Fun and Light: A Review of THE FRIDAY SOCIETY by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society 
Adrienne Kress
440 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: December 6th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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 Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

   Adrienne Kress bursts onto the scene with THE FRIDAY SOCIETY – a wacky, witty tale filled with humor, steampunk, and murder. It’s more than just another steampunk, just another adventure, or just another murder mystery. THE FRIDAY SOCIETY is a breath of fresh air.

   THE FRIDAY SOCIETY had many things – including three very smart, very funny, and very talented girls – an inventor (Cora), a samurai (Michiko), and a magician’s apprentice (Nellie). What I loved the most was the incredibly fun writing style that made the words jump out of the page and made the murders seem real. Because with so much humor and wit, it’s hard to take such a book seriously.

   I love the cover, as it gives us a glimpse of the three girls – and I loved that each of them had their own uniqueness, despite being written by one author. One thing I did have a problem with (and you can tell I’m really trying to be picky) is that some of the dialogue and instances seemed a little too modern despite the historical setting. But it’s easy to ignore – trust me.

   All in all, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY is a fun light read that I would recommend to most anyone. Adrienne Kress does an excellent job with the plot, characterization, and pacing.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Cass (Words on Paper)

    November 23, 2012

    Nice review. It sounds like a lot of fun! And this is the first time I've ever actually LOOKED at the cover and noticed that there were THREE girls on it! Haha, my eyes always went to the girl in the middle because she's in the middle. Now I'm really interested! Any examples of those too-modern phrases that were said from time to time?

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    Amber (Books of Amber)

    November 23, 2012

    Awesome review! This one sounds great. I mostly wanted it for the cover at first, because the girls look like BAMFs. I'm glad you liked it!

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    November 23, 2012

    I love the sound of the three main characters! Smart, funny, talented and three totally different characters, I like it :D I'm also starting to like Steampunk more and more, so this might be a great addition to my little list of Steampunk books! Lovely review.


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    November 23, 2012

    This cover is so much fun!! This sounds like a promising read. I really enjoy the steampunk genre.

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    November 24, 2012

    I've really been looking forward to this one. Glad to hear its fun and enjoyable! Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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    Soma Rostam

    November 24, 2012

    Well, I have decided to order The Friday Society when it comes out. I love the odd feel of it. The cover is pure awesomeness! I love the blurb, too. I like mystery combines with kick-ass heroines!
    Definitely going to check this out!
    LOVED your review, Hafsah
    Your constant reader,

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    Dazzling Mage

    November 24, 2012

    I've read that this book is FUN, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

    Great review!

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    Danielle D

    November 26, 2012

    I fell in love with this cover, and the synopsis of the book. Gadyou liked it.

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    Megan Broderick

    November 28, 2012

    OMG! This looks so good! I love steampunk, and adding super awesome girls into the mix can only make it better.

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    Elizabeth Briggs

    December 6, 2012

    I loved this book! Great review.