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Curtsies and Conspiracies

(Finishing School #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  23,949 ratings  ·  2,502 reviews
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 tr ...more
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“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
God's Eye
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk

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
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

2nd book in the Finishing School series. Best read with knowledge of the series. Steampunk YA fantasy.

Lessons in boys, friendships and espionage. Just to name a few of the things to learn.

Fantastic fantasy and adventure. Throughly enjoyed. Can’t wait for the next year’s education. The heroine is delightfully curious and adventure driven. Loved the robotic dog and his waging tail.
Ashley Marie
This remains a bizarrely entertaining series. Sidheag has become my favorite character, besides Soap and Bumbersnoot. Quite a bit more action in this installment, and it's nice to know that (view spoiler). I got a bit lost near the end, when Sophronia and Sidheag went to retrieve Dimity and Pillover, but things got back on track without too much trouble. Who knew vampires + werewolves + technology could be so confusing? ME. Still a ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Science, fantasy, plotting, school, tea.

There's something about Gail Carriger's steampunk world that I can't get enough of. In fact, it's not just something. It's everything. I freaking love it all.

With each book I fall even more in love.

I loved finding out even more about the characters I love. And that was a fantastic introduction to Lord Akeldama, the only thing this serious had been missing was that crazy teapot.
Lindsey Rey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, young-adult
[4.5 Stars]
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 Car
Curtsies & Conspiracies is an excellent sequel to Etiquette & Espionage and the Finishing School series is quickly becoming one of my favourite fun YA series to read and Gail Carriger is now my favourite steampunk writer. I Can't wait to read more about Sophronia's madcap adventure and mischief at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun instalment of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger! I’m enjoying these a lot and flying through them in no time. I actually think I should slow down a little, I have been a bit distracted during the last one and I’m sure I’ve missed several details 🙈😬
Again, I have to say, these books aren't perfect, the story and resolutions are far too convenient at times and I guess they are targeted at a far (far!) younger audience than myself. I don't care, though, they are just so fun to
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
A perfect follow up to Etiquette & Espionage! I swear I love this series more and more with every reread.
Trigger warnings: blood, violence, blackmail.

I stand by everything I said last time. Soap is too pure for this world and I want to wrap him in blankets and protect him forever.

Gosh, this series is fun. It took me a while to get back into the world and the characters, but goodness I love them so much. Sophronia is adorably naive about her two love interests while also being incredibly savvy about everything else that's going on. Soap is a complete cinnamon roll and I ship the he
Maria V. Snyder
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of a new series by Gail Carriger. I've downloaded the audio book and listened to this on my road trip to North Carolina. I love Gail's books - they are funny and smart and quirky, and the characters are proactive and intelligent and willing to do what it takes to help their friends. I loved the inclusion of a few characters from her Parasol Protectorate series, who I miss! The actress who reads these books is perfect. I can't read one of Gail's books because I'm not as good as the reader ...more
Like the first book, this YA book set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate is a fun romp with slightly less sex talk than the Parasol Protectorate books. It still has a bit of romance, but it’s mostly banter in keeping with the age of the girls, with a touch of teenage confusion and angst as regards having feelings for anyone. They’re not books with great depth: the perfect description is a ‘romp’, as many people have said before me.

It annoys me that people complain about Sophronia being a ‘
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 has left m
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This series is just a lot of fun, and even better in audio, performed by Moira Quirk. She handles the silly names and bizarre situations with the formality required for any proper lady. I was reminded of this series and the rest of Gail Carriger's series that I've started and not finished when I talked to Rose Davis on the Reading Envy Podcast - she had just listened to the first book of the newest series, Prudence, and when I knew I was going to spend half the day in the car driving to and from ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This series is so much fun!
Simon Brading
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good fun, it's just unfortunate that we can always work out what's actually going on before the main character does; sometimes it makes her seem a bit thick ;-) ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Within the last year or so Gail Carriger has become one of my favorite authors. Now that I've completed The Parasol Protectorate, I'm glad I can go back through this YA prequel series. It's awesome seeing characters younger versions of some of that series appear here, like Lord Akeldama, Sidheag Maccon, and Genevieve Lefoux. As for Sophronia, our lead in this series, she's one of my favorites. I can certainly appreciate just how resourceful, smart, and loyal she is. I'm looking forward to readin ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is shaping up to be super fun and I definitely think it's growing on me much like the Parasol Protectorate series did. I really enjoy the adventures on board Miss Geraldine's dirigible and seeing our characters start to grow a little more with each adventure they embark on is great.

Sophronia is once more our main character and she's an amusing one to follow. Her constant inquisitive nature means that she's always involving herself in whatever is happening, but usually she's trying t
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy fans, Urban Fantasy fans, Romance fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: previous book
To the lovely people out there,
I love this author, her work makes me giggle.
This book's plot is positively delightful while the dialouge keeps readers coming back for more.
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Carriger is making manners cool again. Huzzah! Carry on, and the masses will follow.
Cheers Pretties!
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good 2nd book in the series.
Enjoyed it a lot!
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, this series is just really cute, okay? And this book made me laugh out loud quite a few times. I had fun reading it, and that's what matters. ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020, ebook
Gail Carriger has done it again. Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second book in the Finishing School series, is an absolute delight. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. The story opens with the girls returning to Madame Geraldine's just in time for the strangest mid-term exam ever, which Sophronia passes with flying colors. Making top marks isn't all it's cracked up to be as Sophronia's friends turn against her in apparent jealousy. Or is it? Is everything at this school a test? Before the ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."

Ah Gail Carriger has done it again! I like this series even more that The Parasol protectorate; it's so funny and clever...and I must admit, quite refreshing. Also I have the cutest ship ever *cough* Soap *cough*

After her first tests at finishing school Sophronia, since her friends are acting weird, decides to take mat
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoyed the first book

Gail Carriger’s “Curtsies & Conspiracies” is the second book in the young adult fantasy series Finishing School. It’s Sophronia’s second semester at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality where she is being trained on etiquette, style and… espionage. The 19th century is an era of inventions, and thus the dirigible school is heading towards London to witness a history-changing experiment. But the young ladies at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s are more ex
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Primrose Jess
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Again- stellar narration by Moira Quirk. I wish I could hear her voice narrating my life as I go about my day to day business. I can say with certainty, her narration style causes me to enjoy this series far more than if I read them.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 voice. At ti
Dylan Benito
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading in January 2017, and very happy about this decision.

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
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

This review was originally posted at

Plot – 4.5 out 5 stars
This book was entertaining and hilarious. It’s full of action and fun. Though it had it’s slow parts, it was mysterious and incorporated a lot more steampunk elements. There’s an essence of conspiracies through the plot (as I’m sure you’re not surprised because of the title) but there’s also a little bit more romance than the first. I had a great time reading it.

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Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. Join the Chirrup for sneak peaks of upcoming gigg ...more

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Finishing School (4 books)
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Simply put, it was the book I kept looking for and really wanted to read but no one was writing, so I figured I'd better do it myself.
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“All the best geniuses are evil,” 43 likes
“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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