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Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School) Paperback – October 4, 2016
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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
"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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While I could never really fully get into this series as a whole, I have enjoyed it on some level! I guess, it's just been too long since I read the first book and even binging the remaining books continued to leave me befuddled as to a few things. Then add in the fact that all these events take part before the Parasol Protectorate series and I'm right about lost! LOL. Though I want to say I can dredge up some inklings of the first series Gail wrote and the connection to this one. As we've seen a few characters and then the epilogue here gives even more headway into that series.
The year is winding down and as the girls come back after the holidays to reign in the new year with their fellow classmates, quite the disaster occurs and everyone must leave the floating school, everyone except for Sophronia of course! Sophronia is determined to uncover who is attacking the school and basically stop them, using all the skills she's learned as of late.
This series is definitely fun and quirky, you could say! Sophronia is a fun heroine and her friends are just as amusing and entertaining! Even as the series wraps itself up we learn a few shocking revelations about them.
Then there's that ever present YA love triangle. Truly, it's a love-hate relationship with those. It all depends on the execution of it for it to work for me. This one was a bit muddy. Sophronia has feelings for Soap, the lowly sootie, but who's now a newly made werewolf when she bargained the last time around to save his life. It's not just his race that stands between them in having a public relationship, though sadly, it does factor in when you consider the time in society, but there's still a handful of other things as well. Then there's Felix who claims to care for Sophronia and yet, he betrayed her and her friends last time around as well. He was never able to stand up for himself and leech away from his father. And yet, we learn a thing or two about him.
What kind of drove me bonkers was that Sophronia never really seemed to have a choice in mind. She clearly was driven away from Felix after his betrayal, yet I never got that she cared for Soap than more than just a friend. She constantly tells herself she doesn't feel anything for him...I don't know. Maybe it was how I read it, she had no conflicting feelings when she said such things to herself, so I just didn't get that "I love Soap" vibes. Though we already know she does care for him in a sense, he's been her friend since the very beginning after all.
The series ends rather well. There was just one character whose fate was left untold...Sophronia goes on in the afterword that tells us pretty much where all her friends left off, except one. And I felt disappointed by that. But what can you do? Otherwise, I felt like things wrapped up nicely. And I feel confident in my assumption, we do see her briefly in the Parasol Protectorate series, as there was mention of her next assignment just towards the end of the book.
The Finishing School series was a fun and enjoyable read! I can't wait to read more from Gail Carriger, as it stands I still need to read Prudence and I am so looking forward to that one too!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
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.
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.
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 :)