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Of course, the vampires have their hands firmly entrenched in any facet that may bring the more affluence, power and typically in the know. However, it is gathered that not all of the wards of the school are there of their own volition and some are there to only be kicked out.

While some show a natural aptitude, others are quite useless — as many society women were for the age. This leads me to discuss our main character, Sophronia. She is showing remarkable skills of what I would consider a good intelligencer would have, including crafty, quick on her feet, resourceful and dogmatic.

I enjoy that she puts others before herself, including her ridiculous friends Dimity, Vieve, etc. However, she is likely the most self aware of the hodgepodge of peers. She is always thinking, always attempting to protect others, whether it be their person or their heart. This is evidenced by watching out for Dimity despite being at odds over their evaluations. It is also evident in her treatment of would be suitor, great friend of Soap.

She understands the differences in their stations and the taboo it would be for them to become more than friends, but she is appreciative of his friendship, loyalty and general good-guy tendencies. However, on the other end of the spectrum we have Lord Felix Mersey, who she is also attracted to but not willing to take that step. It is on that note that I shall make a comparison to a series I read previously, that featured one inept, but highly touted character by the name of Rachel Morgan. Unlike a certain Rachel Morgan, at least Sophronia can temper her base desires with practical matters to focus on her craft, protecting her friends with the occasional musing of the opposite sex.

She asks for help when she needs to versus whining about how the world is so unfair. In fact, she does her best to be as pragmatic as possible. I enjoyed her scrappiness, her resourcefulness, dogged determination and her antics. The girl is as dim as you can get. Again, unaware, self-absorbed and useless. I, personally would have left her with the Westminster Hive, because she is utterly useless and annoying. Moving on to an equally annoying character and one of the primary antagonists in the novel: Monique. I quite pictured Nellie from Little House on the Prairie except more attractive.

However, she proves even more unscrupulous in her dealings in trying to get ahead in the world. She would think herself clever but anyone with half a brain could see she is almost as dense as dear Dimity. However, in needing someone to be consistently abhorrent the author hit the mark with Monique. I was hoping to see more with Sighead. I found her capable, even if uninterested in what she was doing at the school. Her affiliation with the werewolves of Scotland shows that she is a young lady of strength.

However, we do not get very much on Sighead and I, for one, would have rather seen more action with her and Sophronia. I find Sidheag to be headstrong, but willing to lend a hand as needed. I am curious as to her true relationship with Captain Niall but not enough to read the follow up installment. In addition, other than Pillover being the youngest member of the Bunson contingency, he is also the equally useless younger brother to Dimity. In retrospect, I find myself chuckling quite a bit through the book at situations or sayings. However, there is nothing about the book that makes me say it is a great read.

The author came up with some cute, albeit over the top concepts. There were a few character introductions that made me chuckle a wee bit more. However, all in all, I am not inclined to read the preceding books or those that may follow. Again, I give her kudos for allowing the main character to have a fleeting interest in males in the novel Soap and Felix and just that, a fleeting interest. Sophronia is clearly more professional in her young years than Rachel Morgan at In the midst of characters that could be perceived as weak, Sophronia shines in a way that could be tolerable as a heroine.

This is a fairly easy read if you have time which is a precious commodity to me these days. As has already been mentioned, this book and series is headed by a willful, intelligent, independent young lady of means and some small family connections. This story — like her others — is really rather clever, and the language, character names, and gadgets are all well-written, witty, and highly detailed. Many gentlemen were unable to cope with abundant chatter, which is why they so often married it.

Carriger tells a witty tale, and the characters go on a series of jolly romps around the skies and streets of London, but the story really just seems to be happening around us.

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Each book is not a stand-alone. You could probably figure out the missing bits, but you will want to start with the first for the complete …more Yes. You could probably figure out the missing bits, but you will want to start with the first for the complete picture. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 04, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: uk , mystery , middle-school , boarding-school , cozy-mystery , victorian , mary-sue , ya , siblings , shits-and-giggles.

