Book Two of Finishing School
By: Gail Carriger
Date Finished: 04.25.14
Sidheag could be quite crass, the result of having been raised by men, or Scots, or soldiers, or werewolves, or all four.
The continuing adventures of Sophronia Angelina Temminnick and her other absurdly named friends! (I only now realized that I left out a letter in Sophie’s name in my review of the first book (posted here). Silly me, not noticing that Temminnick has two Ms AND two Ns.) Book Two picks up some time after the dramatic events that conclude the first story. How much later? A month? Several months? I don’t know. The book gives no indication of the passage of time or even hints at the aftermath of all that chaos. It just picks up at a nondescript place and takes off on its own direction.
I chose this book specifically because I was heading into a very busy two weeks and needed my reading material to be light and fluffy. This did not let me down. I thought I’d remembered how ridiculous this world is until I came across the word “flywaymen” and laughed out loud. I suppose I had suppressed some things after all. Still, this second book had more shape to it, more personal danger to the characters you care about, and a bit more of an end goal. Now I have a pretty good idea of what everyone was fighting over and how, but I’m still not entirely clear on why. Ah well, all will be revealed in time… maybe.
Honestly, I don’t quite know how I feel about these books. Mostly, I think I’m grateful. It’s a relief to have a series that I don’t have to take too seriously, but is still fun. I do like most of the characters, even if the names and endless supply of supernatural creatures keep my eyes rolling constantly. I do want to know how Sophie’s schemes will unfold and cheer for her successes. I just don’t know what the bigger picture is within the craziness.
At the end of the day: What the heck? For me.