Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publication: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal
Read: October 2016
Gail Carriger — Goodreads
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 sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!
Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t know what else I can say about these book without starting to sound repetitive, so I’m just not going to try, okay? The plot is action packed and totally entertaining. I was a bit taken back with how it flowed and what ended up happening but it was a good surprise! This story is intense, powerful but definitely a lot of fun. The romance is finally a bigger part of the plot but it doesn’t take away from its charm. The ending was really satisfying though I’m gonna miss this cast.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This author’s writing style is so unique. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. It’s very sarcastic and quirky while still maintaining it’s historical accuracy. In this book in particular, the narration sounds a lot more mature and the pace is medium, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. I’m looking forward to reading all of her books.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THIS CAST! Honestly, this book just made me completely and totally fall in love with every single character that makes up this crazy espionage crew. Sophronia has grown a lot in the course of the series. She’s mature and smart and clever. I love the dedication that she shows in this book in particular. She throws herself into danger in order to save like everyone which just shows how caring, loving and selfless she is. She’s really confident in her abilities but she also works really hard to make sure the evil guys don’t win! While the side characters aren’t as prominent in this book (at least toward the end), I absolutely love all of them. They’re complex, diverse, endearing and interesting. I love the dynamics between them and how much they care about each other. It was great to see how their lives are kind of shaped now after Finishing School and I’m really happy that Carriger is sharing some novellas about the side characters because I definitely wanted to know more.
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