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Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,141 ratings  ·  978 reviews
Sophronia, second year at Miss Geraldine's Finishing Academy, helps Dimity avoid London kidnappers and Vieve 10 attend Bunson boys' school. Someone kills for malfunctioning guidance valves that can control 'aether' atmosphere level. Again, she flirts with 'sootie' coal-worker Soap from the boiler room, and cuts Felix, son of Duke Golborne, at come-out ball. Teacher Captain...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published November 2013 by Hachette Little, Brown & Co (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
“What’s a man like down there?”
“Oh.” Sidheag wrinkled her nose. “Unimpressive. They have,” she gestured toward her own nether regions with one hand, “a sort of dangly sausage—lacks tailoring.”
Brilliant description, brilliant!

If ever there was an enjoyable book featuring a Mary Sue of a heroine, this is it. Despite my rating, I liked reading this book, because it was a funny, quick, fast, very light read. My main problem: that's just it. There is absolutely zero complexity in the book, it was...more

OLD: I'll probably be ambushed and hanged for saying this, but... I kinda liked the "rake-in-training" from the other school. He was an intriguing character and I don't know why, it looked to me like Sophronia wasn't too oblivious to his charms (the descriptions from her point of view kinda imply that she thought he wasn't too bad (big underestimation here, girls)). In comparison with Soap it’s just... dunno… like they are just plain friends, with no romantic feelings involved betwe...more
Natasha ?
Mar 02, 2013 Natasha ? marked it as to-read
OK. I am in love this this series covers! I mean LOOK!
They are just... AMAZING!
And I'm just about to start reading Etiquette & Espionage so I'm hoping that the stories are as good as the covers!
Probably the most disappointing aspect of Curtsies & Conspiracies is the writing. Gail Carriger is the author of an adult steampunk series and the first book in this series, Etiquette & Espionage, suffered from no such problems (or diminished ones, at any rate). Therefore, the jarring leaps between limited 3rd-person POV and omniscient, the awkward dialogue tags and the telling rather than showing make for an unsatisfactory, bumpy read.

This is especially evident in contrast with the voic...more
Megan (Megan Likes Books)
I absolutely love the world Gail Carriger has created. The mixture of Victorian manners with paranormal creatures, not to mention a dash of steampunk, completely sucked me in.

In Curtsies and Conspiracies, we reunite with Sophronia, who I fell in love with in Etiquette and Espionage. The secondary characters are also awesome, especially Soap, who I'm a little bit totally in love with. We get a new secondary character (well we met him briefly in book one) in Lord Felix Mercer. While I can't say I...more
Dylan Benito
Sophronia is back! I loved watching her, and her friends evolve into older, more finished people. Having loved the Parasol Protectorate, it is wonderful being able to get the background on some of my favorite characters. It was incredibly easy to give this book five stars. The only thing I'm sad about is having to wait for the next book to come out. We need to clone Gail Carriger so we can read more about the delightful world she has created.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Carriger knows how to write paranormal, for all ages. A wonderful and riveting sequel.

Opening Sentence: “Miss Temminnick.”

The Review:

Gail Carriger has done it again with Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second book in the Finishing School series. From vampires, to aether technology, and a conspiracy well worth conspiring about, Carriger has hooked me again. This book has captivated me from the first few pages until the very end. Carriger ha...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It would appear that Gail Carriger gets even more bold and hilarious with each new book she writes. Curtsies & Conspiracies is her most enjoyable work since Soulless, her debut, and it is by far the most outrageous and ridiculous thing I’ve read in a very long time.

By far the best thing about Carriger’s books is the language. As a non native speaker, I get to learn so many phrases and expressions, most of them outdated, but endlessly entertaining. In terms of language use in steampunk, Gail...more
Paper Droids
I recently ripped through Gail Carriger’s steampunk “Parasol Protectorate” series, and I admit that I was a bit hesitant to pick up its Young Adult counterpart (even as a young adult I didn’t read much YA – I was too busy re-reading Lord of the Rings for the 8000th time). But I caved pretty quickly, since the “Finishing School” series takes place in the same world as the adult series, only 25 years earlier. Any uncertainty was quashed in the first book, Etiquette & Espionage, and its sequel...more
From ballgowns and bowler hats, to parties and prototypes, Curtsies & Conspiracies will capture your attention, your mind and your heart.

