Sophronia survived her first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (Etiquette & Espionage you can read my review here), getting away with stealing a device, Sophronia is prepared to knuckle down to her studies. In Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger those studies include poisons, the proper way to curtsy and proper protocol for dealing with supernatural members of society all while traveling in a floating dirigible.
With an unexpected trip to London and several boys from the neighboring school for evil genius, Sophronia should be busy. But as usual, something clandestine is going on the school and it is up to Sophronia to figure out what it is before the long-term implications for society and the paranormal society take a turn for the worse.
Curtsies takes up where Ettiquette leaves off but where Ettiquette is a fun lighthearted humorous adventure story, Curtsies takes on a more serious note by the end of the novel with Sophronia growing as a spy and about living with the consequences of her actions. Just because she can achieve something without getting caught, should she?! Sophronia has grown, now 15, and I think Carriger has done a fabulous job having her age appropriately, getting more interested in boys and more adult but with enough light-hearted youthfulness to keep the reader quickly turning pages. Gail Carriger’s humor, interesting and, at times, ridiculous characters make her series (both the Finishing School and The Parasol Protectorate) a must read for me. I love how Sophronia jumps from level to level outside in the dirigible in her bustle and dress. I highly recommend this series and am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the Finishing School series.
While you could start the series with Curtsies & Conspiracies (Gail gives a little explanation about prior events) I honestly think you need to read Etiquette & Espionage first to really understand what is going on and the history of all the main characters.
You can read an excerpt here.
There is a really fun website at Finishing School where you can apply to attend.
Finishing School Reading Order:
Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies
Author: Gail Carriger
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 313
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.