YA Review of Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger


Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: Finishing School (Book 2)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 5, 2013)

Genre: Steam punk/humor/mystery

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Eventually, she escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. In pursuit of further finishing, Ms. Carriger traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless. Soulless won the ALA’s Alex Award. There are manga versions of the first three books all called Soulless (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 & Vol. 3). All the books were NYT bestsellers. Her young adult Finishing School series includes Etiquette & Espionage (debuted at #9 on NYT) and Curtsies & Conspiracies (NYT #5). The third in the series, Waistcoats & Weaponry is due out Nov. 4, 2014. With the final volume, Manners & Mutiny in 2015.

Gail recently announced the Custard Protocol series, which begins with Prudence, coming in March of 2015.

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My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was so much fun, it kept me up to all hours of the night because I didn’t want to put it down. Class is back in session and Sophronia is back to spying. The teachers and Monique are acting suspicious, and a certain long lashed boy keeps flirting with Sophronia.  It isn’t long before she is solving puzzles and rescuing her friends once again.

I liked this book even better than the first. It was explosive and full of intrigue. It was wildly funny, but it had a dark undercurrent of danger to it. It was a little more “mature” than the first book, meaning it had a couple crude jokes, a bit of innuendo, and some disturbing/scary moments. It was still very clean for the age group and the genre.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an outrageous romp through a steam punk world with a fearless, brilliant heroine as their guide. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Content: A couple of crude jokes, mild innuendo, and a couple short, (possibly) disturbing scenes.


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    Tressa S
    November 17, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Great review! I do like it when a character grows through a series. It's a reason why I loved Harry Potter and Ally Carter's books. You really grow to love these characters and cheer them on.

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