Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Curtsies & Conspiracies

byGail Carriger

Paperback | October 7, 2014

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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 toNew York TimesbestsellingEtiquette & 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.

New York Timesbestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in ...
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Title:Curtsies & ConspiraciesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316190209

ISBN - 13:9780316190206

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story And Memorable Characters I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading this series, I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. A floating school? A headmistress who doesn't even know what her students are learning? Mechanical maids? It seemed to be a hodgepodge of genres and those far out of my typical reading comfort zone. Still, I continued with the first book, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't entirely thrill me. I didn't feel as though I'd undergone some fantastic adventure, which was both disappointing and unexpected, considering the wide array of possibilities in that book. Yet, even though Carriger failed to truly "wow" me with her previous novel, I was truly blown away by this second book. Sophronia is the type of character to whom young women can relate, even while they giggle and find amusement in her (often questionable) antics. Sophronia is headstrong, but also fiercely independent, and always determined to put her friends before anything else. The amount of action in this book also surprised me. Previously, it didn't seem as though much happened at Miss Geraldine's school, apart from Sophronia getting into trouble and some wild goose chase for a prototype. Now, we get to see a broader glimpse of the society Carriger has created, where vampires and werewolves and all sorts of supernatural beings are not only welcome in society, but dining with the queen and voicing their opinions in matters of state. We see how this affects the young women of Miss Geraldine's, and - perhaps the most exciting of all - we finally get to see these young ladies interact with their male counterparts. One complaint I do have about these elusive male students is their names. I understand Carriger's books are meant to be comical, and not to be taken seriously, but naming a character "Lord Dingleproops" is a bit much, even for books of this nature. It often threw me off a bit, as I found the oddness of the names to be very distracting. Overall, I was impressed by this book, far more than the first. I truly enjoyed it, and my curiosity is piqued by the rather interesting note Carriger ended on. I'm very excited to continue with this series and to find out how this mysterious note-sender will tie into the next book(s).
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Storyline, Memorable Characters I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading this series, I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. A floating school? A headmistress who doesn't even know what her students are learning? Mechanical maids? It seemed to be a hodgepodge of genres and those far out of my typical reading comfort zone. Still, I continued with the first book, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't entirely thrill me. I didn't feel as though I'd undergone some fantastic adventure, which was both disappointing and unexpected, considering the wide array of possibilities in that book. Yet, even though Carriger failed to truly "wow" me with her previous novel, I was truly blown away by this second book. Sophronia is the type of character to whom young women can relate, even while they giggle and find amusement in her (often questionable) antics. Sophronia is headstrong, but also fiercely independent, and always determined to put her friends before anything else. The amount of action in this book also surprised me. Previously, it didn't seem as though much happened at Miss Geraldine's school, apart from Sophronia getting into trouble and some wild goose chase for a prototype. Now, we get to see a broader glimpse of the society Carriger has created, where vampires and werewolves and all sorts of supernatural beings are not only welcome in society, but dining with the queen and voicing their opinions in matters of state. We see how this affects the young women of Miss Geraldine's, and - perhaps the most exciting of all - we finally get to see these young ladies interact with their male counterparts. One complaint I do have about these elusive male students is their names. I understand Carriger's books are meant to be comical, and not to be taken seriously, but naming a character "Lord Dingleproops" is a bit much, even for books of this nature. It often threw me off a bit, as I found the oddness of the names to be very distracting. Overall, I was impressed by this book, far more than the first. I truly enjoyed it, and my curiosity is piqued by the rather interesting note Carriger ended on. I'm very excited to continue with this series and to find out how this mysterious note-sender will tie into the next book(s).
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Storyline, Memorable Characters I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading this series, I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. A floating school? A headmistress who doesn't even know what her students are learning? Mechanical maids? It seemed to be a hodgepodge of genres and those far out of my typical reading comfort zone. Still, I continued with the first book, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't entirely thrill me. I didn't feel as though I'd undergone some fantastic adventure, which was both disappointing and unexpected, considering the wide array of possibilities in that book. Yet, even though Carriger failed to truly "wow" me with her previous novel, I was truly blown away by this second book. Sophronia is the type of character to whom young women can relate, even while they giggle and find amusement in her (often questionable) antics. Sophronia is headstrong, but also fiercely independent, and always determined to put her friends before anything else. The amount of action in this book also surprised me. Previously, it didn't seem as though much happened at Miss Geraldine's school, apart from Sophronia getting into trouble and some wild goose chase for a prototype. Now, we get to see a broader glimpse of the society Carriger has created, where vampires and werewolves and all sorts of supernatural beings are not only welcome in society, but dining with the queen and voicing their opinions in matters of state. We see how this affects the young women of Miss Geraldine's, and - perhaps the most exciting of all - we finally get to see these young ladies interact with their male counterparts. One complaint I do have about these elusive male students is their names. I understand Carriger's books are meant to be comical, and not to be taken seriously, but naming a character "Lord Dingleproops" is a bit much, even for books of this nature. It often threw me off a bit, as I found the oddness of the names to be very distracting. Overall, I was impressed by this book, far more than the first. I truly enjoyed it, and my curiosity is piqued by the rather interesting note Carriger ended on. I'm very excited to continue with this series and to find out how this mysterious note-sender will tie into the next book(s).
