Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger


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. (Gail Carriger’s Website)

Series: Finishing School #2
 Alternate History, Steampunk, Young Adult

Release Date: 5 November, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: barnes & noble
ISBN:  9780316190206

Edition: eBook
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Written: 24 September, 2014

How does one pass a test at a school filled with spies? Even more so how does one survive such a test only to be ostracized from the rest of the school thanks to their incredibly high marks? These are things that Miss Sophronia Temminnick has to contend with after passing her six month exams with the highest scores the school has ever seen. If only her Mumsy could see her now.

Even after the excitement of the previous term, Miss Temminnick is finding that there are even bigger plots afoot here in the sky, and her best friend might just be in danger. Things are complicated further by the addition of ten young Evil Geniuses from the brother school, Bunson, and an underlying plot that might just get everyone confused, bothered, and even caught in her wake. With the invention of a new dirgable that can float higher than other before it, and a trip to London to see it, Sophronia finds herself quite embroiled in a plot that leads to her attendance at her rival’s coming out ball… and infiltrating one of the most powerful Vampire hives within London.

The second novel of the Finishing School series doesn’t disappoint with the amount of action, budding romance, and of course, all the proper things a young lady needs to become a ‘Lady of Quality’. Carriger delivers a fast-paced, highly amusing novel that brings in several characters from her Parasol Protectorate series (Lord Akeldama has to be one of my favorite characters of all time). 

If you love steampunk settings, I highly recommend giving this series (and her others as well) a chance to work its way into your reading lists.


About librarianfatale

Miss Powell works as a Youth Services Librarian in a lovely community in Upstate South Carolina. Miss Powell enjoys reading Historical Fiction, YA novels, and Scottish Romance novels. She also runs another blog called A Bibliotaph’s Reviews and will be a contributor to the blog What Your Librarian Reads. Miss Powell enjoys spending her down time at home with her one cat, Gwen, a good book, and a cup of tea. She hopes one day to visit Scotland and perhaps eventually move there. View all posts by librarianfatale

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