Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry

by Gail Carriger

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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 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.

Gather your poison, your 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 the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series by steampunk author Gail Carriger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478984702
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life, acquired several degrees in Higher Learning, then traveled the historic cities of Europe. She resides in the Colonies where she insists on tea imported from London.

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Waistcoats & Weaponry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Waistcoats and Weaponry” is the latest in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, and it is by far my favorite thus far. The book begins with Sophronia’s second year at her finishing school for espionage.  Many things have changed, not the least of which being the challenges that come with being older.  Young men, potential sponsors, marriage, and prospective employment keep Sophronia on her toes. As with the Harry Potter series, the topics explored in “Waistcoats and Weaponry” are geared toward a bit older set than the previous two of the series.  While it is still suitable for middle readers, it should be noted that there is quite a bit more dealing with sex, though nothing is graphic.  It also delves much more deeply into the matters of politics and the supernatural. The adventure is darker, but still keeps the humor and detail that makes the series  so enjoyable.  I highly recommend “Waistcoats and Weaponry” to all of those who enjoy the first two of the Finishing School Series. This review is based on an advanced copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read 1-3 and Im ready to take on the fourth. Interesting and envolved. No matter where you are in the book you are always unearthing clues.
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teriannesis More than 1 year ago
As an adult I am slightly older (ok way older) than the target audience for this series. However I really enjoyed it. In it we meet older characters and discover new ones and find out a little more of the backstory of the Scottish wolf pack. As well as hints of Sophronia's future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It's long but not too long, and there's a lot of good action. There NEEDS to be another book, though- it's not a cliffhanger, but there's a lot more that needs to be said. (Or READ!) Note that this is the third in a series- the first is Ettiquite & Espionage, and the second is Curtsies & Conspiracies. I encourage you to get this book- but only if you've read the other two! ;)
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  Okay, y'all. With the first two books in the Finishing School series, I was already sold. But Waistcoats & Weaponry absolutely just blew me away. It was so amazing. I didn't think it could get any better, but Gail Carriger has proved me wrong! ***Spoiler Warning***   Oh my goodness. The train was such an adventure! I loved seeing everyone work together. All along I've been Team Soap, so I was so glad to see that he wound up in this book in the way that he did. Sophornia and Soap are my OTP, and the ending of this book had me on tense with tears in my eyes. I cannot believe Soap got turned! It was a crazy twist that I didn't see coming, but I loved! The dynamic will surely shift between Sophornia and Soap now, and I can't wait to see how things go from here!   I am without a doubt addicted to these books. There is so much going for this series. The wit, the personalities, just everything! I'm already ready for book four to be in my hands. Finishing School is one of those series that you miss as soon as you finish the last page and immediately start going crazy to get the next book. I have so much love for it. I don't care what genres you usually read; branch out and read Finishing School. It's a MUST! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Lovethesky More than 1 year ago
This is book 3/3 and it does not disappoint. You do need to read book1 first so you know the back-story, but you'll love it if you are a fan of either of her other books. Steampunk adventure at its finest. Buy it now! (Get all 3) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
However, i did shead a few tears at the end But i am still happy!
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This was the third book in the series and it was another awesome book from one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to see what happens next. 
book4children More than 1 year ago
I am hopelessly hooked on this series. It's so fun and exciting! This book picks up nearly a year after the last one ended, and the characters are more mature, the stakes are higher, and choices have lasting consequences. This is the first book that doesn't spend the majority of the time on the ship. Sidheag gets some terrible news and disappears for a while, only to show up again and request Sophronia's help. Of course, Sophronia jumps at the chance. So does Dimity, and Soap, and Felix. The five of them make a wonderful team, stealing modes of transportation, interrupting diabolical schemes, and generally wreaking havoc everywhere. The plot was fast paced and unpredictable. Nothing went the way I thought it might, and Sophronia surprised me again and again. The ending was both happy and sad for me. Some characters got what they wanted, but I will have to wait for the next book to find out about the others. Lines were drawn, allegiances tested, and Sophronia was finally forced to make some tough decisions. Old characters showed up and we were introduced to a couple of new ones. The ending was more emotional and serious than I expected it to be, and it left me anxious for the next book. I almost wish I had waited until they were all out before I read them so I didn't have to wait a year for the next one! In the meantime, though, I plan on reading Gail's Parasol Protectorate series, so I have that to look forward to. Content: Some rude humor and some innuendo, but this is a pretty clean series. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Carmeela8 More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that I waited impatiently for this book's release and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I now have to wait for #4 which, as yet, does not have a publishing date. Start with Book #1 - Etiquette and Espionage. Ms. Carriger creates a wonderful steampunk world. The intriguing combination of genteel, Victorian mannerisms blended with steam technology, political intrigue and independent-minded, debutante assassins!
jmellby More than 1 year ago
