charging up freezing snow-covered hills. But it is a mark of the sort of bloke and footballer Marchant is that, knowing he was coming to Queensland, he made sure he was prepared. I'm enjoying that. Marchant was captain of the Bradford Academy unders this year and played several games in the unders, which is roughly the equivalent of the NRL's Toyota Cup competition. So you're playing against Super League competition some of the time. Marchant is in no rush to reach the heights to which he aspires, having taken inspiration from Kangaroos legend Petero Civoniceva.

But I knew when I was 19 and my contract was over and my studies finished, I might have the opportunity to come back. Height: cm. Weight: 93kg. Favourite player: I worshipped my uncle Tony and Malcolm Reilly from the stories I'd heard about how hard he was.

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Biggest influence: My mum and dad. Best advice: You get what you deserve if you're willing to put in the effort. Who would you most like to get stuck in an elevator with: Chuck Liddell. Hobbies: Music and taking the chance to see the local area. Favourite music: Foo Fighters, hip-hop. Ponga, a fullback for Souths U15, said he was planning to go down to Brisbane next year, after signing a two-year scholarship with the Broncos. Windsor said he had been down to Brisbane for trials and training with the Storm, and would attend an annual camp at Melbourne in December for a week.

Broncos development officer, former player Michael Devere, said young players keen to make a career of the NRL needed several attributes. Gagai, whose brother Dane is with NRL club Newcastle Knights, steered Mackay High to a lead at half-time, and held on to win despite St Patrick's coming back with two tries to one in the second half. The five-eighth scored two tries and with captain Kyle Kennedy was in everything in a high-standard match. That's a great attribute to have. After Mackay High withstood a concerted St Patrick's attack, Gagai scored the first try and then created the second by Matthew Burman through a chip and chase.

St Patrick's Cowboys scholarship player Scott Schulte scored a 50m try for St Pat's to come back to at half time, but Gagai put Mackay High further ahead with a second try on the first set after the break to lead After a leg injury to Kennedy St Patrick's scored tries by centre Damien Vander Berg and winger Cameron Stuart through kicks to set up an exciting finish.

The match was the last for Mackay's contingent of visiting English players, who are leaving Australia this week. Fullback Terry Budby was man of the match. Schulte plans to move to Townsville for university next year, when he will be a part of the Cowboys programs. Krisanski-Kennedy will move to Sydney at the end of the year. He has signed a three-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs. His signing comes after being identified playing for Capricornia last month at the unders four-day rugby league cup championships in Maroochydore by expert talent scout Noel Cleal.

It was his performance in that match, his father Brett said, which sealed the Bulldogs signing for the emerging player. The year 12 Mackay State high school student said he had always wanted to play a higher level of rugby league. Krisanski-Kennedy noted Mackay High School's renowned rugby league academy had developed his overall game. Kyle will again meet with the Bulldogs later in the year to learn more about his initial commitments with the club and its plans for him over the next 12 months. GIFTED Mackay junior player Kalyn Ponga has been picked as a winger in the Australian under rugby league merit side after a number of superb performances for Queensland Maroon at the national age championships in Darwin.

Ponga, 14, is the first player of that age to picked in the under Australian merit side since Ponga, normally a fullback, played on the wing in his side's opening loss to NSWCCC in the secondary schools championship, before switching back to his preferred position for the remainder of the carnival. Queensland Maroon then had a loss to NSWCHS on day three and following an all draw with the same side two days later Ponga was awarded best on ground. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This series is labeled as "steampunk". What exactly does that mean?

Amelia Steampunk is a quasi-Victorian setting and society with things like steam-powered robots -- more technologically advanced than the actual late s, …more Steampunk is a quasi-Victorian setting and society with things like steam-powered robots -- more technologically advanced than the actual late s, but in a very pre-WWI kind of way. Does this book have any romance? Emily No, not really. It lays the groundwork for some possible future romance between two of the characters in the sequels, but that's all.

In that respect, …more No, not really. In that respect, this book is more middle grade than young adult. The books in the series become more mature as the characters age, however. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters.

