Title: Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)
Author: Gail Carriger
Synopsis: When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London…but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!
Huge thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada and Netgalley for this ARC!
It pains me to see that this series is over. Gail Carriger is one of my favourite authors and she always writes these unforgettable, crazy bunch of characters who get under your skin and stay a part of you. That’s how I felt about Sophronia and her friends.
Once more, I think of all four books and this one made me laugh the hardest at times. While it didn’t feature much of my favourite character (Sidheag), the focus on Agatha, who has been quite the allure this whole series, was fantastic. I loved how Carriger wrapped up the mystery of her character in particular, and I’m always happy to see when there’s more to a grumpy character.
This was also probably the most intense and action oriented of the four novels, and with good reason when you hit the ending. Unlike the other three books, the majority of the action in this book is far more serious than comedic (though that isn’t entirely true). There’s so much humour in these characters, and I love the wit and cheekiness of them. It’s hard to let them go.
The action, the etiquette, the zaniness! There’s just so much this series embodies, and I thought that Carriger did a great job bringing this world to a close. While I’m sad it’s all over, I’m excited to see where things go with this universe now that Prudence is an adult. While I’m having a hard time letting these characters go, I won’t forget the mayhem they caused, and the joy they gave me as a reader.