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Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in Finishing School Series
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- Publication date : November 5, 2013
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 5, 2013)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00BAXFGPU
- File size : 1674 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,187 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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?
In this installment the Season is upon us and the dirigible is leaving the moors and heading to London. Why is a covert school going to announce its self in London? Something is afoot.
Just thought I would share the below quote:)
One woman’s Petunia is another one’s poison.
I loved watching these characters grow and learn real lessons. They deal with real emotions and lean that there are real consequences for their actions. As a parent of a teenager I love to see this in media, too many times characters do not have to deal with the consequences of their actions and that does not do justice to younger readers. When your child gets to a certain age there is only so much that they listen too because they think they know better. It is just a result of them being that age not a child and not yet an adult. (yes I know have the Brittney Spears song going through my head).
One thing that I really like about these books is that each book wraps up nicely and there is not a huge cliff hanger. You can feel satisfied with the ending yes you are left wanting more but not to the point of wanting to scream NOOOOOO when you get to that last page. Gail make you feel so invested in these characters that you feel like you need to see what happens next. No matter which character you are rooting for they all have an arc and you see them grow in some way. It takes a truly talented person to not just improve your main characters but try to improve all of your side characters at the same time so that no one is just singled out.
The budding romance in this story I love. From the outside they do not belong however everyone sees it and I love how some of the other characters encourage it for the happiness of those involved. I am also for a sucker when one of the characters is quite blind to it.
But school has barely just started before things become complicated.
Boys from Bunson, a school for evil geniuses, come aboard the school to accompany the girls to London to witness an experiment where a new technology, that might affect both humans and supernaturals, is tested.
And to top it all off someone seems to be after Dimity, so Sophronia has to keep a close eye on her best friend while trying to figure out what exactly is going on.
Like the first book this is a fast and fun read with even more complications for the main characters to deal with.
(Where are the werewolves? I ask. Their lack is a disgrace! WHERE ARE THE WEREWOLVES!?!?! I should probably point out that the lone werewolf NEARLY made up for the lack, but my inherent love of werewolves makes me demand MOAR!)
*ahem* So. Sophronia. She's ingenious and sneaky and she can ferret out the inner secrets of the teachers and students of the school faster than anyone else. Which is fortunate because there's a lot of STUFF going on that needs to be taken care of. I'm torn about the love triangle because as much as I like Soap, I can't see anything coming of it due to the fact that the girls are conditioned to expect they'll have their husbands picked out for them. I mean, this is a THING at the school. A THING. Like, they might be told EXACTLY who to marry to advance the cause. Or whatever.
While I like Soap, I really liked Felix. Because, well, he amuses me.
Fast paced and appropriately ridiculous at times (OMG! The NAMES! LOL!), I'm completely looking forward to the next book. Because I sense more werewolves. And that's always a plus for me.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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Sophronia is a talented young lady, and her friends are just as fun as they were in the first book. The inclusion of students from Bunsen's just adds to the entertainment, especially as Sophronia has an admirer amongst them. I won't talk any more about the story as I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment...
I love the world that Gail Carriger has created - initially through the Parasol Protectorate - and the glimpse into the early lives of certain of the characters from those books is fascinating. The writing is captivating and the action exciting. It is one of those books that you can easily see becoming a film due to the author's attention to detail and sense of humour.
I can't wait to see what Ms Carriger can come up with next, especially since the introduction of a particular vampire dandy means that it can only get more colourful and entertaining!
When I first tried this new series I wasn't sure that I was going to like any new heroine better than Alexia but I think Sophronia has proved me wrong. How could I have anything but the greatest of admiration for a young lady who can climb wherever she wishes on a gigantic, floating airship in a crinoline?! Oh, and I want my very own Bumbersnoot!
I'd recommend any of Gail's Conspiracies / Parasol books to people who enjoy frivolous fiction and light-hearted adventure. I can't think of a book more perfect for winding down with after a stressful day if I'm to be honest and am really looking forward to the next in the series.