Sort order. Jul 04, Wendy Darling marked it as on-hold Shelves: s , young-adult , steampunk , publication , february , lb , historical-fantasy. Tea should be required for the reading of all Gail Carriger books, don't you think? View all 60 comments. Sep 26, Lola rated it it was ok Shelves: middle-grade , meh , boarding-school , humor , friendship , victorian-era , fast-paced , steampunk. Really, I did not expect this to feel so young.

It has such a middle grade vibe. And contains some immature characters. The flywayman with the gun struck the headmistress across the face with his free hand. And that would make you, Sophronia, giggle? The author seemed to want to make her seem strong and intelligent but there was always something she said or did that made me see her otherwise. It mostly felt simple, predictable. Also, some dialogs really felt absurd or unnatural in the story. It seemed. Ignorance is most undervalued in a student.

And have you killed someone recently? Is that really efficient? Mission unaccomplished. Soap was a nice character and the fact that he has his own ''way of speaking'' did not bother me at all. My favorite character though was Pillover since he was one of the only ones making Sophronia shut her mouth stop talking. And, when he spoke, I listened with interest. She looked around. I can curtsy now, and my eyelash fluttering is practically unparalleled. She has her own style, though I must admit that it is not my favorite for it is kind of simple and, in my opinion, this would have been better with a 1st person POV.


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Too bad because there would have been plenty of couple possibilities. How awesome is that? Copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 68 comments. Jan 01, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it liked it Shelves: wake-me-up-next-year , so-many-vampires , failed-to-impress , steampunk , cover-lust , huge-disappointment , young-adult , reviewed-in The Parasol Protectorate series is a favorite of mine, despite losing some steam in the later installments.

It took me a while to put my t 2. It took me a while to put my thoughts in order and figure out exactly what went wrong, at least for me, and even now I can only explain a part of it. Not for our main character, Miss Sophronia Angelina Temminnick, and certainly not for me. What started out as entertaining, promising read, ended up almost suffocating me with repetitiveness and lack of an actual plot. But in the end, the most interesting parts were those links to the Parasol Protectorate series.

While I adored the no-romance part itself, in combination with a very weak plot, it gave a pretty empty book. Hopefully the next book will have a more exciting plot. View all 15 comments. Sep 19, Crowinator rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-urban-fantasy , genre-historical , ya , booklist-review , favorites , reads , school-hard-special-skills-sector , steampunk-clockwork , arcs , alt-history. Well well well. I think I'll have to go back and give the adult series set in this alternate steampunk Victorian world a try.

Despite my stumbling over the affected narrative style at the outset, I ended up being entirely swayed by its charm and cleverness, and I enjoyed the book so much that I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted it to continue, perhaps indefinitely. It reminds me very much of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series in its lighthearted silliness and droll humor, tho Well.

It reminds me very much of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series in its lighthearted silliness and droll humor, though without the subtle gravitas that I associate with his YA work especially his later Aching books. The plot Sophronia involves herself in involving the hidden location of a mysterious prototype is a bit wispy, but the finishing school stuff is really the big draw here, and it's grand.

The things these girls can do with sewing scissors, hair ribbons, perfume, and handkerchiefs! Too bad I'll have to wait a loooong time for the second in this series, given this one's pub date of Feb. Longer review to come, probably closer to the pub date. View all 7 comments. Shelves: alternate-history-or-future , hybrid-multiple-genre , made-me-laugh , paranormal-other , steampunk , historical-fiction , cute , vampires , young-adult , shifters-or-weres. Super cute. Super sassy. Super witty. Strike that. It looks like I'm trying to sell glitzy fashion to tweens.

But it is super cute and fun and all that stuff. Werewolves are wearing top hats! I'm pretty sure that Carriger is one of the only people who can pull off all of the strange names with finesse. And I don't even know what Super cute. And I don't even know what this means, but I want to start saying it - "So I can be a puffed-up poodle-faker like you?

I laughed out loud when Sophronia considered a purple flannel night garment to be salacious to quote her : imagine that! Gail Carriger's writing style is sort of a weird thing to explain. She has all of the parts present which make for an excellent book - unique characters, harrowing situations, charming imagery, witty banter, etc. Every time I would pick up the book, I'd read a few chapters and be entertained, but I could never go much further in one sitting. I felt like I was on this constant loop of intricacy, and I couldn't make my brain stop moving enough to take it all in large doses.

