Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review: Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

18354467Title: Curtsies and Conspiracies
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Hatchet Little, Brown and Co
Publishing Date: November 5, 2013
Pages: 310
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal
Source: Paperback


Sophronias first year at Mademoiselle Geraldines Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing. For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy. Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ships boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is at first apparent. A conspiracy is afootone 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.

The second book in the awesome steampunk/kick butt/paranormal finishing school series. Full of laughs, mysteries, and of course, butt kicking.

What made me pick this book up?
I read the first one, and absolutely loved it. I literally could not wait to read the second one. If the first one was good, I had to assume that the second one was going to be just as good, or even better. I can't say it was better, but it definitely was just as good. 

What do I like about the cover?

I absolutely love the colors of it. The blue background with the colorless model is great, and I love the model they chose. She reminds me of Kiera Knightley. 

What made me read it?
It was the second one in the series, I had to read it. 

What did I like the most?
The way it made me laugh, but kept me wondering at the same time. The story is good, has plenty of mystery that makes you want to keep reading it. Plus it will make you literally laugh out loud at parts. Sophronia gets in so much trouble, and is always causing a ruckus, you can't help but love her. The characters are great, very witty and unique. And you can't help but feel like you are part of the world when you are reading it. I'm totally in love with the character Soap as well. 

The least?
I don't have the third one. 

Would you read the rest of the series/Other books by this author?
Uhm, duh. 

Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School. Her books are published in over a dozen different language. She has twelve NYT bestsellers via five different lists (including #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the ALA (for her debut Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea.Gail has a fun newsletter: the Monthly Chirrup, sign up at http://www.gailcarriger.com/contact.php


  1. Oh great review! I still need to read this one! I read book 1 as an ARC so I am wayyyyyy behind! But still plan to read it soon! Maybe at this point I'll wait for the final book in November and binge the rest of the series! Great review!

  2. This sounds like such a fun series! I really want to read more steampunk - maybe this series is a good place to start!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. Out of the three this one I did not love. I felt like there was some plot missing but I loved Waistcoats & Weaponry
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. I totally should read this series since a few steampunk-slash-whatever ones I've tried I've struggled through, they haven't been my thing that much, but sounds like this series is! :D


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