Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Book Two in the Finishing School Series
Published By: Hachette Little Brown (November 2013)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal/Steampunk
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Sophronia, second year at Miss Geraldine's Finishing Academy, helps Dimity avoid London kidnappers and Vieve 10 attend Bunson boys' school. Someone kills for malfunctioning guidance valves that can control 'aether' atmosphere level. Again, she flirts with 'sootie' coal-worker Soap from the boiler room, and cuts Felix, son of Duke Golborne, at come-out ball. Teacher Captain Niall turns werewolf; vampire Prof Braithwope braves 'tether'; mechanimal Bumbersnoot plays essential role.
I really loved the audio version of the first book so much that even though I received a copy from the publisher to review, I wanted to once again listed to Moira Quirk narrate and all of the fun that comes with listening to her quirky accents and voices. She really does bring this series to life with the voices and the character and warmth she projects into the storyline. I honestly don't know if I would like this series as much as I do without her little added extras.
I really enjoyed the first book. It really was a cute and fun read and while I did enjoy it, I was hoping the second volume would be just a little bit more. Hoping that the characters would grow up some and change along the way. And even though this is still one of the silliest reads I have come across that mixes historic, paranormal, and a bit of steampunk, it is by far such a cute read at the same time that you can't help but get caught up in the storyline as Sophronia and her friends get into trouble more often than naught.
It will be interesting and I am sure quite entertaining to see where the third book with take them next. I am looking forward to the hijinks and shenanigans that are sure to follow.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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