Not only is it intriguing, with a collection of twisting plots and mysteries to solve, but it's a book filled with laughs and an endless array of gadgets that any sane young woman would love to see up close! Not to mention Sophronia, who is definitely one of my favourite YA heroines - with a tonne of pluck, a resourceful mind and a knack for getting into a...more
2.5 stars - Spoilers

I'm still not sure about this series, it's just a bit too silly, whimsical, and wordy for my liking but at the same time it can be rather fun.

-What's what: Sophronia enjoying Finishing/Spy school, she loves playing with gadgets and especially loves being a spy in training, she's determined to be the best.
When her friend is almost kidnapped by air pirates, Sophronia decides to investigate in her usual nonsensical way.
There's also dirigibles, vampires, werewolves, silly stea...more
Worst ending ever!

Don't get me wrong. I love this book and the series for its readability. It's lighthearted fantasy. It's up there with my other guilty pleasures like a Gossip Girl marathon and scented nail polish. Now that I've worked the vapidness out of my system, here's what I really think:

Curtsies & Conspiracies is the second book in The Finishing School series which focuses on Sophronia Temminick's attendance at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. I...more
3.5 stars

Gail Carriger's Finishing School series is full of fun and whimsy and it's perfect for when you're looking for a light hearted read that will have you smiling from start to finish. I really enjoyed Etiquette & Espionage so of course couldn't wait to pick up Curtsies & Conspiracies (don't you just love these book titles?!) and I enjoyed the sequel just as much.

These characters are just so much fun to read about, Sophronia always manages to get herself into incredibly amusing situ...more
Anna Neal
I won an ARC of this book and read it immediately.

This second installment of the adventures of Sophronia and friends was quite the fun ride. With the world already built Ms. Carriger was able to focus on the very fun and sometimes complicated conspiracies that Sophronia decides to inject herself into. I have a feeling these will become even more complicated and intricate as the series progresses.

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REVIEW: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies (Book the Second of the Finishing School Series)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher/Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company, anticipated pub. Date November 2014

I’m going to preface this review by acknowledging that I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger and I have utterly adored every single book of hers that I have read. So it probably comes as no surprise that I found this book to be wonderful.

I first came across...more
I was lucky enough to win an ARC from the author's website, my first ever! And Curtsies & Conspiracies was everything I hoped it would be. It was so much fun catching up with Sophronia and her classmates. More mad-capped adventures and more boys! There was an excellent mixture of characters we already liked and new ones either added in or expanded. Gail Carriger is excellent at concocting mysteries and unraveling them for the reader. I also love the touches of British society throughout the...more
I practically wrestled Liz at Assorted Leafs to get first chance at this sequel to Etiquette & Espionage - and even after I won, I'm STILL behind her in posting my review.

Carriger's adult series, Parasol Protectorate, ranks in my Top 10 for all-time best series. She has a wonderful way with characters and a humor that's top notch. Parasol Protectorate has wonderful, strong female characters, but it's definitely an A-D-U-L-T series. Finishing School keeps the same strong, amazing female chara...more
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
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Genre: Young Adult Alternate Historical Paranormal Steampunk
Rating: Teen (some violence, scary situations, scandalous flirting, vampire feeding, character assassination, espionage)
Told: Third Person Singular (Sophronia), Past Ten...more
This is the second book in the steampunk YA Finishing School series by Carriger. There are two more books planned in this series: Waistcoats and Weaponry out in 2014 and Manners and Mutiny out in 2015. This was a very fun read and I really enjoyed it. I also really enjoyed Carriger’s adult series, The Parasole Protectorate.

Sophronia has had an eventful first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality; the finishing school that is training her to be a spy. They...more
Zoe Kennedy
Dear Gail Carriger,
Please stop writing such amazing books because when I finish them all I want to do is bawl my eyes out.

That being said... THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! OH MAN!!! As good as Etiquette & Espionage was, Curtsies and Conspiracies was truly fantastic! It was funny, and full of adventure. What's great about Gail's work is that you can see she loves the Victorian era but she is critical of some of their beliefs such as etiquette, what determines social rank etc... Sophronia is irritated...more
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An Audible narrator can often make or break a book: in this case, we have a narrator who really appreciates the nuances of the book and brings all the quirky characters to glorious life. I can't imagine reading this on my own now without all the great affectations and accents, personality and charm, brought about by narrator Moira Quirk.

