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ARC Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger

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ARC Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail CarrigerWaistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #3
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 11/4/2014
Genres: Steampunk, Supernatural, YA Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Class is back in session...
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style--with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what--or who--they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine's proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.




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Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, brings back all of our favorite characters for some more adventures, balls, and the occasional battle with flywaymen.


First of all, I want to clarify that this is the third book in the series.  I definitely thought it was the second for some reason, and I was very wrong.  It was still an amazing book because I knew the characters, love the plot, and the writing style, but I was really confused.  Please make sure you read them all in order for optimal enjoyment.


The third book brings back the whole gang, Sophronia, Dimity, Sidheag, Agitha, Soap, and of course, Bumbersnoot.  As Sophronia and Dimity prepare for the engagement party of Sophronia’s brother, Sidheag has her world turned upside down when she receives some upsetting news about her pack.


The girls are a bit older now than they were in the first book.  Sophronia is 16 and already seems to be getting offers of patronage and potential future marriages.  I love Sophronia as a character.  She’s feisty, a little unconventional, and she’s completely loyal to her friends.  The only thing that really bothers me about her is she didn’t seem to emotionally mature that much since the first book.  She’s certainly more intelligent, she’s more aware and concerned about society’s expectations and what is and isn’t proper, but she still seemed a little immature at times to me.  There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, I just would have liked to see some more growth from her.


Also, the book doesn’t center that much around Mademoiselle Geraldine’s.  It was something I knew beforehand, because the blurb on the back of the book makes it fairly clear that the girls have some more important things to do, so it wasn’t a surprise, but… they attend a finishing school.  On an airship.  Where they learn to be intelligencers.  I just wish there would be a little more time spent on the school itself.  It’s such an interesting concept, and I wish a little more time would be spent on it.  The first book spent some more time on it, but the girls still ended up leaving early to attend Sophronia’s sister’s coming out party.  Just a personal preference, there are definitely exciting things going on outside of the school as well, but how many schools are on an airship?  Seriously?


As with the first book, the writing style was fabulous.  I rarely found myself bored, there was plenty of action, and even a little bit of romance involved.  The action was described in just enough detail to keep me entertained, but not so much as to overwhelm me and make me want to skip through.


Overall, Waistcoats & Weaponry gets 4 out of 5 controllers from me.  I really enjoy this series, and I am definitely looking forward to going back and reading book two so I can find out what I missed.




My Rating

rate 4

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