Thursday, March 27, 2014

Curtsies & Conspiracies

Author: Gail Carriger
Info: Little, Brown Young Readers, copyright 2013, 8 CDs

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Sophronia doesn't mess around, especially when it comes to her friends.

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 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.

~Goodreads Description~

As series go, this was an excellent sequel.  Etiquette & Espionage introduced the reader to a crazy world where some girls have the privilege of attending Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy to become mastermind spies.  Things get serious when Sophronia discovers a plot a-foot, a battle against science between the vampires and pickleman.

The Awesome
I'm pretty sure I mentioned, in a previous review, that Sophronia is a force to be reckoned with as female protagonists go.  She sharp, quick witted, athletic, and willing to bat her eyes when the occasion arises.  She's good at what she does, and she makes no apologies for it which is so refreshing.  In so many books, as in real life, smart girls feel they need to hide their talents to fit in.  Sophronia stands out, and she does it proudly.

Another awesome...Little, Brown Books hit it out of the park again on the cover choice.  It's feminine and wicked all at the same time.  Love it!

The Not So Awesome
I listened to the audiobook (because Moira Quick is a fantastic reader), and while I thought it was excellent, audiobooks are always a little difficult for me to keep up with.  It took forever to listen to with a two-minute ride to work and all, and there are a lot of characters to keep straight.  A lot of characters and a pretty intense plot with strange names in a strange world.  As Carriger's world, and Sophronia's, continues to grow, I worry that too many characters and plot points will start to distract from the fun of the story.

Overall, an excellent read, and an excellent audiobook.  You kind of most definitely need to read book one first to have any chance of understanding what's happening, but that's okay, cause both are fun reads.

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