Title: Waistcoats & Weaponry
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #3
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Source: I received an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
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.
I am honestly so in love with this series. Gail Carriger is basically a steampunk genius. What I love is that despite the air-ships and vampires and werewolves and mysterious devices, it's still very Victorian, which I love. There's manners and bustles and the need for everything to be very proper, lest it start a scandal.
Sophronia is just such a likable character. She is loyal and resourceful and tons of fun. Plus I love her classmates Sidheag and Dimity (the only two really present in most of the book). And of course, Soap is my favourite. Lord Felix is also along for the ride and honestly, he gave me sleazy vibes the whole time.
And that's where this book dropped from 5 stars to only 4. It just got too love triangle-ish. I don't have a ton of patience for love triangles generally, but when the right decision is so obvious, that makes them even worse.
These characters go on a serious train adventure. There is scandal and intrigue and werewolf drama. Yep, it's pretty awesome. I'll be straight with you though, this book did make me cry. I don't want to give any spoilers, but man, it was rough on me.
I absolutely can't wait for the next (and final I think) book in this series. But the good news is that I have the box set of Gail Carriger's adult series on my shelf that I can't wait to find the time to dive into!
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