Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
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.
My Thoughts :
Gail Carriger is my favourite Steampunk author. She mixes this weird and wonderful genre with the paranormal and adds a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that leaves you dying for more. I adored her Parasol Protectorate series and enjoyed the debut to her new Finishing School series. There is nothing more special or unforgettable as a Dirigible school filled with Young Ladies! Unique and fantastic, this author never fails to expand your mind and imagination. If you haven't already had the pleasure then you really should.
However this second part in the new series has left me feeling slightly unsure. While it had all the ingredients of a super steampunk paranormal it didn't taste quite right. I can't be more specific but as I was reading this sequel I wasn't really feeling the wow factor anymore. Maybe I have become immune to the weird and wonderful goings on or the story just wasn't my cup of tea this time around. Whatever the case this one fell a little flat.
Although don't be discouraged. I am still happy with the progress made in the book and the interesting things that happened. There is certainly more to come and I am going to be there ready to read it. There is nothing that could stop me from continuing this Steampunk Harry Potter and I am looking forward to more strange happenings.
If you haven't tried this author yet then you are missing out on something very special. I am not a huge Steampunk fan but this author will make you yearn for more with her fun and witty wrtitings. If you aren't drawn to this Young Adult offering then definitely try out the Parasol Protectorate. I had loads of fun with this series and will be visiting it again someday soon!