This is the third book in the series, I reviewed the previous two books. The first book is ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE, and the second book is CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES.
I'm a total fan girl for Gail Carriger. NO SHAME. NO CARES. SHE ROCKS.
An amazon summary, "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." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
I'm having a classic case of "HURR, THE BOOK WAS SO GOOD, HURRR" and suddenly where did the words. What.
The third book followed the second in the tradition of picking up right where the second book left off. Sophronia immediately leaps to the aid of Sidheag as she deals with family werewolf dramatics as pack climates are shifting.
There's also the ongoing mystery of the science that the supernatural and picklemen are heavily interested. Once more, Sophronia has gotten herself in the midst of a crazy mystery, perfect.
Truly, the amazon summary did a wonderful job of summarizing the book in a non-descriptive fashion that reveals no spoiling plot points.
So I'll leave it at that.
However, I will say that the romance and sassy nature of the story picked up a lot this book. Sophronia became a bit more introspective while retaining a lot of her observational abilities and not becoming too caught up in emotions.
What's even better about the books is that all the characters continue to grow without any noticeable recession. The technologies that come to light become more fascinating, and I truly cannot wait to read the fourth one.
It's also super fun to see how these books shape The Parasol Protectorate series. I've come across a few other authors that have attempted to write books in the past after writing present day stories and none can compare to what Gail Carriger is pulling off.
So in a super roundabout, did not reveal any plot points, I just super loved this book. I'm ready for book 4.