Book Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Book Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail CarrigerWaistcoasts & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #3
on November 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci Fi
Pages: 304
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.

My Thoughts

Started right where book two left off! The characters have all shown growth but are all just as crazy as usual. I simply have loved Sophronia in the first two books and she did not disappoint in Waistcoats and Weaponry.

There was a bit of a slow start for this one though. Not too bad just slower than the normal craziness that happens on nearly every page in a Gail Carriger book. Not that it was a bad thing but when you get used to so much fuss and rigamarole it seems weird when it’s missing.

I did like that most of this was actually held outside of the school! I think this gave the girls time to really invest their minds into the problems that they once again find themselves in. Sophronia was just fantastic in her thinking but I think that Bumblesnoot is my favorite! I mean, don’t get me wrong, all of the characters are great, and there are quite a few, but he is just so adorable! I love how he does all he can to save his friends when they are in trouble. It’s just awesome! And even though he is a mechanical, I would adopt him any day!

If you have read the first two, the politicalness of them has definitely start to come into play! There are Picklemen, Vampires, and werewolves everywhere! It really helps to move the story along, although, again it seemed a little slower this time around.

The ending was a surprise! It seemed a little short even at 304 pages. I wanted a bit more but I guess I will have to wait for her next release.

IN short: Gail Carriger knows how to write awesome characters that can get in and out of sticky situations. The fun of it all is seeing their reactions, and of course their dress style!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



The Author

About Gail Carriger

Ms. Carriger writes steampunk urbane fantasy comedies of manners to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by a harem of shoes, where she insists on tea imported directly from London and cats that pee into toilets. Her books are all New York Times Bestsellers.
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