Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carringer

Posted October 6, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarringerCurtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-11-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Girls & Women, Historical, Manners & Etiquette, Robots, Social Issues, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery

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 to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & 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.

Well…”Curtsies and Conspiracies” by Gail Carriger did not impress me at all. I was hoping things would get better from “Etiquette and Espionage” but sadly they did not. “Curtsies and Conspiracies” started to get a little better in the beginning. It seemed to be moving a whole lot faster than the first novel but then I was disappointed again. I felt like the story was just dragging on. Where is the action and the plot? I feel like the synopsis has very little to do with the book.

Part of the problem is the writing. Again I have not read Carriger’s books before and her adult novels are suppose to really good and really popular but I guess I just don’t see it. I feel like the writing is just not up to par. Carriger writes for what I am guessing she thinks are simple minded readers. I feel like Carriger isn’t take her readers seriously. Young Adult readers like to read quality books.

Book two takes off with giving the girls there 6 month review. Sophronia has scored the highest marks out of the bunch but because of this she is being ostracized from the group. Even her best friend Dimity is ignoring her. Sophronia begins to work alone, believing that maybe this is another lesson. Sophronia did improve in this series. She knows what she wants and she sets her mind to it. Sophronia applies logic in every situation she is in whether it has to do with romance or spying on her teachers.

I still did not feel any real connection with these characters. I feel like they are still pretty flat and distant from the reader. The girls have gained a little more to their personalities but there still isn’t much to them. I love getting to know new characters and feeling like the are real but I haven’t had this experience with Carriger’s characters. With having such a hit series where everyone loves the characters, I would think that she would carry that over into this series but of course it did not.

I do want to end my review on a positive note. I have to say that so far this series has gorgeous covers. I may not like the story but I absolutely adore these covers. I think they are beautiful. I guess if you like steampunk, werewolves, vampires, and well….everything else thrown in, then you will probably enjoy this series. I feel like it is much too simple of a book with no real plot or story line to hang on too.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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