Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carrier

December 18, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrierCurtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-11-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Girls & Women, Historical, Manners & Etiquette, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Source: NetGalley
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Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.In this bestselling sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

My Thoughts

The second in the Finishing School series is just as much fun as the first! In not more so!! The funny thing about middle books is that sometimes they just do not stand up to a first or a last book in a series. There is sometimes a lull where the action just is not as good or the characters are not yet developed. Well… NONE of that happened here. The characters are just as much fun, if not more so, the plot is fantastic and flew by, and like the first the character’s names are still ridiculously amazing. How Gail Carriger comes up with these names I’ll never guess, but I love it.

In this book we are taken back to finishing school with Sophronia (man that name is hard for me to spell!) and are reintroduced to her finishing school pals, and enemies. There are a few reminders about book one, Etiquette & Espionage, so anyone that has put reading this off will be pleasantly surprised at the reminders. They are not overwhelming though. I just finished book one and dove straight into this one and never did I feel like the extra information took away from the overall plot and pace of the story.

And speaking of pace. My goodness… seriously! This just goes and goes! It is funny because even Sophronia is shocked at just how much she has to keep straight, and I honestly do not know how she does it! I was hardly able to and I’m a reader! Felix and Soap are both back and I have to say, I’m quite curious where all THAT is going to go!! #SWOON I just love the interactions with both boys, so I’m eagerly waiting for Sophronia (or should i say Ria) to figure out her feelings.

About 75% into the story everything hits the fan! And I do mean EVERY thing. I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED when all this chaos is going on and cannot imagine (yet again) how Gail is able to keep all of this together. It was like a circus mated with fabulous steam punk dresses and feathers and out came this uproarishly hilarious great time with vampires and werewolves!

Yet again I simply adored this book. I love her writing and I’m so glad I can start book three now! 😀 YAY!!!



Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.9 / 5



The Author

About Gail Carriger

Ms. Carriger writes steampunk urbane fantasy comedies of manners to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by a harem of shoes, where she insists on tea imported directly from London and cats that pee into toilets. Her books are all New York Times Bestsellers.
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