Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School) by Gail Carriger Review

School Starts

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:

Etiquette & Espionage

Curtsies & Conspiracies

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Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies 

Author: Gail Carriger

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 313

AISN: B00BAXFGPU

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**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.

The Girl With The Iron Touch by Kady Cross Review

gogglesThe crew has returned to England after their adventures in America in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar but when Emily is kidnapped, the crew will have to pull together to figure out what happened to her. In The Girl with the Iron Touch  by Kady Cross, Emily is shocked to wake up underground in the control of some strange automatons. The automatons are trying to help The Machinist return after the crew defeated him in The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. 

Griffin is running into problems in the Aether and is trying to keep it from the crew. Sam is trying desperately to find Emily and Jasper has gone of to help on old friend from America. Jayne starts to worry that she won’t be able to get everyone together and working as a team in time to save Emily.

The Girl with the Iron Touch is a nice addition to the Steampunk Chronicles. The crew is growing up with all the characters having to make tough decisions and live with the consequences causing some regret but interesting character development. Unlike the previous three novels in the Steampunk ChroniclesThe Girl with the Iron Touch  rates as a four on the content rating. While there isn’t an actual descriptive sex scene, there is some descriptive making out and they refer to the scene without actually showing the scene think of it as the camera panning away. Steampunk Chronicles are a nice read for those interested in trying the Steampunk genre without getting into the hardcore steampunk genre.

You can read an excerpt here.

Steampunk Chronicles:

The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)

The Girl in the Steel Corset (you can read my review here)

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (you can read my review here)

The Girl with the Iron Touch

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Title: The Girl With the Iron Touch

Author: Kady Cross

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B00BED2UB4

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 28, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape

circus caravanBelinda Danvers isn’t a witch but the townspeople in her village don’t believe her and are all set to burn her at the stake. Cards & Caravans  by Cindy Spencer Pape, Connor McKay is sent by the Knights to rescue Belinda at the request of her carnival uncle. When Connor arrives in the small village, the magistrate locals refuse to recognize his authority and Connor is forced to take matters into his own hands to save both their lives.

As Connor investigates the circumstances surrounding Belinda’s trial he starts to realize that this isn’t a localized attack on one individual but a bigger attack on those with magic. Can Connor figure out who is behind the attacks before it costs more lives? Will he be able to convince Belinda that they feelings they have for each other are real?

Once again Cindy Spencer Pape has mixed the right blend of romance, steampunk and fantasy in Cards & Caravans. After watching Connor lose the girl in Moonlight & Mechanicals (you can read my review here) it was nice to see him get his happily ever after. I really enjoyed getting to know his interesting and different family. Belinda had an interesting upbringing and her fears about fitting in with Connor’s family were believable and heat touching. Once again I had a hard time believing the story was as short as it was, I was so caught up in the story. You don’t need to have read the previous Gaslight Chronicles novels before reading Cards & Caravans but I recommend that you do so you understand Connor’s previous heartbreak and just because they are all entertaining reads. I have to admit that prices of all the Gaslight Chronicles make them an affordable series to enjoy.

You can read an excerpt here.

Gaslight Chronicles Reading Order

Steam & Sorcery

Photographs & Phantoms

Kilts & Krackens

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Cards & Caravans 

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Title: Cards & Caravans

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape

Format: eBook

Page Nos.: 129

AISN: B00BZPIGXW

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: March 18, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape Review

steampunk dogEngineer Winifred “Wink” Hadrian has been in love with Inspector Liam McCullough for years but he has always played the ‘friend”, believing that his past and his being a werewolf has condemned him to a life of bachelorhood. In Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape, Wink receives a proposal of marriage from another long term friend and promises to think about it as Wink has always wanted a family. But when a friend’s son goes missing, Wink and Liam start working together and Wink starts to wonder if she can really settle for less than the love she feels for Liam.

Inspector Liam McCullough is attracted to the smart and fearless Wink but figures she would be better of with his friend. But as the two of them work together, realizing that poor people have gone missing from the slums in London and it is up to them to figure out why Liam realizes more and more what exactly he would be giving up if he lets Wink go.

Set in Steampunk Victorian England, I have enjoyed all of the Gaslight Chronicles and Moonlight & Mechanicals is a great addition to the series. Wink is one of the children adopted by Merrick and Caroline from Steam & Sorcery (read my review here).  Wink’s character is great, originally from the slums of London she has not forgotten where she has come from, despite her social rise in the world and her education gained at college.  I was surprised to find out the story was so short because it didn’t feel like a shorter novel, although I did read it in one sitting (which is not unusual for me). Moonlight & Mechanicals  can be read as a stand alone novel but I think you get more out of the story if you have read the previous books in the series, or at the very least have read Steam & Sorcery.

You can read an excerpt here.

Gaslight Chronicles Reading Order

Steam & Sorcery

Photographs & Phantoms

Kilts & Krackens

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Cards & Caravans (March 2013)

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Title: Moonlight & Mechanicals

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape

Format:  eBook, audio book

Page Nos.: 176

AISN: B008O53MOE

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.