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Manners & Mutiny

(Finishing School #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  14,615 ratings  ·  1,726 reviews
If one must flirt...flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing i
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Maria V. Snyder
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is the last book! SOB! I loved this series. I've listened to all four on audio - the narrator, Moira Quirk is fantastic and she has read all of Gail Carriger's audio books - well, all the ones I've listened to - Finishing School and the Parasol protectorate series (and the Prudence series, of which I listened to the first book).

The books are just plain fun and they're set in the generation before Alexia and her Parasol. I had a long drive to upstate New York and home, and th
Lindsey Rey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]

Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2015
[5 Stars] Loved it. Can't say it was entirely perfect, but I love everything Gail Carriger writes. Can't wait to read what she has in store for us next! ...more

The prequel series has mostly been a let down, it has none of the charm and humour and adventure as the The Parasol Protectorate books. The best thing about the series has been the great friendships and some of the secondary characters. The overarching plot on the other hand has had very few points of interest, the whole picklemen thing was too silly and boring for words. Worst of all Sophronia was an unlikeable dry bore, she had no spark whatsoever. It didn't help that she was paired wi
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
One of the best endings to a series I've ever read, I think. The ending is so perfect it makes me cry every time. ...more
Megan Andrews
Apr 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Can there please be more Felix Mercey action! I do not fancy Soap all that much!!!
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

The 4th and final book in the Finishing School series. YA historical steampunk. Should be read as part of the series.

Sophronia’s lessons and adventures continue at the disguised finishing school. Until things turn very real and she’s put to the test of her espionage skills.

Amazing and adventurous. Easy reading and fun. Loved this series so much.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, albeit knowing without a doubt that this wonderful author will give us so much more to enjoy.

It was very easy to fall in love with these characters and their quirks yet again. Each of them is a small work of art, an unforgettable combination of oddities and personality traits. Sophoronia in particular is very easy to love, and so very competent to boot! I loved her in this book more than I ever loved her
An absolutely topping ending to a fantastic series. Plus, this installment gives us insights to many characters introduced in her Parasol Protectorate series, which is delightful. All in all, one of the best books I've read this year.


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Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Rating: ⭐⭐
Genre: Fantasy + Young Adult

I don’t know what to say about this series. I was not impressed by the first two books. The third was not good and this finale did nothing. I still don’t understand the purpose of this series’ existence. Everything seemed so shallow to me. I liked the idea of a school on an airship with the presence of vampires and werewolves. But all that was built superficially. The series has ended and still, we didn’t get a clear purpose of why a school like this existed
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, steampunk
Around 3.5 stars.

This was a good conclusion to the series.

Contrary to the previous installments, the plot actually made sense, and Sophronia isn't super special and doesn't save the day on her own.

It was almost sensible!

However it also means that I found it less fun, we still have tons of gadgets and gizmos, and whozits and whatzits galore. But the silliness that characterized this series in the beginning seems to ebb.

The romance plot also comes to a conclusion, with our leading lady finall
Ashley Marie
Now I'm REALLY looking forward to the Parasol Protectorate books. And since the second Custard Protocol book comes out this year, well... that goes without saying ;)

For some reason, I am SO turned on by the Soaphronia pairing. I don't know if it's the class differences or just the way Moira narrates Soap's voice, but GAWWWD. I mean, they're up there with Anna & Charles from Alpha & Omega, if that tells you anything. I would read ALL the Soaphronia smut. And I'm not a smut reader by any means, us
I declare you properly finished.
***2021 Dog Days of Summer***

It's time for my summer theme and this year I have chosen to read books that include canine companions. This series includes a mechanical dog (a mechanimal), Bumbersnoot. He's a semi-illegal contraption that our main character, Sophronia, has smuggled into her finishing school. More of a companion than an assistant, Bumbersnoot is seldom far from his mistress.