Imagine going to the same tea party every day. The tea is good. The company is good.

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The conversation is interesting. But you feel like you need to get off the tea party for a minute and have pizza and beer. That's what I feel like when I read Carriger. In small doses, the words are charming and fun and stimulating. In large doses, I want to wander off and read something else. And that's why it took me a couple of weeks to read the book, even though I liked it.

But sometimes, it's okay to slowly savor the things that are good. I'm looking forward to savoring book 2 of this series. View all 8 comments. Jul 24, Liz rated it it was amazing. I would definitely recommend the audiobook as the narration is wonderful. View 2 comments. May 16, Heidi The Reader rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult. A cute, young adult book with a steampunk theme that takes place at a "finishing" school which isn't about etiquette at all. I made the mistake of reading this without realizing that it was based in a world from another series of books. I'm guessing that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the other set first.

Etiquette and Espionage had plenty of fun moments in it. One of my favorites is when Sophronia inexplicably claims that werewolves enjoy the theater. From one of the other books? I'm A cute, young adult book with a steampunk theme that takes place at a "finishing" school which isn't about etiquette at all.

I'm assuming so. But it sounds legit. I also loved when one of the students bemoans the fact that she doesn't believe she'll ever be able to kill anyone and the teacher comforts her with the fact that she may never have to. What a relief. But funny moments do not a story make. The plot centers around Sophronia's introduction to a world filled with spies that she didn't know existed, the concealment of a highly desirable piece of equipment that has something to do with wireless technology, and, of course, fashion.

It is funny, frivolous and frothy. I found that I wanted more substance. Recommended for a light summer read around the pool and, perhaps, you may want to read The Parasol Protectorate series first, starting with Soulless. View all 3 comments. See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 2. Six rounds of one hundred each before bed.

It is the perfect steam punk version of Harry Potter. It literally has my name written all over it. View all 16 comments. Jun 26, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. A bit silly but a lot of fun! I have already enjoyed several books in this author's Parasol Protectorate series and found this one to be nearly but not quite so good.

However I see that the next three books in this Finishing School series all score over 4 for their Goodreads average rating. That cannot be bad so I guess I have good things to look forward to. The main character, Sophronia, is fourteen A bit silly but a lot of fun! The main character, Sophronia, is fourteen but acts much older and for most of the book I forgot that the characters were children. Special praise goes to Bumbersnoot, the mechanimal. Everyone should have one.

Especially with a name like that. Altogether an entertaining book which did not take long to read but which passed the time in a very enjoyable way. Now I need a book about possessed unicorns, poisonous bunnies and violet bananas, because I have to read something that can get me out of this state of utter boredom. It was just a never-ending list of mechanical parts, dirigibles, bonnets and petticoats. I had great expectations of epic escapes on dirig Now I need a book about possessed unicorns, poisonous bunnies and violet bananas, because I have to read something that can get me out of this state of utter boredom.

I had great expectations of epic escapes on dirigibles, teenager girls engaged in undercover operations, funny scenes when said girls find themselves in impossible situations. None of that in this book. Well, to be honest, I got the dirigible. What I got were your ordinary brat-girl, some scenes meant to be funny but I never had even a close-lipped smile and your standard school-themed menu items, flavored with some cogs and gears.

Sorry to see another beautiful cover go to waste. Oct 15, Krista Regester rated it really liked it. Honestly, I'm just so impressed with myself that I read and liked a steampunk book. View all 4 comments. I mean I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series, at least not right away, but I did enjoy the book What we have here is a young woman in an alternate England of lords and ladies with very proper etiquette, not to mention stiff collars and lots of frills.

Sadly 14 year old Sophronia does not fit in. She is a great tria Hummm She is a great trial to her mother, especially since her sister is a very, very proper young woman. Happily for mom she finds a Finishing School that seems willing to take Sophronia in spite of As you may have intuited this is not your "run of the mill" Finishing School.

