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Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2 | [Gail Carriger]

Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2

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. 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, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first.
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Publisher's Summary

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 school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot - one with dire implications for both super-naturals 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 sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger's YA debut 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.

©2013 Gail Carriger (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 11-07-13
    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a guy that likes a good story.

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    "Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!"
    If you could sum up Curtsies & Conspiracies in three words, what would they be?

    Deliciously delightful deceit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vieve. The child is truly an evil genius of the highest caliber and everyone has to love an evil genius. Also, Steam. Propelled. Roller. Skates. That is all.


    Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

    I do not believe I can name just a single character. Moira Quirk is absolutely brilliant. She breaths life into the characters and the world. Listening to this series would not be the same without her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed out loud at several parts and had more than one moment of concern for the characters throughout. The 'fall' was one of the better scenes in the book. I will not spoil it for all by pontificating further.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are reading this then you should be using your credit to purchase this and the previous books immediately. This is one of the best written and performed books on audible. It is a rare mixture of adventure, comedy, supernatural, and steampunk executed with a masters stroke. Each consecutive book from Miss Carriger gets better and better. I guarantee, gentle reader, that you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Oma escondido, CA, United States 11-13-13
    Oma escondido, CA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2010

    non-recovering biblioholic

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    "Saphronia shines"
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    loved the story, love the reader. I wish Ms Carriger would write faster... I can hardly wait to see what happend next.

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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-27-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    Gail Carriger writes another amazing book. If you are new to Gail Carriger's writings, she mixes the supernatural with steampunk Victorian England to produce some really entertaining stories. But what resonates most with me is her hilarious, dry wit. I hope Ms. Carriger writes for a long, long time. The narration is great until Lord Akeldama enters the story. Moira Quirk does not capture Lord Akeldama’s character as vividly as Emily Gray does.

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    Richard Fairfax, VA, United States 01-06-14
    Richard Fairfax, VA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Steampunk silliness"

    This is more of the same stuff that was in Ettiquette and Espionage (the first book in this series.) It's a light, fun story that doesn't take itself too seriously. The book is short and aimed at a young adult market, but I think anyone looking for an entertaining read will probably like it.

    I think the narrator does a good job with the material. The tone she uses is a little silly, which matches the story well. She also does good voices for each of the characters, which makes the story easier to follow.

    If I had a complaint, it would be that the story concludes a little too abruptly. The resolution could have been expanded a little, but it was still a fun read.

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    Joki Helsinki 11-11-13
    Joki Helsinki 11-11-13
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    "Perfect!"

    An Audible narrator can often make or break a book: in this case, we have a narrator who really appreciates the nuances of the book and brings all the quirky characters to glorious life. I can't imagine reading this on my own now without all the great affectations and accents, personality and charm, brought about by narrator Moira Quirk.

    All the adventure of the first novel is in the second: Sephronia is tested and pronounced the quickest study in the history of the school. This causes problems with her friends, who distance themselves from her after being told she is furtively spying on them. But what might just be a kidnapping attempt of Dimity and her brother draws Sephronia further into the plot around the mysterious device of the first book. As well, she will find herself between two amorous boys: Soap the sootie and Lord Mersey, son of a duke. What will a girl do?

    I greatly enjoyed this book - even more so than the first one. Although I didn't welcome the addition of a bit of a love triangle, the inventiveness of the names, plots, and characters more than made up for that. Sephronia gets into all the action of the first novel and uncovers plots with alacrity. Even with the whole school turned against her, Sephronia navigates her way quite intelligently and with fun.

    Gail Carriger has really caught her stride with this book and I eagerly await her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex's Mom Sparks, NV 07-26-14
    Alex's Mom Sparks, NV 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Delicious"

    This is decadent treat...topped with cream brocade. The next in the series can't come out soon enough.

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    Nicole Richmond, VA, United States 05-22-14
    Nicole Richmond, VA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Young/Female Sherlock Holmes and Watson"
    Would you listen to Curtsies & Conspiracies again? Why?

    I would listen to Curties & Conspriaces a million times. This book has everything action suspense, humor. It's the perfect read.


    What does Moira Quirk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Moria Quirk knows how to bring every character to life. Each person has there own personallity and voice and she bring s it accross to the reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh a lot. Gail Carriger has a brilliant sense of humor.


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    Erin Fairfax, VA, United States 04-15-14
    Erin Fairfax, VA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Yet another treatise to the power of friendship"

    I loved Etiquette and Espionage so much that I was excited for the sequel and, while the sequel is lovely, it doesn't quite hold up to the sheer, wondrous "yay!" I felt in the first. Don't take this as discouragement though, readers! Curtsies and Conspiracies is every bit as endearing as it's predecessor, maintaining that thread of friendship and teamwork I so loved in the first, albeit with a few added roadblocks.

    Carriger made me fall in love with all of the characters all over again with their quirks and charming idiosyncrasies and, while the Curtsies feels, to me, as more of a bridging book than a stand alone, I cannot wait to read the next installment.

    And, as always, Moira Quirk is a brilliant narrator.

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    Susan Wilson TAMPA, FL, US 01-02-14
    Susan Wilson TAMPA, FL, US 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I will buy anything written by this author!"
    Where does Curtsies & Conspiracies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 10 for sure.


    What other book might you compare Curtsies & Conspiracies to and why?

    There is nothing to compare this book,or the others created by Gail Carriger, to. She is unique and absolutely my favorite author.


    Have you listened to any of Moira Quirk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved Ms. Quirk's performances in the prior book in this series, and she is excellent. Love listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    Moira Quirk does a fantastic job with this material. I am currently looking for other performances by her, she is so wonderful to listen to.

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    KARA United States 11-28-13
    KARA United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Even better than the first!"

    Loved the first book, and this one is even better. I am IN LOVE with the narration and couldn't imagine reading this series after hearing Moira Quirk. She does the greatest accents and voices, and has so much affliction in her reading. Cant wait for the 3rd - most likely released 2015 and just round out there is also a 4th scheduled!! I also began listening to Gail Carriger's Parasol and Protectorate series, which I am also LOVING! The world is set in the same as Finishing School's and Madame LeFoux is in book 2! Cant wait to see who else pops up. If you like the Finishing School series, give Parasol and Protectorate a try! Good narration on that one as well - not as great as Moira Quirk, but still good.

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