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If ever there was an enjoyable book featuring a Mary Sue of a heroine, this is it. Despite my rating, I liked reading this book, because it was a funny, quick, fast, very light read. My main problem: that's just it. There is absolutely zero complexity in the book, it was funny, but there was absolutely nothing more to it. It is completely devoid of substance with an utterly convoluted plot. And really, was there a need to include a love triangle when the main character in the book is all of 15 years old.

Was it necessary to make her so completely perfect, so utterly capable, so tremendously intelligent, so flawlessly absorbing, particularly to the male sex? These things combined to make her particularly appealing to gentlemen. Fifteen years old, ladies and gentlemen. Our main character is fifteen years old, with the unconscious seduction of a young Lolita.

With the brilliant analytical skills of a young Holmes. With the philosophical brain of Archimedes. I liked Sophronia, despite her blind perfection, but she could have been so much more. My enjoyment of the book is impeded partially by the lack of complexity and the absence of any sort of depth within this book's characters, be they main characters or part of the side cast. I can't give you a summary for this book because I'm not quite sure what I just read. My brain's just not quite that far-reaching yet. No summary. Half an hour after reading it, I remember absolutely nothing about it, and I can't even tell you what the hell the main plot was.

I don't know what the mystery is, neither do I know how the plot was resolved. I had a lot of fun reading it, it was tremendously humorous. But that's it. I don't know what I just read beyond the humor, beyond the whimsical characters and the funny little steampunk world in which our book is set. I can't tell you what the book is about, what the big spy-related plot is, but I can tell you that Monique is a bitch. That Dimity is in love with Lord Dingleproops. That Vieve is a year old girl who likes to dress as a boy.

That there is a love triangle, in which the sootie Soap and the supercilious Lord Felix are both in love with our Queen of the Mary Sues I like her, but there is absolutely no denying that she is a Mary Sue Sophronia. I can tell you that Sophronia carries around a little dog-thing Bumbersnoot as a purse. Those minute details, I can tell you. Those minute details, I remember. Just not the central plot itself. I'm dead fucking serious. There are a lot of good things about this book. I said it was a quick read and a very amusing one, and it really was.

The writing is awesome; it is funny, it is flippant, it doesn't take itself seriously at all. I laughed more than once. Dimity was so pretty and chattery, she quite overpowered the average male. Many gentlemen were unable to cope with abundant chatter, which is why they so often married it. It is absolutely amusing, the book is rampant with silliness.

The characters are a parody of British high society, complete with utterly ludicrous names, like the previously mentioned Lord Dingleproops, Professor Shrimpdittle, or else absurdly apostrophed names, like Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott. The steampunk setting can best be described as "twee. We have whoozits and whatzits galore. Odd little thingamabobs, a steam-powered toy puppy. An "electrosplit goopslimer port.

Airships and dirigibles.

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Steam-puffing mechanical objects. It is all terrifyingly, delightfully cute. The school setting itself was pretty awesome, and I wished there were more insights and lessons for me to learn within the incredibly interesting-sounding classes. Seriously, where were these classes when I was still in school. We have classes on "drawing room music and subversive petit fours," "Hive and pack dynamics as part of the modern aristocratic system," "rapid walking in full skirts," "tea and delusions," "portion allotment, puddings, and preemptive poisonings.

The discussion evolved to the interesting question of whether a gentleman could tattoo a secret message upon his chin, then grow out his beard, thus transporting said message into enemy territory with no one the wiser. Would a man want a message permanently upon his chin? That was the quandary. And could one legitimately ascribe nefarious intent to any many with a full beard as a result? Me too, Dimity.

Me, too. View all 37 comments. Feb 08, Galateea rated it it was amazing Shelves: steampunk. I kinda liked the "rake-in-training" from the other school. He was an intriguing character and I don't know why, it looked to me like Sophronia wasn't too oblivious to his charms the descriptions from her point of view kinda imply that she thought he wasn't too bad big underestimation here, girls. Hopefully we'll see in this book how it goes. And besides, I don't think anybody would be too happy if Sophronia ends up with Soap. Her family is obviously rich, the school she attends obviously has different marriage plans for its students - all who graduated apparently married rich or important people - and it would obviously be hard for them to be together we are considering the era here since again obviously the differences between classes is very important as it usually is with epic steampunk books.