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Storyline, Memorable Characters I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading this series, I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. A floating school? A headmistress who doesn't even know what her students are learning? Mechanical maids? It seemed to be a hodgepodge of genres and those far out of my typical reading comfort zone. Still, I continued with the first book, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't entirely thrill me. I didn't feel as though I'd undergone some fantastic adventure, which was both disappointing and unexpected, considering the wide array of possibilities in that book. Yet, even though Carriger failed to truly "wow" me with her previous novel, I was truly blown away by this second book. Sophronia is the type of character to whom young women can relate, even while they giggle and find amusement in her (often questionable) antics. Sophronia is headstrong, but also fiercely independent, and always determined to put her friends before anything else. The amount of action in this book also surprised me. Previously, it didn't seem as though much happened at Miss Geraldine's school, apart from Sophronia getting into trouble and some wild goose chase for a prototype. Now, we get to see a broader glimpse of the society Carriger has created, where vampires and werewolves and all sorts of supernatural beings are not only welcome in society, but dining with the queen and voicing their opinions in matters of state. We see how this affects the young women of Miss Geraldine's, and - perhaps the most exciting of all - we finally get to see these young ladies interact with their male counterparts. One complaint I do have about these elusive male students is their names. I understand Carriger's books are meant to be comical, and not to be taken seriously, but naming a character "Lord Dingleproops" is a bit much, even for books of this nature. It often threw me off a bit, as I found the oddness of the names to be very distracting. Overall, I was impressed by this book, far more than the first. I truly enjoyed it, and my curiosity is piqued by the rather interesting note Carriger ended on. I'm very excited to continue with this series and to find out how this mysterious note-sender will tie into the next book(s).
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Such a great series! terrific storytelling
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bumbersnoot! I love the characters even more this time, with an added love for Felix. Bumbersnoot will always be my favourite though.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have bought this after reading the first book. It is a fun, action packed book, with spies, evil genius and a hint of romance which doesn't overshadow the rest of the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Just a bunch of fun and silliness! I look forward to seeing more of Soap and Bumbersnoot, as I think they are my favourites. I also hope we will see "Gaspar" in upcoming books.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even better than the first! So much fun. Intelligent and witty but not heavy, it's a great book to escape into for a great adventure and a good laugh.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As entertaining as the first! I'm looking forward to the third! Sweet and silly, but a touching story about the importance of independence and friendship.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love Gail Carrigers characters! Her books are so difficult to put down. I can't wait to read what other adventers in espionage Saphronia and her friends get into.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulously funny To learn about being a spy in a time when the world was changing and fantasy was all the rage this book is both interesting and engaging I could not put it down for a second
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun-Filled Steampunk Adventure! "Curtsies & Conspiracies" is the second book in Gail Carriger's young adult "Finishing School " series that weaves the fashion and etiquette of Victorian England into mystery and adventure aboard a dirigible school for young ladies learning the art of espionage.  In this story Sophronia Temminnick has just completed her first six months of training and is being ostracized by her schoolmates because of her exceptionally high marks. Undaunted, she prowls the airship at night, listening in on teachers' conversations and spending time with Vieve, Soap and the sooties in the boiler room. What she learns is that a trip is being planned to London and that boys from Bunson and Lacroix's Boys Polytechnique will be travelling with them. Her curiosity aroused she uncovers clues to a plot to kidnap two of the students, and a conspiracy that involves supernaturals and humans. In this comedy of manners and espionage Sophronia begins to hone her skills as a rooky intelligencer, and finds herself lured into a love triangle. The well-written plot set in a steampunk setting is filled with twists and turns as Sophronia grapples with a plan to stop a conspiracy that endangers not only her best friend and her brother, but the welfare of her country. As events progress our heroine is not only troubled by the paranormals and humans that invade her life with all their idiosyncrasies , but she's mesmerized by technology and inventions ; the guidance valve, hurlie, obstructor and sputter-skates that fascinate the reader as well. As the tension mounts and the action escalates Sophronia struggles not only with the forces that endanger her life but with her heart as it drifts between two boys from different classes and an unwelcome attraction to a vampire.  Like Gail Carriger's first novel "Etiquette & Espionage" the characters are well-developed and complex with all their weaknesses and strengths. In this story over- confident, curious, resilient, and authoritative Sophronia returns with her friends; the stubborn, chatty, faint-hearted Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott, the indifferent and sometimes crass Sidheag Maccon, and the shy,soft-spoken, and timid Agatha Woosmoss. Their school adversaries, Monique de Pelouse and Preshea Buss, are still just as proud, manipulative, and haughty. But it is the Pistons from the evil genius training academy and many of the teachers that begin to show their true natures. Pillover, Dimity's brother is still incredibly smart, but insecure, Felix Colborne, Viscount Mersey is arrogant, charming and very persistent and Lord Dingleproops seems shallow, foolish and biddable. Of the teachers, Professor Braithwope is easy-going, friendly and dedicated while Professor Beatrice Lefoux is stiff, intractable and austere.  Of all the memorable characters in this novel whether human, werewolf or vampire I loved Phineas B. Crow (Soap) the sootie who seems to know far more than he should about the upper class and Vieve Lefoux, the cheeky scamp who dreams of being an evil genius. Although the climax left more questions than answers and was a little disappointing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for the next in the series.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I NEED MORE!!! Omg I love this series!!! I need more!!! Spys, evil geniuses, werewolves, vampires, its amazing. I love Steampunk. Definately a must read. And btw this is book 2.
Date published: 2014-02-02

Editorial Reviews

"If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick."
-ShelfAwareness