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Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies

by Gail Carriger


 “You’re a wonderful dancer, Ria.”
“Mademoiselle Geraldine’s takes such things seriously.”
“Ah. And how many ways do you know to kill me, while we dance?”
“Only two, but give me time.”

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies
Author: Gail Carriger
Book: 2 of Finishing School
Genre: Steampunk, Teen
Found: Netgalley
Rating: 4 Voodoos

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.


Let’s be honest here, the love triangle is annoying. ANNOYING I TELL YOU! Apart from that I rather enjoyed this book. Sophronia is getting good at this espionage lark and she’s yet to get to the meaty part of her training!

The writing style for this series is notably different to that in The Parasol Protectorate, but that is to be expected as the target audience is different. I’m actually impressed with how different it is without actually seeming to be different at all.

I have little conception of the magnitude of the subplot brewing within this book as I’m yet to read through all of her other series, but it feels as though it could be rather dramatic. I do hope all the injured parties return for Waistcoats and Weaponry and I hope to see a little more cross over with the other series. I love cameos even in book form!

I will have to promptly immerse myself into Parasol Protectorate and look out for familiar faces that way while I wait for the third book in Finishing School to grace me with its presence.



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