Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Calliger
Genre: YA, Steampunk
Saphronia’s adventures at a not-quite-normal finishing school continue as she tries to figure out which student the local vampire is feeding on, who is trying to kidnap her best friend, and why the teachers are taking an emergency trip to London and bringing boys on the all-girl’s air ship. And those boys… they’re making life complicated.
This is one of those books that you can’t put down because you’ll go crazy. Also, I picked up book 2 nearly a year after reading book 1, and I had no trouble at all remembering details or getting back into the story.
There was a lot of drama in this one. It was good though. Silly teenage Victorian era drama. Fun stuff. Also boy drama. There’s this one boy who is a future duke… and boy has he fallen hard for Saphronia and her gorgeous green eyes and bright smile. But then there’s Soap, the sootie that she doesn’t know she’s in love with. So that’s a fun triangle.
I will admit the plot is a little more back and forth, and a little less of a straight line. Etiquette and Espionage was a straight line of a book… although there were subplots, there was one center line: the device. This one carries the story farther, and goes from the device’s true use, to what it has to do with the girls at the school, and then on to more plot devices (which I won’t include for the sake of spoilers). That being said, it was still 100% enjoyable, exciting, and fulfilling. The last chapter’s ending was a little abrupt, but I still liked it. Expertly narrated by the same Moira Quirk.