Series: Finishing School
Published by Hachette on 11/2013
Genres: fantasy, middle grade, Steampunk
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
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Also in this series: Etiquette & Espoinage, Manners & Mutiny
Also by this author: Etiquette & Espoinage, Soulless
Sophronia, second year at Miss Geraldine's Finishing Academy, helps Dimity avoid London kidnappers and Vieve 10 attend Bunson boys' school. Someone kills for malfunctioning guidance valves that can control 'aether' atmosphere level. Again, she flirts with 'sootie' coal-worker Soap from the boiler room, and cuts Felix, son of Duke Golborne, at come-out ball. Teacher Captain Niall turns werewolf; vampire Prof Braithwope braves 'tether'; mechanimal Bumbersnoot plays essential role.
I adore this series. It’s fun, and full of intelligent young women.
Sophronia is one of my favorite characters ever. She’s smart, and refuses to accept what she’s been told when events are going amiss. She’s constantly looking for the source of the problems that seem to occur at the finishing school. She also shows that she’s capable of overcoming anything that’s thrown at her.
The mystery of this book was intriguing. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. And we get a peek at some of the characters from Carriger’s adult Parasol Protectorate series. We also get the stirrings of a possible love triangle. I also love that friendship is a big theme in this series. Sophronia can accomplish anything with her friends by her side.