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 field 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. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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? For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised?
Furthermore, Sophroni Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? 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 field 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.
Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Finishing School 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sam Yes. Each book is not a stand-alone. You could probably figure out the missing bits, but you will want to start with the first for the complete pictur …more Yes. You could probably figure out the missing bits, but you will want to start with the first for the complete picture. Is there romance in any of the books?
Abigail Yes! It gets denser as you go on. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 04, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: uk , mystery , ya , romance , steampunk , victorian , siblings , shits-and-giggles , middle-school , mary-sue. If ever there was an enjoyable book featuring a Mary Sue of a heroine, this is it. Despite my rating, I liked reading this book, because it was a funny, quick, fast, very light read.
My main problem: that's just it. There is absolutely zero complexity in the book, it was funny, but there was absolutely nothing more to it. It is completely devoid of substance with an utterly convoluted plot. And really, was there a need to include a love triangle when the main character in the book is all of 15 years old. Was it necessary to make her so completely perfect, so utterly capable, so tremendously intelligent, so flawlessly absorbing, particularly to the male sex?
These things combined to make her particularly appealing to gentlemen. Fifteen years old, ladies and gentlemen.
Our main character is fifteen years old, with the unconscious seduction of a young Lolita. With the brilliant analytical skills of a young Holmes. With the philosophical brain of Archimedes. I liked Sophronia, despite her blind perfection, but she could have been so much more.
My enjoyment of the book is impeded partially by the lack of complexity and the absence of any sort of depth within this book's characters, be they main characters or part of the side cast. I can't give you a summary for this book because I'm not quite sure what I just read.
My brain's just not quite that far-reaching yet. No summary. Half an hour after reading it, I remember absolutely nothing about it, and I can't even tell you what the hell the main plot was. I don't know what the mystery is, neither do I know how the plot was resolved.
I had a lot of fun reading it, it was tremendously humorous. But that's it. I don't know what I just read beyond the humor, beyond the whimsical characters and the funny little steampunk world in which our book is set.
I can't tell you what the book is about, what the big spy-related plot is, but I can tell you that Monique is a bitch. That Dimity is in love with Lord Dingleproops. That Vieve is a year old girl who likes to dress as a boy. That there is a love triangle, in which the sootie Soap and the supercilious Lord Felix are both in love with our Queen of the Mary Sues I like her, but there is absolutely no denying that she is a Mary Sue Sophronia.
I can tell you that Sophronia carries around a little dog-thing Bumbersnoot as a purse. Those minute details, I can tell you. Those minute details, I remember. Just not the central plot itself. I'm dead fucking serious. There are a lot of good things about this book.
I said it was a quick read and a very amusing one, and it really was. The writing is awesome; it is funny, it is flippant, it doesn't take itself seriously at all. I laughed more than once. Dimity was so pretty and chattery, she quite overpowered the average male.
Many gentlemen were unable to cope with abundant chatter, which is why they so often married it. It is absolutely amusing, the book is rampant with silliness. The characters are a parody of British high society, complete with utterly ludicrous names, like the previously mentioned Lord Dingleproops, Professor Shrimpdittle, or else absurdly apostrophed names, like Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott.
The steampunk setting can best be described as "twee. We have whoozits and whatzits galore. Odd little thingamabobs, a steam-powered toy puppy. An "electrosplit goopslimer port. Airships and dirigibles. Steam-puffing mechanical objects.
It is all terrifyingly, delightfully cute. The school setting itself was pretty awesome, and I wished there were more insights and lessons for me to learn within the incredibly interesting-sounding classes. Seriously, where were these classes when I was still in school. We have classes on "drawing room music and subversive petit fours," "Hive and pack dynamics as part of the modern aristocratic system," "rapid walking in full skirts," "tea and delusions," "portion allotment, puddings, and preemptive poisonings.
The discussion evolved to the interesting question of whether a gentleman could tattoo a secret message upon his chin, then grow out his beard, thus transporting said message into enemy territory with no one the wiser. Would a man want a message permanently upon his chin? That was the quandary.
And could one legitimately ascribe nefarious intent to any many with a full beard as a result? Me too, Dimity. Me, too. View all 36 comments.
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