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Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School) Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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"The Finishing School series goes out in style, with plenty of derring-do action, witty repartee, several surprising revelations, and satisfying romance. And, of course, some to-die-for accessories."―Horn Book
"The final installment of Carriger's quality steampunk series...is a worthy addition that is just plain fun. Carriger wraps up the plot beautifully, with plenty of mechanicals, mayhem, and mischief."―RT Book Reviews
"A satisfying conclusion.... A cutaway map of the dirigible makes it easy to follow the exhilarating adventures of these young ladies with special talents and proper manners."―School Library Journal
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Eventually she escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. In pursuit of further finishing, Ms. Carriger traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. In the Finishing School series, she takes her readers back to a time before the Parasol Protectorate, explaining the mysteries of her steampunk world and visiting a few old friends.
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After the last incident concerning the Picklemen ended with Soap being shot Sophronia is not willing to forgive and forget. She knows that they are planing something big and she is determined to figure out what that is and stop them, both as a revenge for Sope and because that is just simply who she is never being able to leave any scheme alone.
This is my favourite of the series. It has more action and feels a bit more mature than the previous books. When I first picked up this series I found out that it is probably ment for younger readers than I thought going in expecting a bad-ass assasin school, but if you just take it for what it is then it's still a fun and fast read. This last book also ties everything up nicely and leaves no threads loose.
This one has a lot of the same as the others did, balls, tea, espionage, bunson boys and Mademosielle Geradine girls. Everyone makes appearance in this one: Sophronia, Dimity, Agatha, Monique, Soap and Felix. I for one would have liked more Felix in this book, and I really did like the Felix character, but after his betrayal in the last book he isn't really in this book much. And Soap, I do like Soap as well, but as a werewolf he was different and not the Soap I liked in the previous books.
Sophronia always sees the conspiracies in everything, and this book is no different. As the picklemen try to take over there school it seems that only Monique and Sophronia is trying to stop it, with no one else really believing. It was great to see Sophronia and Monique kind of team up in this one :)
Sophronia's story continues in Courtesies and Conspirancies, then Waistcoats and Weaponry and, finally, this one - Manners and Mutiny.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series is great fun and well worth reading by young and old alike!
I'm a sucker for boarding-school novels- SO different from my life! Plus, I read etiquette books for fun (though this is not required to enjoy this series!). The steampunk elements give it extra energy and fun.
Ria is a solid character, that is her own person even as readers can identify with her. The other characters are also both coherent and surprising. The plot is complex, of course, albeit a bit silly... but that's in keeping with the overall light tone of the novels; it is hard to take seriously Evil Villains called the Picklemen, whose head is called "the Chutney". And here, it works!
So, if you like light novels and favor boarding-school tales (like Harry Potter) with serious action-adventure, read this series!
The fourth and final book in the Finishing School series. The Picklemen plot is coming to a head and Sophronia must use all her training to try and figure out how to keep herself and her friends safe. A dinner party at Lord Akeldama's with the Dewan may lead to some answers but what do they really know and how much will they share?
Sophronia is definitely growing up and having to figure out how to navigate men better than she has previously as Lord Mersey and Soap are both vying for her affection in much more obvious ways that even SHE can't miss. She must always contemplate what her future will hold depending on which way she should chose to turn for she has many choices before her.
I found this to be a satisfying conclusion to the series. Most things were tied up with a very pretty, if deadly, little bow and those that weren't have more to do with some of the side characters and may be answered in time. In all, a fun series that was exactly what my overworked brain needed this summer.