Source/Format: Won, Hardback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Novermber 5, 2013 Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Curtsies & Conspiracies (C&C) by Gail Carriger was an interesting read—one that I happened to enjoy considering the lack of enthusiasm I’ve had for reading lately. I found the overall writing style and plot refreshing. It was nice to see an alternative-history based book targeted at a YA audience. I wasn't familiar with the characaters because I didn't read the first book prior to diving into C&C. But, I didn’t have any trouble following along with Sophronia’s adventures. As a main character, Sophronia was alright, and I liked seeing the relationships she developed with the people around her. She had a habit of being a bit nosey, but she did it with good intentions. There were a whole host of characters, but to avoid spoiling anything, I won’t go into them. Now as for the school, well, it’s one I’d like to attend after all it is in a dirigible. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School was a creative take on the boarding school concept sometimes found in YA. My only problem with C&C is that all the action, albeit brief as it was, happened at the very end of the book. And at times, the pacing seemed to slow down. But that didn’t hamper my overall enjoyment of the C&C. To sum it up, I liked Curtsies & Conspiracies, and I’m even more curious now than ever to see how the whole series started.
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