Series: Finishing School, #4
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 3, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 326 pages
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
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!
MANNERS & MUTINY is a wonderfully action packed and fun end to a very unique series. One thing I loved about this book was how it so neatly melds into the Parasol Protectorate series as a precursor to that series' story. I knew there would be a connection obviously with some of the same characters appearing in both series but the way it makes it so you could start with Finishing School and then pick up Parasol Protectorate right away was very cool. Finishing School has been a really fun series and I absolutely loved the setting of a finishing school for espionage. MANNERS & MUTINY neatly wraps up all of the lose ends and gives each beloved character a satisfying ending.
In this book we get to really see the girls use their skills they've learned to bring down the dastardly Picklemen once and for all. Seeing them become experts in the skill of espionage was really fun and I continue to marvel at just how much stuff they can fit into their dresses and other contraptions without looking suspicious. Sophroina really comes into her own throughout the series and becomes a rather competent spy. I wasn't a fan of the love triangle between her, Felix, and Soap. It felt unnecessary and I wouldn't have missed it if it were left completely out of the book.
All told this was a solid, action-packed ending to an at times wonderfully silly series. I am looking forward to what Gail Carriger has in store next. Until then I may re-read the Parasol Protectorate.Series Titles:
- Etiquette & Espionage
- Curtsies & Conspiracies
- Waistcoats & Weaponry