Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Curtsies & Conspiracies

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  • Publisher: Hachette Little, Brown & Co.
  • Pub date: November 5, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover (Library copy)
  • Genre: Young Adult, fantasy, steampunk
  • Series: Finishing School #2

Quick summary: Sophronia is now into her second year at Miss Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Things are not off to a great start when Sophronia earns top marks in her six month review and her close friends ostracize her. Then Sophronia discovers that not everything is as it seems at the Academy for Young Ladies and a conspiracy is afoot. Someone has attempted to kidnap her friend, Dimity, and the floating school is making an unexpected journey to London. Amid espionage and etiquette lessons, Sophronia must figure out what is really going on so she can save her friends and still attend a ball!

General thoughts: Once again Carriger has written a fun, witty, and adventurous tale set in her world of the Parasol Protectorate. I think I enjoyed this second book more than the first. We learn more about the politics between humans and supernaturals all while Sophronia and her friends try to survive a trip to London. Sophronia is just as feisty and the two love interests made things a little more interesting. The mystery kept the pages turning yet the end does still leave some questions unanswered (leaving a good opening for the next installment). I really enjoy Carriger’s world of the supernatural and tea settings. I look forward to Sophronia’s next adventure.

My rating: 4 stars

Do I recommend it? Yes, if you liked the first book or you enjoy fun steampunk adventures, then you should continue with this series!

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