Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Posted on 08/10/2015 in Book Review / 9 Comments

Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail CarrigerWaistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3) by Gail Carriger
on November 4th 2014
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Steampunk, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 298
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.\r\n

What do you get when you cross supernatural creatures, flywaymen, picklemen and teenaged girls being trained for espionage?  AWESOME IS WHAT YOU GET! Carriger continues with kick-ass characters and delves deeper into the psyche of what it means to be a I liked everything about this novel:  Soap gets more sophisticated page time and proves he’s not just a poor boy shoveling coal; Felix Mersey is still pursuing Sophronia, and is quite miffed that he might have competition in the form of Soap, who should just be a boy who helps Sophronia, but isn’t; Dimity continues to be adorable with her love of high fashions and desires to be a kept lady of a house – eventually. This time the kids have gotten themselves in a pickle (sorry for the slight pun):  Lady King Aire has been whisked away to deal with personal tragedy within her pack, only to be dumped back on Sophronia’s family’s doorstep, angry and bitter.  The team (somewhat begrudgingly) pledges to get her back to Scotland where she can make decisions for her family, but along the way are funny mishaps, danger and intrigue. Oh yes, and there is an engagement, too! Waistcoats & Weaponry is super fun and comedic, but it isn’t without its darker moments, like when Sophronia must reconcile her feelings for a black boy and a lord.  Sophronia and team have to make split second judgements in this book, sometimes for the better, others for the worse, and it was fun and interesting to see how they dealt with their repercussions.  Dare I say, they grow up more in this book than the other two, and it was fascinating to ride along for the fun.

Narrator 4-1-1

Moira Quirk is a top fav narrator.  Dare I say she is tied with Khristine Hvam in my opinion!

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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9 responses to “Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

  1. Lauren

    I’m so glad you liked this. I love Soap, and it makes me sad the more his story goes on because as progressive as this society is towards vampires and werewolves, they forgot to talk about their black population. But he’s so great, and he’s so good to Sophronia. . THis one also hit me in the feels because while I didn’t really pay much attention to Lady Kingair in Alexia’s story, knowing how it ends for her….SO MANY FEELPUNCHES. Also meat popsicle is uncomfortable.

    • I haven’t read the other tie-in novels yet, but I’ve wishlisted them all and will be hunting them down. Moira Quirk is such an amazing narrator that I really want to just get them all on audio. The rest of the series sounds so great!\n\nLOL meat popsicle is a term from my favorite movie:\n\n

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