Thursday, August 27, 2015

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger [Review]

 Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: June 14, 2015

Finishing School
1. Etiquette & Espionage
2. Curtsies & Conspiracies - Paperback | Kindle
3. Waistcoats & Weaponry
4. Manners & Mutiny

Gail Carriger
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 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.
Thoughts on Curtsies & Conspiracies: The second half of Sophronia's first year (or maybe it's the middle part of her first year. All I know is a lot happens to the wily girl and I see plenty more on the horizon.) is just as deadly and dangerous as the first half. With the added bonus of boys. Boys from the boiler room and a duke's son and her best friend's brother and a vampire or two.

(Where are the werewolves? I ask. Their lack is a disgrace! WHERE ARE THE WEREWOLVES!?!?! I should probably point out that the lone werewolf NEARLY made up for the lack, but my inherent love of werewolves makes me demand MOAR!)

*ahem* So. Sophronia. She's ingenious and sneaky and she can ferret out the inner secrets of the teachers and students of the school faster than anyone else. Which is fortunate because there's a lot of
STUFF going on that needs to be taken care of. I'm torn about the love triangle because as much as I like Soap, I can't see anything coming of it due to the fact that the girls are conditioned to expect they'll have their husbands picked out for them. I mean, this is a THING at the school. A THING. Like, they might be told EXACTLY who to marry to advance the cause. Or whatever.

While I like Soap, I really liked Felix. Because, well, he amuses me.

Fast paced and appropriately ridiculous at times (OMG! The NAMES! LOL!), I'm completely looking forward to the next book. Because I sense more werewolves. And that's always a plus for me.


  1. I love the fact that there's a character named Soap in this book, that's just the best! I've been wanting to read Carriger's series for so long and yet somehow haven't gotten to it yet! And Sophronia sounds like a really fun and spunky main character, so that's good as well! I'll definitely have to get on this one soon! Great review :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. I'd recommend the Parasol Protectorate series first, simply because it makes seeing some of these characters in this setting have a little more impact.