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Curtsies & Conspiracies

by Gail Carriger

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Series: Finishing School (2), Parasol Universe (2)

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In her alternate England of 1851, fifteen-year-old Sophronia tries to uncover who is behind a plot to control a prototype that has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel, and to learn what role Mademoiselle Geraldine's academy for young spies plays in the affair.
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This series is fun and entertaining, I enjoy the spunky characters and the Victorian Steampunk world. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
I absolutely loved Etiquette & Espionage, and I'm glad to say I enjoyed Curtsies & Conspiracies just as much. I'm even starting to wonder if I could recommend these books to my sister, who is not a fantasy reader at all. Curtsies & Conspiracies continues much in the same vein as the first instalment: a steampunk finishing school situated abort a giant dirigible for young ladies of quality, where they both learn how to conduct themselves in society (e.g. how and when to faint, to blush and to bat their eyelashes) and to simultaneously gather information, carry and use weapons and possibly murder someone. All of course with poise and grace. The heroine of the story has a heart, befriends all the likeable people around her, and inspires loyalty in others as well. She's also quick on her feet and unconventional, even if she's having some problems in blushing becomingly. This book can at times be absolutely hilarious, but it also has a more serious note when Sophronia discovers that her actions have consequences that she might not have wished for. I'm glad the next instalment is coming out soon: I can't wait to see where this is going next! ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
I am a huge fan of this world (both the adult and YA). This might have been my favorite book of all of them. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
A very fun addition to the series! Looking forward to reading the third book. ( )
  ajrenshaw99 | Sep 1, 2023 |
4.5 stars-rounding up because Lord Akeldama! Delightful book. Carriger's witty whimsical style was in fine form in this second entry to her Finishing School series. I liked this one better than the first and looking forward to more adventures with Sophronia and friends! ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
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Gail Carrigerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Impey, AlisonCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Impey, AllisonDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quirk, MoiraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schechter, CarrieCover photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'Miss Temminnick. Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott. With me, please, ladies.'
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In her alternate England of 1851, fifteen-year-old Sophronia tries to uncover who is behind a plot to control a prototype that has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel, and to learn what role Mademoiselle Geraldine's academy for young spies plays in the affair.

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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?

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 bestselling 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.

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