Series: Finishing School #2
Published by Hachette Audio, Little Brown Books for Young Readers Genres: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Source: Library or Borrowed, Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Etiquette & Espionage, Waistcoats & Weaponry
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 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.
Oh, CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES I was in the perfect mood for you. You were so much more fun then the first book. Don’t get me wrong ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE was jolly good fun, but you dear, you had pinash!
You put the treacle in my tart
– Everytime I listen to any of the Gail Carriger books I get such a fun kick out of the dialogue. I feel like I wouldn’t get the same experience if I weren’t listening to the audio. It makes it so much more fun. The narrator Moira Quirk is so amazing, all of her different voices for each characters brings the whole story to life as if I were watching it on a screen. I can picture it all so well.
Why Lord Felix Mersey, what lovely long eyelashes you have
– Flirtation is in the air, much to Sophronia’s dismay but much to my delight! Seeing how she reacts to male attention adds an edge to things that wasn’t there in E&E. There is one particular new boy that I adore. (Ok so she danced half a dance with him in book one.) A handful of boys join the floating dirigible finishing school from the boys school for a trip to London. One of them is Felix Mersey, an incorrigible flirt who likes his eyes in khol, has long eyelashes and likes making overtures at Sophronia.
A few of the treats you are in for!
View Spoiler »- The freedom of trousers!
- the cold shoulder from everyone?!
- a fortune telling tea party
- lots more fun scaling the outside of the dirigible
- a deal with Vieve (for those of you who've read the Parasol Protectorate series this is Madame Genevieve Lefoux when she was about ten years old. She liked to dress as a boy even then)
- Monique continues to be a nuisance
- a coming out ball
- a cameo from our very own Lord Akeldama (one of the main characters from the Parasol Protectorate series)
- attempted kidnappings & slapdash escapes
- Bumbersnoot. I adore this little mechanical dog
- maybe a stolen kiss?
- Seeing the outcome of your actions « Hide Spoiler
Who keeps trying to make off with Dimity?
I had so much more fun with this second book then the first. I find that is sometimes the case with me when starting a new series. It just takes me awhile to get attached and for it to build up steam (oo look a pun he he). Anyways all of the girls take a big 6 month evaluation and everyone is given their scores infront of eachother. Sophronia receives the highest marks and is shunned by everyone. And someone is trying to kidnap Dimity, and her not talking to Sophronia is making it difficult for her to protect her. All of that along with boys from Bunson’s spending a long while at their school and her making a deal with Vieve to try to get her into Bunson’s school for Evil Scientists leaves Sophronia with her head spinning.
It was so so much fun – I’ve already dived into the third book.