The Compulsive Reader: Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Friday, February 26, 2016

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Oh, the final Finishing School book at last! It's such a bittersweet feeling. I adore Sophronia, and I want to keep reading about her, but I was also so excited to see how Carriger would wrap up the series.

With a very tremendous bang, that's how.

Life at Madame Geraldine's has been ever so dull since Soap, the sootie sweet on Sophronia, became a werewolf and took up residency on land. But that doesn't mean Sophronia hasn't been ever-vigilant...she suspects the Picklemen of a very large-scale plot to take over the school for its incredible technology. Unfortunately for her, no one believes it. But when the social event of the year goes terribly awry, Sophronia is ready to put all of her hard-learned skills to the test.

Like all of Gail Carriger's books, Manners & Mutiny is stuffed with hilarity, daring plots, ingenious twists, and proper manners. This final book moves quite quickly as Carriger wraps up all of the burning questions the series raises and Sophronia cleverly acts to save the flying airship. There are twists and turns and dangerous encounters, unlikely alliances, and a fair number of explosions. But also romance! Since the romantic elements have been light in the past three books, it was easy to forget how well Carriger can write sweet and sexy scenes between two characters with excellent chemistry, and she puts those skills to work in this final installment!

Carriger also gives Sophronia's mission emotional depth as she must grapple with whom to trust amidst an ever shifting landscape of politics and personal loyalties, and put her faith in precisely the right people in order to save the British Empire. It's the sort of high-stakes, action-packed ending where (almost) all is finally revealed and of course Sophronia saves the day is spectacular fashion. Carriger also cleverly sets up readers for the next adventures in her world--the Parasol Protectorate--with a few (more) delightful cameos from the Alexia novels.

A friend recently asked for recommendations for "brain candy" books, and I immediately thought of the Finishing School series. There's nothing quite as sweet and fun, but just as likely to pack a very large punch, as a good Gail Carriger novel, and this book finished off the series perfectly.

Book received as a gift.

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