Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Series: Finishing School, book 2
By: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs., 30 mins.
ISBN:  9781478926498



I can’t help it! With the fact that Gail Carriger came out with the fourth book, I must press on with this series.

Of the entire book, my favorite conversation is between Sighead and Agatha, in the Sixth Test. (Background: We all know Sighead was brought up in the land of shape-shifters, so there’s very much going to be some nudity (well, one can assume anyhow). Which means she is not a prude or naive on certain subjects. Of course, lump her into a room – or in this, dirigible –  with girls who haven’t and I’m sure there would be some squeamish reactions.)

“No, what’s a man like down there?”
“Oh.” Sidheag wrinkled her nose. “Unimpressive. They have – “she gestured towards her own nether regions with one hand – “a sort of dangly sausage – lacks tailoring.”
“Yes, like it wasn’t fitted into its casing properly. And hairy.”

How can you not enjoy that quote? Maybe I’m just strange, but it certainly made me laugh-out-loud!

Moving forward!

Miss Sophronia Temminnick is up to lots of craftiness in this book. The debuts are made to do a six-month review of their progress. But once everybody’s “grades” are handed out, every body seems to be giving her a cold shoulder. Monique is being dismissed the night of her coming out party (this girl has lots of delicious secrets Sophronia had never guessed), and Dimity and, her brother, Pillover are now being guarded because of the assumption that somebody or several somebody’s is out to steal them away – and yet, nobody knows why.

Boys are also a big deal in this book! Soap, the dark-skinned Sootie, is trying to get very chummy with Sophronia, although she’s nervous about how a relationship like that could never come to anything because of their classes and would hate to ruin their friendship. There’s also, Lord Mersey, who – to everybody’s confusion – has chosen to court Sophronia. She is torn between social royalty and her buddy. A love triangle that doesn’t get too emphasized throughout, except for putting a bit of emphasis on how annoying men were with their courting habits :p

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (É) <-big ‘eh’ emphasis for that operatic French lady, is still chock-full of secrets and Sophronia is just nosy enough to get them all figured out.

I’m very excited to get the third book started 🙂



About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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