Curtsies & Conspiracies

Curtsies & Conspiracies

Book - 2013
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In her alternate England of 1851, fifteen-year-old Sophronia tries to uncover who is behind a plot to control a prototype that has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel, and to learn what role Mademoiselle Geraldine's academy for young spies plays in the affair.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
ISBN: 9780316190114
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Curtsies and conspiracies


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May 04, 2019

Carriger's humor, world building and blending of Victorian, Supernatural, and Steampunk elements is hilarious and filled with intrigue beyond what you might expect from a "finishing school".

Sophronia's entree' to this world as a student of finishing in the 1st book sets you up for the entire romp. The full storyline builds throughout the volumes. There are connections one of Carrigan's other series "The Parasol Protectorate" which is intrigue with a different purpose.

Apr 20, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book with an alleteration in the title. this series about a girls finishing school that trains undercover spies. it is a little silly at times with vampires and werewolfs, but it's an easy read and mildly entertaining. the characters are loveable. the plot a little boring

Nov 05, 2017

Good fun. I've never been a steampunk fan but this was a blast. Great style and vocabulary.

Oct 23, 2017

This book reminded me a girls vs. boys battle like little kids used to have since the girls in the novel are taught to be good while the boys learn more evil ways.

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 17, 2017

I love this series, a lot. The fictional universe Carriger has created is impressively detailed and imaginative (I’m definitely going to check out her adult books set in this universe once I finish these YA ones) and she is so good at working within the boundaries of Victorian society and twisting the absurdities of etiquette around to her own advantage, often with hilarious results. I love Sophronia, I love all of her friends at Mlle. Geraldine’s, and I can’t wait to read book three.

Nov 25, 2016

Yay! Some of the characters I like are back! That made this book more exciting. I want to see how the rest of this series goes. It's just a fun treat.

Feb 27, 2016

Like the first book! Loved it!, Things intensified and got very interesting, And one of the main things I worry about is Bumpersnoot! Lol!

Jan 26, 2016

There is something ridiculous and yet endearing about a dirigible finishing school. Conspiracy abounds in this, the second book of the series. After the debut girls are evaluated, Sophronia finds herself shunned by the other girls for her top marks. Someone is trying to kidnap Dimity, and Monique is up to Something. Embroidered codes on pillows, details of vampire hives, this was an excellent romp in a steampunk Victorian setting.

Sep 24, 2015

Excellent read for someone who enjoys humor and adventure, with a strong concept of steampunk. The characters are dimensional and plot is engaging.

emckenzie Aug 18, 2014

I really enjoyed this second book of the Finishing Series. I thought that there was solid character development overall and the plot had enough twists and turns to appeal to adult readers. Parts of the book felt a bit repetitive and I would have liked to have heard more about what they were learning in their classes and to see the main character use those lessons to her advantage.

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May 04, 2019

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Oct 02, 2018

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School is not a typical finishing school and that is the way Sophronia likes it. Ladies of quality are taught etiquette along with spy skills at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s school. Sophronia is back for her second year at the school and she has plenty of secrets to uncover. She wants to know who is behind the plot to gain control of a crystalline valve that will alter travel for humans and supernatural creatures. Dimity and Pillover’s parents are scientists that are working to create this crystalline device, which makes the siblings targets for kidnapping by several groups that want this device. Sophronia hopes to save her friends and keep control of the crystalline valve.


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Jul 27, 2015

"The way to your heart is by infiltration apparatus"


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