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Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School) Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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*Starred Review* Six months ago, Sophronia was a covert recruit in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy (Etiquette & Espionage, 2013). Now she’s earning top marks in such areas as “tea and delusions” and “portion allotment, puddings, and preemptive poisonings.” While her etiquette—ahem—still needs work, her naturally curious and calculating mind is so adept at espionage that even the teachers are wary of her. So when the floating school journeys to London to witness a technological breakthrough—travel through the aetherosphere made possible by a new guidance valve—Sophronia suspects that this is more than just a field trip. While the other girls plan shopping trips and parties, Sophronia uncovers a conspiracy to control the patent and production of the valve, which every faction has a stake in. Carriger’s second steampunk adventure exceeds the first with its (slightly) more plot-driven story, but the fun, again, is in watching ever-practical Sophronia sneak and scheme her way into sometimes dangerous, sometimes riotously funny, situations—and even learn a few sobering lessons about consequences along the way. New characters, including a pesky lord enamored of Sophronia, round out an already quirky but lovable group of friends/collaborators. We repeat: This witty, lighthearted series is not to be missed. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The short nine-month span between first and second volumes says much about the publisher’s eagerness to capitalize on the heat. Fans won’t have a second to breathe. Grades 8-11. --Krista Hutley
Praise for Curtsies & Conspiracies:
* "Teenage and adult fans alike will rejoice that Carriger retains her flair for musical prose, over-the-top names, clever wit, and strange yet helpful mechanical devices of all kinds. Carriger's blend of comically exaggerated characters and madcap action will easily win over readers once again."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* "[A] world of manners, steampunk, and the supernatural. [Carriger] again manages to blend the rules of etiquette with inventions and creatures effortlessly, creating a diverse world of wonder."―VOYA (starred review)
"The language is every bit as delightful as in Sophronia's first adventure... even in this weightier tale."―Kirkus Reviews
"[Carriger] jumps right into the thick of the action, developing a fast-paced plot that is sure to keep readers' attention...this is a must-have purchase."―School Library Journal
"The strength, wit, charisma, and sheer likeability of Sophronia is a refreshing and welcome change from the typical protagonist of today's young adult novels...Teenage girls will laugh, cheer, and empathize as the girls at the academy experience all of the same emotions they do, but in a Victorian steampunk fashion."―Library Media Connection
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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.
Unlike the first book, this one focuses more on the Supernatural side of the Spy world rather than the interactions and actions of Sophronia and her classmates .
If you are on the lookout for a Spy Steampunk Paranormal teen novel, then look no further with Book #2 in the Finishing School series "Curtsies and Conspiracies".
This has great characters, a wonderfully realized environment, and a nicely complex plot.
And I totally adore the idea of a girls' "finishing school" that teaches them how to be formidable!
This is the second book in the "Finshing School" series, and is at least as good as the first one. Although you could probably start here, you'd miss a lot by skipping #1.
In case this is not enough: airships! Evil genius academies! Teenage girls learning decorum AND espionage! Robot pets! Even elaborate meals!
Really, this is so much fun!
(The vampires and werewolves are mostly irrelevant, if one has started to get bored with such.)
(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