Friday, 10 July 2015

Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger

It's one thing to waltz properly.
It's quite another to waltz properly with a bladed fan stitched into one's corset.

Sophronia continues finishing school in style - with a range of deadly defences secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Her fashionable choice of weapons comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap and the charming Lord Felix Mersey hijack a suspiciously empty train to return their chum Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

But when Sophronia discovers they are being trailed by a dirigible of Picklemen and flywaymen, she unearths a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos. With her friends in mortal danger, Sophronia must sacrifice what she holds most dear - her freedom.

Finishing School Series:
(This is a YA series set in the Parasol Protectorate world but set 25 years before the first book)
Etiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Manners & Mutiny

Delightfully Deadly:
(A series of standalone adult novellas set in the Parasol Protectorate world featuring characters you may recognise from the other series, they fit into the timeline between the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate books)
Poison or Protect
Future titles and release dates to be confirmed

Parasol Protectorate Series:
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar (Novella)

Custard Protocol Series:
(This is another adult series set in the Parasol Protectorate world but set several decades after the last book)
Imprudence (2016)

Visit Gail Carriger's website for more information

Whenever I'm in the mood for something light hearted and fun to read I know I can't go wrong with one of the books in Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. These stories are all delightfully whimsical, the characters are great and I can never wait to see what kind of trouble Sophronia finds herself in next. She's definitely not your typical young lady but I mean that in the best possible way and I love how independent she is and the way she's always so determined to find out the truth of what's going on around her.

This story sees Sophronia and her friends go on quite an adventure as they try to help Sidheag return to Scotland to visit her pack. Along with Dimity, Soap and Lord Felix they decide to steal an empty train to get them there quickly but the train wasn't quite a normal train and now they have the Picklemen on their tails. It was great to see the friends working together and I did enjoy seeing them solve the mystery of what was happening on the train but unfortunately this story fell a little flat for me compared to the first two. I think my main issue was how much page time was given to the building love triangle between Sophronia, Soap and Felix. I don't know how many times I've said it but I'm so sick of romantic triangles, seriously, not every single character in the world has to have two men vying for their attention! In this case I was just irritated by Sophronia's inner monologue as she mooned over how gorgeous Felix is and waxed lyrical about how much she had in common with Soap but how she could never be with a sootie.

I have a feeling that we might actually see Sophronia make her decision soon though so I'm really hoping that the romance is resolved early in the next book so we can get straight back into the adventures I read this series for. In case anyone is wondering I'm firmly on team Soap, he is just such a fantastic character and I love the way he's always there for Sophronia. Felix gets on my nerves a bit and I don't like his attitude most of the time. While Waistcoats & Weaponry didn't quite live up to the first two books in my opinion I still think it's a really fun read and I do recommend this series to anyone who wants a light, funny steampunk story.

Source: Purchased

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