Wrapping up the Finishing School series from Gail Carriger, this fun YA series combines the paranormal, wordplay, historic elements and a solid heroine in this steampunk conclusion to the series. Narrated by Moira Quirk, please read on for my review of
Manners & Mutiny
Picking up with the threat of Pickleman still looming, Sophronia has gained skills, knowledge and plenty of experience in her years as Mademoiselle Geraldine’s student, picking up tricks in espionage, self-sufficiency and loyalty – even as the threats seem to be never ending. When you add in dashes of silliness (for this series has those aplenty) and some intriguing conversations, moments of true friendship and some serious moments of tension and action – almost non-stop actually – the story fits neatly into the series, and presents a wrap-up, of sorts, to a series that combined humor, history and action with some never-before experienced creatures in situations that only could come from Carriger’s pen.
Sophronia has been a highlight in this series for me – she’s determined to make her own choices after (mostly) careful thought, and has managed to learn, succeed, and even thrive through all of the adventures, making friends and gaining suitors throughout. While she’s lost the companionship of Sidheag, she’s got Agatha who’s moved on to gain skills and talents as well as the ongoing triangle, that comes with a solution between Felix and Soap. Oh there is a choice to be made, and while I wasn’t completely sold on that conclusion, Carriger did make it feel right for both Sophronia and the story’s overall plotting arc. A clever and often silly set of circumstances that kept me engaged and amused, and brought much of the loose ends to conclusion.
Narration is again provided by Moira Quirk and she’s managed to capture each moment, each character with a sense of ‘who’ they are, while not giving away or overworking emotions or a sense that there is more in store for the characters. The words stood solidly as presented, carrying that sense of fun and amusement that is contained within all of Carriger’s novels.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Manners & Mutiny
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #4
Also in this series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry
Genre: British, Paranormal, Science Fiction / Steampunk, Teen Reads, Victorian, Young Adult
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Published by: Hachette Audio, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on: 3 November, 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 53 minutes
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If one must flirt...flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.
Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.