O verdict:loved it! And we find out the rake-in-training's name! Gosh, i love the name. They finally spend some time together in this book, but not nearly as much as i would have liked. A new conspiracy pops up and of course it's up to Sophronia to make everything work and save the day and her friends, while she's at it , while of course being careful with her petticoats and not being found out by the teachers.

Vampires are involved, kidnapping too, a flash meeting with a charming blond vampire, more of the handsome werewolf teacher and some flashy experiments. Long thing short, anything you would want from a steampunk novel. Plus a few lessons in espionage. So 5 stars from me since it was worth the wait.

Now, i do get it this is kind of young adult, but i wasn't expecting a full on ten page sex scene in a flying school. But Felix is more than interested in her; the poor boy - devilish rake with a charming smile - even asked to court her. He is obviously so into her he would need help to snap out of his fascination. Another slightly annoying thing was that towards the end of the book, Sophronia's feelings towards Soap had slightly slid from pure friendship to I loved everything about this book, except perhaps for Sophronia's hesitation regarding Felix and Soap. One moment she was trying to discourage Felix by invoking reasons even she didn't believe, the next she was flirting with him and liking it while at the same time scrounging up reasons why this was not good.

Mixed feelings, girl, i get it, but not this mixed. Cut the poor boy some slack. And Soap? Soap is nice and reliable and funny, but i can't seem to imagine him anything more than a very good friend, despite his spontaneous bouts of jealousy concerning Felix and his attachment to Sophronia. Even she admitted Soap was nothing more than a friend despite some spontaneous thought about how nice he is Well, fun ending with Monique. Well, she doesn't get that ending, but at least she might be out of the picture. Oh boy, i think that's enough spoiler material for now. My advice?

Go get the book, fellow readers and steampunk fans especially if you read the first novel of the series:D it's well worth the money and the time. View all 17 comments. Feb 16, Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , , young-adult. This remains a bizarrely entertaining series. Sidheag has become my favorite character, besides Soap and Bumbersnoot.

Quite a bit more action in this installment, and it's nice to know that view spoiler [Monique won't be back at school in the next book hide spoiler ]. I got a bit lost near the end, when Sophronia and Sidheag went to retrieve Dimity and Pillover, but things got back on track without too much trouble. Still a This remains a bizarrely entertaining series. Still a good story though.

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And Sophronia seems just as much a Mary-Sue in this book as she did in the last one. Why doesn't that bother me? Probably has something to do with the amusing writing and the steampunk-ness. View 2 comments. There's something about Gail Carriger's steampunk world that I can't get enough of. In fact, it's not just something. It's everything. I freaking love it all. With each book I fall even more in love.

I loved finding out even more about the characters I love. And that was a fantastic introduction to Lord Akeldama, the only thing this serious had been missing was that crazy teapot. It would appear that Gail Carriger gets even more bold and hilarious with each new book she writes. As a non native speaker, I get to learn so many phrases and expressions, most of them outdated, but endlessly entertaining.

In terms of language use in steampunk, Gail It would appear that Gail Carriger gets even more bold and hilarious with each new book she writes. In terms of language use in steampunk, Gail Carriger is, I dare say, the best. It is impossible not to admire Sophronia for her ability to keep a tight rein on so many things at once. She was always a step ahead of everyone else, even when her peers resented her for it. A slight love triangle is forming around Sophronia. The unsuitable boy we all know and love is still very much a part of her everyday life, but another boy has entered the picture as well, one of much higher social standing.

Sophronia had no idea why Felix was so intent upon her. She had not yet received lessons in seduction, or she might have understood the appeal of sharp confidence, a topping figure, and green eyes. Soap could have told her that. Carriger continues to ridicule high society, their endless rules and norms, things they find offensive and embarrassing. It is a constant source of humor with sharp and intelligent criticism underneath. In this too, she is unparalleled. The third book is titled Waistcoats and Weaponry and scheduled for release in View all 3 comments.

