Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Having read and loved Etiquette and Espionage, I couldn’t help but buy Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, the second in her young adult Finishing School series. We find our heroine, Sophronia Temminick, about to undertake a test at the beginning of this book, which involves a strange machine called an ‘oddgob’. The machine proceeds to test her tea-serving ability, not to mention her choice of weaponry and her skills of surveillance, with the results being delivered before the other pupils. With several of the students told to improve their…

Etiquette & Espionage

Having fallen in love with the Parasol Protectorate series, it was high time that I read Gail Carriger’s young adult series, starting with Etiquette and Espionage. We first meet our amusing and forthright heroine, Sophronia Angelina Temminnick, at her family home, whereby she wreaks havoc on a trifle and upsets her mother for the umpteenth time. Unfortunately for Sophronia, her little mishap occurs during the visit of Mademoiselle Geraldine, the headmistress of a revered finishing school. In a desperate attempt to make her more like her well-behaved sister, Sophronia’s mother…

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

In a young adult novel that explores high school life and the importance of reputation, The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher becomes an exciting mystery that is more about revenge and retribution than exposing the truth. Of course, finding the truth is a large part of this book as we follow the perspective of Angie, whose best friend Lizzie committed suicide a few days ago. This came after Angie found Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend Drake on prom night, suffering the ultimate betrayal at the hands of her best friend….

Hot Head

There are times when we read a novel, short-story or novella, and we just don’t have enough to say for a full review, so we thought it would be a good idea to write mini reviews that are, well… mini. So, here you go. If you have any questions about any of the books we review here, then just leave them in the comments and we will reply as soon as we can. Hot Head by Damon Suede (Head #1) – Reviewed by Carolyn Firefighters, Griff and Dante, have been best friends forever and see…

The Key by Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg

*Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books in the series* Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, I was pleased to return to Engelsfors for the final book by Sara B Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, The Key. After the shocking conclusion to book two, the Chosen Ones have dwindled to four members out of seven, leaving their circle with some devastating gaps. Anna-Karin, Minoo, Linnéa and Vanessa know that the apocalypse is approaching, but they still have no idea how to close the portal in Engelsfors, or even…

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Although I had wanted to read In the Shadow of Blackbirdssince I saw it on a blog somewhere, I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened it. The synopsis is intriguing but it doesn’t give a whole lot away – which I came to see as a good thing the further I read. Mary Shelley Black lives in a time of upheaval and her personal life isn’t any less hectic; her mother isn’t around, her father has been imprisoned as a traitor, and her sweetheart, Stephen, has left to…

Antigoddess

I absolutely adored Kendare Blake’s series, Anna Dressed in Blood, so when I found out she was writing a new series based around the Greek gods, I knew I had to get my hands on Antigoddess, the first in the Goddess War series. The book alternates perspective between goddess Athena and her brother, Hermes, and the everyday life of teenager, Cassandra, and her boyfriend, Aidan. Both Athena and Hermes are dying slowly, as Athena’s body is slowly becoming filled with feathers whilst Hermes’ is diminishing and leaving him bony and…

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