Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Curtsies and Conspiracies


Title: Curtsies and Conspiracies
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #2
Publisher: Little, Brown Books fro Young Readers
Publication Date: November 5, 2013


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 school 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 bestselling author Gail Carriger's YA debut 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.


I absolutely love the world Gail Carriger has created. The mixture of Victorian manners with paranormal creatures, not to mention a dash of steampunk, completely sucked me in.

In Curtsies and Conspiracies, we reunite with Sophronia, who I fell in love with in Etiquette and Espionage. The secondary characters are also awesome, especially Soap, who I'm a little bit totally in love with. We get a new secondary character (well we met him briefly in book one) in Lord Felix Mercer. While I can't say I'm a fan of Felix, I do like the inclusion of him as a character and I'm excited to see what happens in the next book. That said, there is a hint of a love triangle starting, so I really hope that is handled in a way I can enjoy.

The characters and the world building are really where this series shines. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that there was a lot going on. Sometimes it was a bit hard to keep track of all the different factions involved and their motives. Or perhaps my intelligencer skills are lacking and I should have attended Madame Geraldine's myself! I would love to be a lady of quali-tay.

Overall, I'm still completely in love with this series and I also can't wait to start Gail Carriger's adult series set in the same world.

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  1. I'm glad you loved this one, Megan! I have it on my ereader and I can't wait to read it ... Gail Carriger is just such a fun writer. :)

  2. Awesome that this series is continuing to be great for you! I am not one for historicals so I couldn't get into the first book but it seems like the people who are fans of that sort of stuff are really enjoying them. Great review!

  3. I have heard nothing but great things about this series but sadly I still haven't got a chance to read it. I love the mix of Victorian and paranormal, sounds amazing. Great review :)

  4. Great review Megan! :)
    I have the first book in this series sitting on my shelf and can't comprehend why on earth I haven't read it yet - this series sounds wonderful, imaginative and deliciously Victorian! And doesn't the girl on the cover remind you of Kira Knightley? Must read. Thanks for the lovely review!

  5. Wonderful review. This sounds like a great series. I am glad you've enjoyed it.

  6. Megan wonderful review, this is a series I have wanted to read, but somehow it slipped through the pile! The characters and world building sound stunning, thanks for reminded me to read them!!

  7. Had to skim the review since I haven't read the first book, but I'm DYING to read it! Etiquette and Espionage has been on my TBR forever! I'll have to bump it up now!

  8. Great review, I've wanted to read this series for a while as everyone speaks highly of it! I don't think I'll have too much of a problem with too much going on, because a lot of adult urban fantasies are like that.

  9. I am most curious about this series, I had the opportunity to review this a couple of weeks ago but I had to turn it down since I was so buried with Wicked. hopefully I can find room to check this out in 2014.

  10. Wonderful review. I have now added this series to my want to read list!

  11. Yesss. SO glad you loved this one, Megan, because I hope to start this one soon and I can't wait because I loved the first book! haha, I would love to be a lady of quali-tay too! Heehe