Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2) by Gail Carriger
I am finally able to post this as the book is coming out Nov 5, even though I read it back in July, as they wanted us to wait until 2 weeks before it was coming out to post. I was so excited to get an ARC of this book (from Edelweiss in return for an honest review) as Gail Carriger is one of my favorite writers. After reading Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School, Book the First), I was hooked on the series and the characters and couldn’t wait to see what happened next! As I have read all of Ms Carriger’s books, it was nice to get more of a background on characters that are found in The Parasol Protectorate series.
In this volume, Sophronia has been at Madame Geraldine’s Finishing School (which is secretly a school to train intelligencers, i.e. female spies) for six months and is about to have her first evaluation. She does so well on the exam, that she is alienated by all the other girls in her classes, including all her friends. Soon afterwards, a field trip to London is announced as well as the news that boys from Bunson’s School for Evil Geniuses will be joining them along with their teacher Professor Shrimpdittle (Algonquin Shrimpdittle to be precise, crazy great name right?). Dimity’s brother, who we met in the first book, along with a potential suitor for Sophronia named Lord Mersey are in the group. Trouble-causing Monica has been declared not fit to be a spy, based on her exam results, and as a result is being sent home after her coming out ball, which is to be held in London. Sophronia suspects there must be an alternative motive for the trip. What is the motive and does it have to do with the boys coming aboard the ship? Will Sophronia’s friends ever talk to her again? To find out, read this impressive second book of the Finishing School series. Recommended for ages 12 +, 5 stars.