Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School, #3
Released: November 4th 2014
Publisher: Atom
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Sophronia continues second year finishing school in style -- with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown. She, best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and charming Lord Felix Mersey stow away on train to return classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspects what or who would be aboard the suspiciously empty train.
Fortunately for us, Gail Carriger’s sense of humor seems to be as strong and sharp as ever as she keeps providing us with endless entertainment in this well-developed world. Waltzing with a bladed fan and using longing looks to seduce unsuspecting young evil geniuses are just some of the things our Sophronia has become quite skilled at in her years at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

The cast of characters is still as colorful as ever, although it sometimes borders on ridiculous. I’ve come to adore Sophronia and her friends, as well as her professors at the Finishing Academy, but her family was just a bit too much. At one point, Sophronia’s mother tried to marry her off to 14-year-old Pillover, and her slightly older sister Petunia was just ridiculously stupid and vain.

We learn more about Sidheag in this installment since the main plotline focuses mostly on the troubles of her pack in Scotland. Sidheag is quite possibly the only serious, dignified character in this series which makes her all the more interesting. We know some of this story from the Parasol Protectorate series, but it was interesting to see it all from a different perspective.

For a smart girl, Sophronia is still quite clueless when it comes to matters of the heart. The odd love triangle she has found herself in takes up a large portion of the book, but nothing about it is satisfactory or even handled correctly. Torn between a Duke’s (and Pickleman’s!) son and a sootie (even one as wonderful and loyal as Soap), Sophronia is oftentimes annoyingly oblivious. She has a tendency to stick her head in the sand when it suits her and instead of being endearing like it was at first, I found it all to be very exasperating.

Waistcoats & Weaponry isn’t quite as good as the previous book, but it’s a worthy addition to the series. I’ll be happy to join Sophronia on her next adventure and I have faith that Carriger will find a way to make everything work in the romance department, no matter how impossible it may seem.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I have been quite curious about this series so far because steampunk and finishing school sounds like a most interesting mix! I think I'll wait until the love triangle gets resolved before deciding if I want to start the series or not!
    Great review Maja!

  2. While this does sound like a very fun series, the love triangle part is putting me off. Especially if it's not even well handled. I'm glad you liked this one though overall.
    Lovely review, Maja!

  3. This was by far my favorite so far in the series and even though there is a love triangle, it honestly isn't bad at all, or at least I didn't think it was.
    I am so glad you are liking this series as well Maja!

  4. The colorful cast sounds wonderful, I need to start this series

  5. I have the first two books of this series and I've loved and enjoyed all of her other series before. So I will definitely be reading/starting this series, this year! I love the vintage look of the covers too! Great review, Maja! :)

  6. Hmmm I am not happy to hear there is a love triangle. Why can't those go away? I still haven't decided whether to read this series or not....

  7. I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy this story despite some annoying characters and a love triangle! I haven't yet read anything by Carriger before but I think that I would really enjoy this series as I really do enjoy humorous reads. Fab review Maja!

  8. I love the humor in this book and I am not bothered about its ridiculousness. I actually thought her mother marrying Sophronia off to Pillover was funny. Learning about Sidheag was interesting considering what we already know from PP. The love triangle didn't really bother me because I don't really think there is one.

  9. I still haven't read the second book, so I have some catching up to do. I do agree that Gail's books sometimes are slightly ridiculous but so far it hasn't gone too far for me (though this one might push it a little close).

  10. Sorry you didn't LOVE this one, but it seems like you enjoyed it overall. I own the first book in this series- I need to read it soon.

  11. Since book 1 was meh, this is not for me, but I do want her new series

  12. I'm so glad you've stuck to this author and continue to love her work. I haven't even finished her adult Parasol Protectorate Series, so I doubt I'll be making it to these books anytime soon. Still, your love for these books means I definitely need to pick them up. Lovely review, Maja!(:

  13. I just bought the first book in this series and I'm glad that you gave this one a four, even if it wasn't as good as the previous one. I hope I like this series!

  14. I've been curious about this series but I think I'll put it off until the last book comes out.

    The love triangle puts me off since I am not a fan of them for starters but what more the fact that it takes over an entire book, and the third book to be more specific makes me feel like I'd be better off waiting for the last book to come out so I could binge read the series.

    I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one as much as you did it's predecessor but I am glad to hear you thought it was a worthy addition to the series.

    Lovely review, Maja!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  15. I need to read these books or at least try them. They sound so fun! Not sure about the love triangle though.

  16. Ack. no love triangle. I can't.

  17. What is wrong with me. I have a boxed set of her books and this author has been on my to read list way to long. Great review Maja!

  18. I just love this series and basically, Carriger as a writer. I agree, this wasn't the strongest book in series, but it gave me a taste of the world I've come to love. :)


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