Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

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Curtsies & Conspiracies

by Gail Carriger

Series: Finishing School
Publication: Brown and Company on November 5th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Format: eARC
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.

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]urtsies & Conspiracies is the second installment in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, and it improves upon a lot of the shortcomings and problems I had with the previous book.

One of the things I disliked about the previous installment was that it moved along at a fairly slow pace for about 3/4 of the book. That’s not a problem with Curtsies & Conspiracies. While it wasn’t all action, all the time, the story moved along at a much faster clip, and I wasn’t left with the feeling that this book served primarily as world-building; the plot was pretty solid, and the story built upon characters and settings the reader was already familiar with.

There were mostly familiar faces in this book, but a few new characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. One of the things I enjoy most about this series so far is the depth and variety in the cast of characters, and that aspect continues to impress in this book.

The ending wasn’t completely satisfying, but it is a series!

Long story short, if you enjoyed Waistcoats & Weaponry, you’ll enjoy this even more. I definitely recommend giving this series a shot!

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