Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2)
Not only is it intriguing, with a collection of twisting plots and mysteries to solve, but it's a book filled with laughs and an endless array of gadgets that any sane young woman would love to see up close! Not to mention Sophronia, who is definitely one of my favourite YA heroines - with a tonne of pluck, a resourceful mind and a knack for getting into all sorts of trouble :)
This book left me dying to read more of Gail Carriger's ingenious steampunk series...Waistcoats & Weaponry cannot come soon enough!
Sophronia is still a wonderful protagonist. She is daring, loyal and just a little too curious for her own good. All the the things you want in a main character. The supporting cast is full of insanely interesting characters, especially if you have read the Parasol Protectorate series. There is lots of lovely little spots of foreshadowing that will keep fans of that series delighted. Also, who can resist a 10 year old Genevieve ‘Vieve’ Lefoux? She almost deserves her own series of books. Also, I challenge anyone to read these books and not want their very own Bumbersnoot.
In this book Sophronia grows up a little and takes her first steps into adulthood, especially where the opposite sex is involved. This was handled beautifully, with just the right amount of angst and humour. It will be interesting to see how Sophronia handles being noticed by the opposite sex as the series continues. Somehow I doubt she will do it the conventional way.
This book is just perfect when you need a little absurdity in your life and break from the sometimes way too serious fantasy genre. I can’t wait for the next book to be released.