The last of the finishing school series. It wrapped things up better than I had expected and I enjoyed it greatly. Now. Barnes & Noble service. When I preorder from Amazon the book is shipped so it arrives the day of release. I expected that B&N would be insane to do any less. Imagine my surprise when this was "shipped" at the end of the release day. Except it really was not shipped on the release day, it got to the shipper the following day. So "expedited shipping" go to me three days late. Way to lose a customer B&N!
gaele More than 1 year ago
A fun series wraps up with the final installment from Gail Carriger.  In earlier reviews I have mentioned the wordplay, the clever insets of characters from all walks of life: robots, vampires, werewolves, and the never-ending action that keeps you on your toes. This book brings all of that and more: Sophronia and her raggle-taggle group of fellow student and friends are embroiled in even MORE action and adventure, and the consequences are greater. And the girls, in their final year of finishing school have mastered the arts of gracious living as well as the additional skills of detection, spying, fighting and extricating themselves from sticky situations.  In the last book, I felt that the plot was a bit lost and more focus was to humor and strange point of view changes that I found jarring. Too much tell and not enough show, and long passages of narration took some getting used to and the brightness of the story dimmed somewhat.  I found the story felt ‘geared’ to a younger reader, rather than carrying forward the intelligent and solid storytelling in the first book.  I am thrilled to say that the brightness and joy in the story and the action has returned, with plenty of imagery and solidification of characters bringing the unique tone and flavor back again.  There are two major subplots here: Sidheag pairing with the Werewolves of Scotland and the Transmitter / Pickleman plot.  By far in a way, the gang hijacking a train to accompany Sidheag as she joins the pack to sort out the hierarchy in the werewolf society. Of course – these things never go as smoothly as planned, and we have more hijinks and political intrigue to worry about.   There is still the Pickleman issue, and we have the added fun of stolen airships, a ball, a tussle with Sophronia and Monique and a few other tidbits that just bring more fun to the story. Teachers are as wild and hoydenish as the girls in this story – and it adds a level of humor and sparkle to a story that is already shining.  Yes, there is romance in among the adventure: Sophronia is taking a closer look at her relationship with Soap and with Felix Mercy, and she is trying to sort out just WHAT she thinks and feels for them both. Neither, at this point, is a particularly compelling match; both having their own issues with arrogance, deceit, and honesty.  Finally Sidheag starts a tentative journey to her own romance with werewolf Niall, and the development of the characters in every element of the story is solidifying and presenting a solid picture.   Planned as a three part story (I do believe) this book is full of adventure and fun, and there is still room to grow and add more adventures. In fact, there is a feel that more could still come – and I certainly do hope this is not the end of the Finishing School stories.  I received an eBook copy of the title from NetGalley from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The latest volume in Carriger's Finishing School series is exciting, with a touch of romance. It ties in neatly to events alluded to in The Parasol Protectorate series (although it is not necessary to have read them). I can't wait to see what happens next with Sophronia, Dimity, and Soap -- and Bumbersnoot. -- lyradora
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
When I'm reading a really good book, I want to race though it, but I take out to make it last longer. When I'm reading an exceptional book, time-outs be damned! I'm reading this through ASPS! Gail Carriger's books qualify as the exceptional. She has a great sense of humor, style, and history. Characters are great fun and engaging. So, what more can I say? Read it. All of them.
mllebrit More than 1 year ago
tl;dr - |¿¿¿¿½| OH MY GOODNESS! Gail Carriger, you are an absolute treasure. This book was WONDERFUL! So much fun, well written (as per usual!), and I really enjoyed the story.  **I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** Description (from Goodreads) 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. First off - when I was actually approved for this ARC from NetGalley, this was my reaction:  I was so surprised. And SO excited! I love the first two books, and knew that requesting the book on NetGalley couldn't hurt. So, starting this book you jump into the middle of the school year and Saphronia and the girls dealing with the repercussions of some things that happened in previous books.  But they don't stay at the school for too long, however. Saphronia's older brother is getting married so the girls are off to a ball in celebration of his engagement. The majority of this book does take place away from the school, which was fine. But I do so enjoy their shenanigans on the ship. I also understand how it would be a little too... redundant to have them on the dirigible again, and this story definitely needed to be told away from the school.  We also see some things happening that tie in to the Parasol Protectorate series - and if you've read them you'll know instantly whats going on. If you haven't, you'll be just fine reading it - there won't be any confusion, just a it of mystery. Along the way of these events, the girls stumble upon a more sinister plot. While helping Sidheag, Saphronia can't help but follow up on her curiosity and suspicions.  We do, of course, have both Soap and Lord Mersey vying for Saphronia's affection. I personally, love Felix. I really just can't get enough of him, of his character. I like Soap just fine as a character, but for whatever reason I just don't feel any real chemistry between the two of them, and I just can't see them as a good pairing. As much as I usually hate love triangles, Ms. Carriger does write this one pretty well. It doesn't leave me feeling annoyed and infuriated, and while Saphronia does dwell over the two boys quite a lot during this book... it never felt like it was detracting from the story to me. That being said, events take place. There were some great moments, some surprises, and some really fantastic flirtations.  So yes. This book was ABSOLUTELY wonderful to read. I loved it. I had so much fun reading it, and was most definitely not disappointed! I cannot wait for the next book, but I also don't ever want this series to end! Its just so much fun! But on one last note: I most definitely did miss Vive in this book. Sorry to say she doesn't make an appearance, though thats not much of a surprise since book 2 ends with her going off to Bunson's school for evil geniuses. Anyways, a must read for fans of Gail Carriger's work. 
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AnnieWAW More than 1 year ago
Loved this addition to the series.  Can't wait for the next addition.