Another fun instalment of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger! I don't care, though, they are just so fun to Another fun instalment of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger! I don't care, though, they are just so fun to listen to Moira Quirk does a wonderful job narrating these by the way , this is kind of a "feel good series" for me now, and I'm looking forward to part 3. View all 8 comments. Mar 02, Natasha? I am in love this this series covers! I mean LOOK! They are just Oct 11, Hayat rated it really liked it Shelves: humour-galore , heroine-i-adore , audiobooks , historical-fiction , werewolf , ya , vampire , steampunk , coverlicious-books.

View all 4 comments. Jul 01, K. Trigger warnings: blood, violence, blackmail.

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Soap is too pure for this world and I want to wrap him in blankets and protect him forever. It took me a while to get back into the world and the characters, but goodness I love them so much. Sophronia is adorably naive about her two love interests while also being incredibly savvy about everything else that's going on. Soap is a complete cinnamon roll and I ship the he Trigger warnings: blood, violence, blackmail. Soap is a complete cinnamon roll and I ship the hell out of it.

Add in a cameo from a certain foppish vampire and you've got yourself one hell of a good time. That aside, I really enjoyed this. The introduction of characters from Bunson was a lot of fun, and the discovery of which characters are serving as drones to the school's vampire professor was pretty fabulous. The ending seemed a little rushed, and the introduction of a maybe-love-triangle had me ever so slightly annoyed at least Sophronia is somewhat oblivious about her feelings towards both of them??

But on the whole, it was pretty damned fabulous. Especially with the introduction of more characters that we know and love from the Parasol Protectorate series! View all 5 comments. Oct 26, Maria V. Snyder rated it it was amazing. Book 2 of a new series by Gail Carriger. I've downloaded the audio book and listened to this on my road trip to North Carolina. I love Gail's books - they are funny and smart and quirky, and the characters are proactive and intelligent and willing to do what it takes to help their friends. I loved the inclusion of a few characters from her Parasol Protectorate series, who I miss!

The actress who reads these books is perfect. I can't read one of Gail's books because I'm not as good as the reader Book 2 of a new series by Gail Carriger. I can't read one of Gail's books because I'm not as good as the reader and it seems flat! I've a number of series now that I'll only listen to :. Oct 29, Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed-by-michelle. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales. A wonderful and riveting sequel. From vampires, to aether technology, and a conspiracy well worth conspiring about, Carriger has hooked me again.

This book has captivated me from the first few pages until the very end. Carriger ha Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales. While one would originally think that it is a school for lessons in proper etiquette and manners, but alas they are training her to become a spy! From the looks of things, this conspiracy is of catastrophic proportions!

A sudden field trip, a stolen device, and a traitor amongst the midst is the perfect recipe of a conspiracy! Of course, Sophronia must rely on everything she has learned to solve the mystery. But how much danger will she find herself in? I feel that she has grown a little more mature, but still containing that wicked gleam in her eye.

I enjoyed reading her voice. Vieve, the sootie that Sophronia became close friends with, has a more defined role this time. I love stories that are set in historical times, and to add a paranormal element is even better. Carriger has always described her settings in a way that plays like a movie in my mind. Her descriptions are very detailed and vibrant. But the part that impresses me the most is that most of this story takes place aboard the ship. Notable Scene: Sophronia could feel her shoulders tensing and fought to keep them down. Were my choices correct?

Do they want the expected route, or is it better if I did something out of the ordinary? Will they send me down? Now she dreaded the possibility of returning home to her former life. You will receive your final marks in front of your peers. This explained the pale faces of the other girls — anticipated trauma. May 14, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-and-ya , fantasy , steampunk. Like the first book, this YA book set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate is a fun romp with slightly less sex talk than the Parasol Protectorate books.

Nor is she gracefully immune to everything the other girls say or think — she can be hurt by them, and do them injustices. Originally posted here. Oct 03, Simon Brading rated it really liked it.