All the adventure of the first novel is in the second: Sephronia is tested and pronoun...more
Kathy Martin
This second book in Carriger's Finishing School series had all the intrigue, fashion, steampunk goodies, and Victorian manners of the first book and added some romance too. Sophronia and the other young ladies are busy learning all of the things female spies of high society need to learn.

Sophronia is a natural and the best student of her class which causes the other girls to ostracize her. Sophronia is hurt but not deterred and she still has some friends in Vieve the ten-year-old cross dressing...more
Tim Hicks
4.5, rounded up because the book does an excellent job of being what it set out to be. I really enjoyed reading it.

This was fun, more fun than volume 1. There's a distinct benefit here to having read the Soulless series, but it isn't essential. Except near the end, when previous-series readers get to meet their favourite vampire again. Also for the appreciation of the careful way Carriger continues to colour in details of her very interesting world.

Steampunk, werewolves, vampires, and Flavia d...more
Jessica Strider
Pros: fun characters, interesting mystery, dry humour


For Parents: minor violence, kissing

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality makes course for London after picking up some gentlemen from Bunson and Lacroix’s Boys’ Polytechnique. They’re to see the results of an experiment in navigating the aetherosphere, something that would greatly reduce travel times. But not everyone wants the experiment to succeed.

In many ways this is a light-hearted Harry Potter, if Ha...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
Oh this was a much better read than the first in the series. The writing improved and the narrative sounds much more comfortable in the YA setting. The balance between the descriptions of classes, dresses, food and the mystery evens out in my opinion. You feel yourself part of the finishing school and desiring the little nibbles described.
The characters also evolved more and I'm looking forward to get to know them even better in oncoming books. I also liked that the character of Vieve was workin...more
An Odd1
Names are wonderfully silly. Next most amusing is teasing repartee, then juxtaposition of manners and murder techniques at dirigible Finishing School. X-rating is too strong for far-off naked blurs and shy Agatha's "don't believe you" to earthy Sidheag outnumbered by males back in Scotland "nether regions .. a sort of dangly sausage" p 113.

Sophronia Temminnick, in second year, flirts with dark-skinned coal worker 'sootie' Crowe 'Soap', and Felix "Golborne, Lord Mersey" p 272. Soph is mean to Fe...more
No gushing. No squealing. No exclamation points. I refuse to get all “fan-girly” in my review about this book. Quite simply put, I loved it. (But, OHEMGEE, it’s hard not to get all squealy about it! The characters! The plot! The intrigue! Not to mention the characters from Alexia’s world who quite suddenly appear – and disappear – throughout Sophronia’s semester! It’s all so wonderful!)

It doesn’t take long for Sophronia to get caught up in another piece of intrigue, though the circumstances surr...more
This book was given to me as an advanced reader copy by the publisher at the aasl convention last November in exchange for an honest review. My opinion differs than most of the other reviews that I have recently read on this book. I quite enjoyed the story and can recall the elements of the story. It was cleverly written but I think that the author has tried to put too many tags into this series, steampunk, historical appropriateness, vampires, werewolves. I think that if she had focused on stea...more
I really love this series! Sophronia's such a spunky protagonist. She's smart, courageous, kind and loyal. I really enjoyed watching her grow and develop in this book. Eagerly anticipating Waistcoats & Weaponry!
4.5 Stars

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If you recall my review of Etiquette & Espionage , I liked the setting and characters, but had a problem with what I considered a non-ending. Fortunately, I think Ms. Carriger has hit her stride with the second in the series.

Once again, Sophronia is aboard the floating finishing school, learning the not-all-together-different arts of society and espionage. Monique, the Picklemen, and the vampires all continue to cause troub...more
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Ms. Carriger writes steampunk urbane fantasy comedies of manners to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by a...more
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“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.”
“You have lovely eyes. Has anyone ever told you that?”
“What rot. They are a muddy green. What are you about, Lord Mersey?”

Felix sighed, looking genuinely perturbed. His air of ennui was shaken. “I am trying to court you. Truth be told, Miss Temminnick, you make it ruddy difficult!”

“Language, Lord Mersey.” Sophronia felt her heart flutter strangely. Am I ready to be courted?

“Miss Temminnick, you are in receipt of the highest marks we have ever given in a six-month review. Your mind seems designed for espionage.

Nevertheless, you veer away from perfect in matters of etiquette. Do not let these marks go to your head; there are many girls at this school who are better than you.

Our biggest concern is what you get up to when we are not watching. Because, if nothing else, this test has told us you are probably spying on us, as well as everyone around you.”
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