Curtsies and Conspiracies

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a tough series for me to review. This review is written having all 4 books in this series in mind.

So why is it so tough?

Well, to be honest, I like the concept. It tremendously funny, it's creative and it's mostly clean to involve vampires and werewolves.

But after I closed the book and reflected on what I just read, I thought to myself, this is just a bit ridiculous. The main character Sophronia is simultaneously naive and oblivious, finds herself in a love triangle and exploring more mature conversations in spite of being a genius AND she's FIFTEEN.

The characters in this book, lie and deceive and learn to use their décolletage and figure to their advantage. And remember that I mentioned in the book 1 review that you might be having some more mature conversations with your daughter later in the series?

“What’s a man like down there?”
“Oh.” Sidheag wrinkled her nose. “Unimpressive. They have,” she gestured toward her own nether regions with one hand, “a sort of dangly sausage—lacks tailoring.”

Here's the thing, I'm married. I think that's hilarious. Would I want my pre-teen or young teen picking up that book and thinking about that sort of thing? ...I don't think so...

There's not really anything of substance in these books except a rollicking creative time. You've got a steam-powered toy puppy, an "electrosplit goopslimer port", and a "Thrushbotham pip-monger swizzle sprocket". There are mechanical clangermaids and mechanical footmen. Airships and dirigibles.

It's a wonderful introduction to the world of steampunk. Definitely. A model message for future generations of real young ladies of quality? Not so much.

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