The book tells a good story, that said it's long on characters and very short on plot. We spend a LOT of time getting to know the school and the world. The plot is sort of fitted in between Sophronia's revelations and education. It's introduced early on during the trip to the School but then like a sort of literary prairie dog it ducks back below ground popping up at various times throughout the book, finally making a slightly climactic appearance as the book ties up and opens the way for the next volume.

There's nothing really new in that or in the story. It is however fun with interesting characters and lots of humor or at least attempts at humor.


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  • Could I I'd go with the ever popular 3. It will probably appeal to a female and teen audiance somewhat more that others as that seems to be the "target audience" but it's a fun book and I can recommend it as a light read. View all 14 comments. Apr 27, Maria V. Snyder rated it it was amazing. Loved this book! It's a younger version of Gail's Parasol Protectorate series - a fun and entertaining read Once again I bought the audio book.

    Gail's books are great when read with a British accent. Having a mess of seedling evil geniuses falling in love with you willy-nilly? What if they feel spurned? Monique bragged that one of her boys made her silver and wood hair sticks as anti-supernatural weapons. With amethyst inlay.

    And another made her an exploding wicker chicken. That gave me pause. But the beginning of the book seemed like Carriger was going to write down to her audience and point things out in a really obtrusive way as if they couldn't possibly put things together all on their own But either the handholding was just a brief blip, or I got used to it, because the rest of the book slipped into the quirky, upper-crusty, hilariously Missish storytelling I'd grown to love in the Parasol Protectorate.

    After Elizabeth's unfavorable reaction, I did something I generally don't do, which is look into reviews of a book right before I'm set to read it. I don't want to be biased, so I typically avoid them - but I had to know if it was going to be a dud! I needed to brace myself if that was the case And though I can see a tendency toward stockness about them, I didn't ever find myself disliking them - especially Sophronia and some of her more unlikely companions. Set earlier than PP , there are all sorts of little easter eggs for readers already familiar with the world traditions, characters at a younger age, or before big events, etc.

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    The world of Carriger's steampunky England is expanded in some ways by this spin-off, though I think for the most part, as it largely takes place in such a very insular location a boarding school on a dirigible, for realsies , some readers may feel the lack of variation and be disappointed. Personally, I liked being able to explore a more confined world in depth, and on the few instances when they went offship, plenty of hijinks ensued to balance it out.

    Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality was a good starting point, not overwhelming the reader with the alternate universe, but providing a good foundation for it. Geraldine's over the course of the series. If the OED says it is, then it is. Though I hope that isn't the case, as it tickled me immensely.

    View all 17 comments. Apr 07, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , comedy , humor , fantasy. Fantastic fun! Packed with Wodehousian humor! Whip-smart author Gail Carriger kicks off a diabolically clever girl's school espionage series in style! It's clear that Carriger has an affinity for the period. Set in a steampunk world, the book is all gussied up in t Fantastic fun!

    Set in a steampunk world, the book is all gussied up in the sort of lavish detail that evokes a magical world.

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    The addition of supernatural creatures and the fantastical school makes one leap to make Harry Potter parallels, but actually the overall tone of this is more like Jonathan Stroud's wonderful Bartimaeus triology. Clever, funny, and flat out fun! Jun 15, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-books , audio-book. I have wanted to read this series but a while now and when I received the third book for review, I figured now was as good as a time as ever to start it. Instead of reading it I decided to give audiobooks one more try, after all, why not?

    I could get so much more read if only I could listen to books throughout the day while also doing other things so I decided this was the place to start and hoped like heck I wouldn't regret it. Can I just tell you that I am so glad I listened to this on audio? I I have wanted to read this series but a while now and when I received the third book for review, I figured now was as good as a time as ever to start it.

    It was so much fun and I really enjoyed the narrator. Moira Quirk has a lovely accent and made this read so much more fun than I think it would have been had I read it on my own not to mention I think the accent added a little something extra to the story that made it feel more authentic.

    This was such a fun combination of humor, historic, and of course the slight paranormal all blended together with a very steampunk goth feel. And truly, this book has some of the best, most strange names, saying and titles I have ever read or rather listened to in a story.