Curtsies & Conspiracies

September 3, 2017

Finishing School #2. Author: Gail Carriger.


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.
(Published summary)
My Thoughts:

Whoo-boy, everything’s revving up. Rather more flirting, a good bit more paranormal involvement, new mechanical-inventions; let’s just throw in more of everything! I do think Sophronia needs to be more conscientious… she won’t admit that she’s drawing Soap and Felix on, but she totally is. At the end of the novel she gets quite a stern object lesson in direct consequences, (which she definitely deserved), but we’re going to have to wait till the next book to see how it affects her – and if finishing school really is corrupting her morals.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Girl glimpses boys swimming naked at a distance. Mild flirting. Headmistress’s large ‘assets’ (breasts) are mentioned multiple times in the context of clothing. Some kissing. Students find out that another girl, raised by werewolves, has by necessity seen men naked – on eager questioning of the differences, she gives a vague description of male genitals, which the girls find mostly distasteful.

Language: None.

Violence: Character uses her hurlie (grappling-hook type) to fend off attackers; it stabs into one man’s arm and gashes another. Two children kidnapped. Character sees the dead body of a girl who tried and failed to metamorphos to vampire queen (the process is not described, but involves being bitten, and is fatal if it fails.) Vampire falls from flying ship to the ground and is injured both by the fall and by tether-snap;. two characters help by offering their blood (bite to the wrist).


Book One

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