December 6, 2012

Blog Tour: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress – Review & Interview

Welcome back fabulous readers!
Today we are so excited to be the next tour stop for

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

presented by Razorbill Canada!

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.


The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Publication Date:  December 6, 2012
Publisher:  Dial

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **


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.


Top Favorites With Adrienne Kress

You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

3. My teddy bear Beary. Totally impractical, and I’d likely also grab my purse that has my wallet and phone, make sure I have my passport as well. Basically it would be good to have all important documentation etc. But, after the purse, it would be my teddy bear Beary. Because I’ve had him since I was born, because the sentimental attachment to him is through the roof. Because I know I’d miss him so much if I didn’t.

2. My computer. A pragmatic choice, but my whole life is on it. As is all my writing.

1. My cat Atticus. He’s not a “thing”, but he would be the first thing I’d save. No question.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:

3. J.M. Barrie – one of my favourite books is PETER PAN, but I must admit having not read anything else by the author. PETER PAN taught me everything I needed to know about writing a middle grade novel, and why middle grade novels are so fantastic and magical. Also he created Captain Hook, coolest villain ever.

2. Douglas Adams – he taught me the joy of absurdity and how to play with writing. And through his absurdity he spoke to some pretty relatable truths. He was also just so darn funny.

1. Shakespeare – because no one expresses human truths better. He wrote before the concept of psychoanalysis yet totally understood human nature, on both a grand and intimate scale. Yes he expresses things beautifully, but he also expresses them perfectly. You think, “That! Exactly that! That’s precisely how I felt in the same situation.”


Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

3. Cool Ranch Doritos – the decadent treat, and only in small portions. To be consumed with a handy napkin nearby

2. Grapes – the perfect snack, healthy, tasty, each like tiny little shot of grape flavored water, and clean on the fingers.

1. Tea – warm, comforting, caffeinated.


Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

3. Work on something else, like a blog post, or another project. It keeps me in the writing zone, and not thinking about the problem can be a great way to solve it.

2. Take a walk. The fresh air, the change of scenery, it’s revitalizing. Also the mind can wander. And, like with working on something else, problem solving happens best that way.

1. Just keep writing. Sometimes the best way to conquer a block is to fight tooth and nail your way through it.


Top 3 favorite animated movies and why:

3. THE INCREDIBLES – a fantastically well written movie, not a laugh a second like some of Pixar’s earlier works, but a thoughtful story about a family. The animation is amazing, from the dull grey of Mr. Incredible’s office, to the lush island belonging to his nemesis. The music is spot on. And it gave us Edna the fashion designer (and the only time in a film I’ve ever seen someone use a toilet paper role as tissue when sobbing – which is like totally what you do when you are sobbing!).

2. FINDING NEMO – it’s really a close call between this and THE INCREDIBLES. Both are fantastically taut stories, well written, funny and moving, and gorgeous to look at. But FINDING NEMO wins out just a bit more because it makes my heart melt a little quicker. Also because of Dori. And the line: “I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine. And he shall be my squishy.”

1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – what brunette who loves both reading and musicals wouldn’t love this film? The songs are brilliant. The animation is just beautiful. The writing, charming and hilarious. Is it any wonder it was the first animated film nominated for best picture (and really last – this didn’t happen again until they opened up the category to include 10 nominations)? Is it also any wonder I know every word – both spoken and sung – off by heart? “Little town, it’s a quiet village . . .”


Top 3 favorite movie moments and why:

These aren’t my top three. I have so many favourite movie moments it’s crazy. These are the three I could think of at the time, that I also thought also had some variety. But they are pretty awesome.

3. The barn raising dance sequence in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. A spectacularly choreographed number in an otherwise utterly ridiculous film. It’s incredible.

2. When Inigo kills the Six Fingered Man in THE PRINCESS BRIDE. It’s a perfectly constructed scene. The music highlights every beat and the status of the two men shifts as the scene progresses. And then there is the writing: the glorious repeat of “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” But the best piece of writing is the beautiful repetition (and use of the rule of three) at the bitter end when Inigo goes through each “Offer me . . .”, which leads to the beautiful last line: “I want my father back you SOB.”

1. The opening sequence to Kenneth Branagh’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. It is so full of joy and life, and is a perfect introduction to the characters and the tone of the film. It just makes you smile. Also there are all those bare bottoms J .


About the Author:


Adrienne Kress is a Toronto born actor and author who loves to play make-believe. She also loves hot chocolate. And cheese. Not necessarily together.

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.

She is a theatre graduate of the Univeristy of Toronto and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. Published around the world, ALEX was featured in the New York Post as a “Post Potter Pick,” as well as on the CBS early show. It won the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award in the UK and was nominated for the Red Cedar. The sequel, TIMOTHY, was nominated for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was recently optioned for film.

Connect with the Author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. Natalie Aguirre

    This sounds like a fun read. I love the combination steampunk and mystery genres combined. Thanks for sharing about it.

  2. Sunny

    First of all, I cannot wait to read this book! Usually it has to hint at romance for me to be interested in it, but this sounds amazing! Girl power.
    Second, I absolutely adored the interview. I loved the pictures and the questions (of course the answers too:)

  3. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    Great review!! This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I love steampunk and strong female characters. The interview was great too. I always have to have tea while reading. :)

  4. Grace Lo

    I love steampunk, but now I think I’m loving it even more! I love the concept of The Friday Society, I mean, what’s better than one kickass heroine? Three, who also solves mysteries like Sherlock. I NEED TO READ THIS.
    And fantastic interview c: *fangirls over Adrienne*

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    Great review, i am looking forward to this one.

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