Series: Finishing School #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on November 2013
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Sophronia, second year at Miss Geraldine's Finishing Academy, helps Dimity avoid London kidnappers and Vieve 10 attend Bunson boys' school. Someone kills for malfunctioning guidance valves that can control 'aether' atmosphere level. Again, she flirts with 'sootie' coal-worker Soap from the boiler room, and cuts Felix, son of Duke Golborne, at come-out ball. Teacher Captain Niall turns werewolf; vampire Prof Braithwope braves 'tether'; mechanimal Bumbersnoot plays essential role.
Having loved the first book on audio, I could not help but download Curtsies and Conspiracies from Audible shortly after finishing the first book. The narration brings the story to life and I loved listening to every word of the book. Sophronia is almost done with the first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality and it’s already been quite a ride from the day she was picked up to attend until now. The school is not just about learning proper things ladies should know, but also a school for future spies.
Sophronia has stumbled upon another mystery and some complications. It seems as though the teachers wish to alienate her from her friends as her test results are revealed to be much higher than everyone in her class. This book is not only about spying, mysteries and adventure, but the meaning of friendship, possible romance and learning who you truly are.
I love Sophronia’s relationship with the “sooties”, the boys (and one girl) who work to keep the school afloat and are common folk. I love that she is proper and wants to learn everything she can to fit in, while still being herself. It’s nice to see a strong female character without pushing her too far out of mold.
Beyond all of that, is the further we get to know the society of Vampires and how they mix with the world. There’s some references in the first book, but this one really dove into the political intrigues of the society as well as some more important characters revealed. I loved all the twists and turns this book took as well as the arrogant love interest that pursues Sophronia persistently.
An excellent mystery with more world building and character revealing. This series is yet to disappoint.