Class is back in session…
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.
Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in theNew York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger. (Gail Carriger’s Website)
Series: Finishing School #3
Genre: Alternate History, Steampunk, Young Adult
Release Date: 4 November, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: barnes & noble
Review Written: 25 September, 2014
Received as an ARC from Netgalley. This book will be released 4 November, 2014.
Everything is fun and games, especially when you live in a world populated by steam-powered gadgets and attend the most prestigeous spy school in all the realm. Having been under careful watch since the whole disaster at the Westminister Hive, Miss Sophronia Temminnick has tried to keep herself out of too much trouble. That, however, can be difficult when you’re being trained to be a rather impeccable intelligence source.
Allowed to take a leave of absence to attend her brother’s engagement masquerade with her best friend Dimity, things look like they might all go according to plan. Sadly, shortly before her friend Sidheag disappears off into the night with the school’s werewolf teacher, and there’s always the unknown position of Lord Mercy haunting her. Still, things are all well… until the mechanicals simply die within her parents house during the ball and of course there’s the matter of Sidheag returning to Scotland to try and hold onto her pack since her grandfather’s deferment to lead the London Pack.
Lots of distractions, a very enhanced train-ride (that eventually turns to takeover), and of course the intrusion of the Picklemen leave Sophronia’s world a bit muddled, especially with Captain Niall being sent to be the Alpha of the Kingair werewolf pack and Sidheag finding herself with a surprising relationship to him. The book leaves a fair number of questions about what the final of the quartet of books will include and whether or not Miss Temminnick will actually finish from finishing school or find herself much obliged to other forces at large.
Once again Miss Carriger gives readers a fast-paced novel that is gripping, enthralling, and all over a good read. Plot-twists, mechanimals, and flying airships aside, I highly recommend reading this third installment of the Finishing School Series and hang on for a spectacular ride.