It has been too long since I’ve devoured a book quite as quickly as this. In fact, the last time I read a book so fast was most likely the first book Etiquette and Espionage. This series for me is quickly become a favorite enjoyable read for me: the characters remain likable, the plot remains engaging and now that she has firmly established the setting of the school, Carriger has taken the time to bring this book further into the world of the Parasol Protectorate series with established characters from that series, especially the vampires including my favorite Lord Akeldama
Sophornia also gets a suitor as well, and the scenes are rather enjoyable between them. The scenes with Soap are interesting too; because you do start seeing the pressures and realities of society start to set in. He clearly likes her in a way that not only she does not, but that society would never accept. You just hope it doesn’t end with too much heartbreak on his part.
Finally, I do like that in this book that Sophornia learns that there can be consequences to the work that they are doing. I think it’s a good lesson for her to learn, and it’ll be interesting to see if/how she carries forward.
Overall, if you enjoyed the first book you’ll love this one as well, as arguably it’s even better than that, making my recommendation an easy Buy It.