Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carringer

Posted on 06/24/2014 in Book Review / 8 Comments

Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarringerCurtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #2
Published by Hachette Audio on 8/1/2013
Genres: Adventure, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Sophronia, second year at Miss Geraldine's Finishing Academy, helps Dimity avoid London kidnappers and Vieve 10 attend Bunson boys' school. Someone kills for malfunctioning guidance valves that can control 'aether' atmosphere level. Again, she flirts with 'sootie' coal-worker Soap from the boiler room, and cuts Felix, son of Duke Golborne, at come-out ball. Teacher Captain Niall turns werewolf; vampire Prof Braithwope braves 'tether'; mechanimal Bumbersnoot plays essential role.

Still super-fun!  Sophronia is in her second year at Mlle. Geraldine’s Academy for Finishing and excelling at everything she does when she is truly put to the test:  her friends turn their backs on her, the boys from their brother academy are aboard visiting,  and the dirigible sets a course for London, reasons unknown.  Oh and someone is after Dimity and her brother.  You know, business as usual. Curtsies and Conspiracies was just as much fun as the first novel, maybe even more so.  We get more character time, Sophronia has even more self-confidence to spy on things at her own school, so we get to learn the inner workings much more intimately. I sense a love-triangle forming!  Remember the guy she ditched at her sister’s coming out ball in book 1?  He’s one of the boys aboard the dirigible while they glide to London, and he wants Sophronia and isn’t afraid to go after her.  Except, maybe she might like Soap the sootie after all?  And I sense a sweet, yet taboo romance forming between Sophronia and Soap.  Some people don’t like love triangles, but when they are genuine and natural, I do!  Gimme gimme! The plot thickens as unknown people try to go after Dimity, and for unknown reasons, and meanwhile, the school’s teachers are completely unaware of the shenanigans of their students. Yeah, so about that: they are supposed to be teaching the future spies of Britain, but they have no idea what Sophronia and company get up to?  Look, I like this story a lot, but I call BS.  That would be like me  believably teaching math.  And I can’t math. It ends well, although I am curious what happened to Prof. Braithwope after he took to the skies to “untether” in the outersphere. Is he okay?  Will he recover?  I guess I have to listen to the next one to find out!  Sophronia’s concerns about him were touching. Completely satisfying story, can’t wait to listen to the next one!  

Narrator 4-1-1

Do I even need to say it?  Moira Quirk rocks!

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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