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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger Book 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.
This is an addicting and hilarious book. I've read the previous two books in this series and I'm thinking that this one has been the best so far, the others have been good but I really devoured this book and couldn't and didn't want to put it down. It starts off pretty exciting and keeps the pace up pretty well, or so I thought, and then about halfway through or so it kicks it up a notch! The plot was brilliant, the way things melded together and things from the previous books came into play, this book ended up tying a lot of mysteries together for the characters.

Speaking of characters, I think the author has done an amazing job with these characters. I honestly wasn't worried about how long it had been since I had read the previous book because I already remembered them very easily. She has very distinctive characters and they all have cool names, Sophronia for one, Agatha, Dimity and Soap for some others. I loved it. I also loved their personalities. It's the perfect mix of witty humor hidden behind the polite front of the time period. I felt like I was stepping back in time reading this book. The fashion, the inventions (although they are a bit more advanced), the language...everything. The author did a great job with the way the characters spoke and acted. I loved the writing style a lot, it took a little longer to read perhaps, because you want to understand what is going on, but because of what's happening in the story and the fact that it isn't very hard means that you aren't slowed down much.

I thought this book kept the previous vibe of steampunk-ness, espionage in such a fashionable way, and the interesting world-building was kept perfectly and added a lot to the story. It's a nice mix and makes it just odd enough. ;)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it's my favorite in the series. It was a wonderful mix of manners, wit, and adventure with supernatural creatures and interesting gadgets thrown in. Perhaps even a bit of coming of age, a hint of romance, and politics too. Sophronia is a delightful character and I loved her spunk. A bit ourtrageous, dangerous, and flirtatous... she's perfect! Highly recommend it and I cannot wait for the next book. I'm giving Waistcoats & Weaponry 5 out 5 flowers. 
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or where she may be...there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. Finishing School series is another series that i on my to read list..... and it sounds so good. I like a good fleshed out story with distinctive characters and i'm very much excited to read this series.

    Great review.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  2. I agree, this one was definitely the best yet! So happy you loved it too!

  3. Wonderful review! I really do want to read this series, and the author's adult books!

  4. Definitely do not see the funnies from that cover. :) But love the unexpected humour, nonetheless.


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