Monday, April 27, 2015
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Info: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, copyright 2014, 298 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Never take Sophronia to a party...it doesn't end well.
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 a train to return classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspects what or who would be aboard the suspiciously empty train.
The adventure continues! First, the cover is just as beautiful as the first two, but now our sophisticated special agent is wielding a pretty awesome, and deadly, fan. That's kind of why I love this series just to jump right into it :) Carriger might be writing about a time that limited a woman, but she has created a cast of characters that defy social dynamics, strong, independent women who who save themselves instead of waiting around for someone else to do the dirty work. And this doesn't mean that you lose your femininity. You can be a woman and kick butt at the same time.
The story starts off with Sophronia dangling from the side of the floating school, Sidheag beside herself with grief, Soap revealing a whopper of a secret, and Dimity still fainting at the sight of blood. So, yeah, Carriger doesn't waste any time getting the action going. Nor does she shy away from a pretty great cliffhanger...which I won't tell you because that would be mean.
There's more supernatural creatures, more agent-y intrigue, cool gadgets, girls thinking on their toes, dashing boys that sometimes get in the way, and a new conspiracy afoot. More fun that you should definitely read. The audiobook, by the way, is as wonderful as ever. Even though I got the hardback for Christmas, I still decided to wait until I could get my hands on the audiobook since that's how I had tackled the first two. Moira Quirk excels at voices and has one of the best accents I've listened to in the format.
If you love the Steampunk feel, a dash of the paranormal, and strong, confident female characters, this doesn't disappoint.