Genre: Paranomal // Steampunk // Historical
Series: The Finish School #3
Goodreads rating: 4.13
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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 Timesbestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.
Another enjoyable instalment in The Finishing School series! If you’re not familiar with these books (they’re not as popular as they should be, like their sequel series The Parasol Protectorate, which I highly recommend), go read them right now! As of now there are three books in the series: Etiquette and Espionage, Curtsies and Conspiracies and this one: Waistcoats and Weaponry. I think a lot of you out there would just buy them for their covers; I mean, look at them. I hadn’t heard of Etiquette and Espionage or Gail Carriger, but the cover just immediately grabbed my attention! And then the blurb! I’m so happy I picked it up, as it led to discovering The Parasol Protectorate series, which is one of my favourite series. I do recommend reading them before The Finishing School though (do keep in mind they’re adult books!), as there isn’t much world building in the Finishing School series while there is in The Parasol Protectorate. The society is a lot more explained in those books, and meeting characters from Parasol in Finishing School is just a lot more fun!
Okay, now that my love/worship/praise for the series itself is out of the way, on to Waistcoats and Weaponry in particular. The characters were amazing as usual and they have grown since the first book. ‘Growing up’ was a significant theme throughout the book and I loved the new problems that came with it. The book still had a lot of light moments like all of Gail’s books. She has such a witty style and I love her humour.
I also want to talk about how British this book is. I mean, yeah, it takes place in Victorian England, but the mentions of tea, oh my god. The characters are so upset when they don’t have tea; I loved it. Probably because I can relate, haha. I can’t live without tea. I get cranky, guys. Real cranky.
Okay, back to the book! I feel like it’s hard writing a review without giving spoilers for the book and the series. Just know that if you love steampunk, paranormal (though there are more paranormal aspects in the sequel series), good humour (though I guess it depends on your own sense of humour. I love Gail’s, but you might disagree), mystery, loveable characters, tea, Victorian England, espionage and so, so much more, than read this series! Though like I said before, I’d recommend reading The Parasol Protectorate first, but again, keep in mind they’re adult books. I didn’t know when I read the first one and the sex scenes threw me off. Thankfully the other books in the series aren’t as graphic.