Wishlist Wednesday

Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!

The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
  • Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My Wishlist Wednesday book is:

 Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School: Book the Second) by Gail Carriger

I was so happy to see Gail Carriger’s post this week announcing that book 2 in her Finishing School series is now available for pre-order! Sadly, we still have a while to wait until the book is released in November, but it’s never too early to break out the teapots in anticipation!

From Goodreads:

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.

In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger’s YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

Why do I want to read this?

I became an instant fan of Gail Carriger and her unique fictional worlds from the very first page of Soulless, book one in the unforgettable Parasol Protectorate series. In her new young adult series, Gail takes her steampunk/supernatural Victorian world and inserts one precocious teen with an undeniable talent for trouble and intrigue. I enjoyed Etiquette & Espionage, book one in the Finishing School series (my review is here), although I felt that I’d like to see main character Sophronia move from more childish antics into young womanhood. I’m hoping that as the books in the series progress, we’ll see Sophronia’s development, both as a young lady of manners as well as a first-rate intelligencer, much as we saw Harry Potter grow and mature in each book and each year at Hogwarts.

I was also tickled to learn that book three, while still in the works and not due until sometime in 2014, will have the magnificent title Waistcoats & Weaponry. Fabulous.

Quick note to Wishlist Wednesday bloggers: Come on back to Bookshelf Fantasies for Flashback Friday! Join me in celebrating the older gems hidden away on our bookshelves. See the introductory post for more details, and come back this Friday to add your flashback favorites!

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