Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is not your ordinary Finishing School. It is also a secret training ground to turn qualified young ladies into spies. Second year student Sophronia uses the skills she learns to listen in on teachers and sneak into places where she doesn’t belong. But then what 15 year old student doesn’t do that? The difference is she’s highly trained in it.
This year Sophronia will need to work alongside some of our supernatural friends, werewolves and vampires, to help stop a conspiracy taking place in London. And when she’s not fighting she’s honoring her dance card.
I wasn’t particularly keen on the first book in the series (that was a long time ago and all I remember was that I didn’t like it much), but I found this to be an amusing, entertaining quick read. Sophronia seemed more playful, more her age, than I remember previously, and despite her dignified training, she knows how to make the best of a situation.
I didn’t take this very seriously, but I had a good time. It was sort of the literary equivalent to having a candy bar between meals – a little something to sustain you between more fulfilling reads.
This is not a new series (it was published back in 2013) but if you pick up a copy you may find a fun beach read with a book that you can comfortably leave in a Little Free Library somewhere.
Looking for a good book? Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger is a high-adventure story, targeted toward teen girls who want to see themselves as high society spies.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Curtsies & Conspiracies
author: Gail Carriger
series: Finishing School #2
publisher: Hachette Little, Brown & Co
hardcover, 310 pages