Last year I read Etiquette & Espionage, the first book in this series after it came heavily recommended by a friend. I was so glad I listened because I really enjoyed reading it a lot. I called Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality the coolest fantasy school since Hogwarts, and not without reason. They teach finishing, in more ways than one. Their school is a steampunk airship! So, needless to say, my hopes were up very high for this second book (always in my the back of my head there lingers the terrifying second book syndrome).
But I needn't worry. It was a really enjoyable read. Sophronia and her friends are back at school and their newly acquired skills will definitely come in handy, because something fishy is going on.
I particularly liked the school parts of the novel. They always have some kind of attraction to me, and I wouldn't have minded to read even more about them. I was a bit less charmed by the increasing part the love-triangle seems to get in this novel. One of the things I liked so much about the first book was the fact it wasn't all about the romance. However, I need to read the next book! NOW!
Curtsies & Conspiracies is the second book in the Finishing School series. The first book is Etiquette & Espionage. The other books are Waistcoats & Weaponry and Matters & Mutiny (November 2015). The Finishing School series is a spin-off series from the Parasol Protectorate series.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!