In this final installment of the Finishing School series, Sophronia must put all of her intelligencer edu
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Jan 02, 2015 marked it as to-read
Want it, need it, gotta have it!
This was just so much fun. I laughed. I wished for more at the end. What more can you say?

This was a nice ending to the series, pretty on par with the quality of the rest of the books, so if you liked those, you'll like this one, too. I've just been slightly underwhelmed with this series as a whole, so I was just slightly underwhelmed with this book in the same way. I got really excited about the ending of the third book, but she didn't really take it anywhere super exciting, just medium exciting. I did like the last two books more than I liked the first two, so the series does have
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was somewhat disappointed by the first half of this book, but in the end it all turned out ok.

I don't have much to say, the plot, I believe wasn't completely up to par compared to the last ones, and Felix and Soap both came off as somewhat unlikable in this book.

I also believe Felix, Dimity and Agatha didn't get the endings they deserved. In the end the author went on to explain what the teachers and some other minor characters ended up after the series, along with tidbits about Sophronia an
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can definitely see the progression of the characters as they get older, and although I miss the more school-orientated feel of the first two books, and the plots got a bit formulaic, I'm really happy with how it ended! ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, x
I official no longer like Sophronia. All the side characters are better and Id rather listen to any of their narration then her high handed justification of her dubious morality.

I knew why I wasnt going to like this book by chapter two. Felix was turned into the worst version of his character in order to end the love triangle Carriger didn't know how to write herself out of. He didn't deserve that treatment. And Soap can do miles better, I said that about the last book. And to top it all off, I
Gail Carriger can be hit and miss.
Some of her books are great, some feel aimless.
Manners & Mutiny is in the 'great' column.
It's a fun YA steampunk adventure set in the 19th century.
An enjoyable conclusion to the Finishing School series.
Sara (Freadom Library)

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Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t know what else I can say about these book without starting to sound repetitive, so I’m just not going to try, okay? The plot is action packed and totally entertaining. I was a bit taken back with how it flowed and what ended up happening but it was a good surprise! This story is intense, powerful but definitely a lot of fun. The romance is finally a bigger part o
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021, fbr
Sophronia's training is put to its final test in Manners & Mutiny, the fourth book in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger. It's the last year of school for our favorite group of students at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. A large-scale plot the Pickleman have set in motion is about to come to fruition unless Sophronia acts quickly. She will need to use all of her intelligencer training if she is to have any hope of saving her friends, her school, ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a delightful read! The characters, the setting, the humor...all of it just worked so well. It didn't quite engage me enough to warrant 5 stars, though. But still one I'd definitely recommend to those looking for a nice, light-hearted Fantasy of Manners book. ...more
Trigger warnings: fire, explosions, death, blood, serious injury.

This time around I'm bumping it up to 5 stars because it's such a delightful ending to the series and I love Sophronia and Soap more than I can say.

This wraps up the series so wonderfully. The shippiness is totally adorable. I still love all the references to the Parasol Protectorate series. I have a lot of feelings about (view spoiler)
Normally I love or at least really like Gail Carriger's books, but I just couldn't like this one.

I guess I was a bit bored with the story of this series; it was dragging a bit and I didn't think it was all that interesting anymore. The characters are really what make me love Gail's books so much but in Manners and Mutiny they weren't as funny or well written as usual. I did like some of the side characters, but I honestly couldn't stand Sophronia anymore and I hated reading about her. Soap also
Book Riot Community
This is the fourth and final book of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, and there was much squeeing. After the first three holding my attention but not being as much to write home about as the other two series in the same universe, I was overjoyed to have a compelling, enticing ending to the set. And now maybe I need to go read Soulless again… — Jessica Pryde

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Simon Brading
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good end to a thoroughly entertaining series
So, this was the final part of the Finishing School series. While the first book was more suitable for the middle school age group (the characters were still rather childish), as the series has progressed, the characters have grown into young women, and this book is definitely of the YA variety, with a strong romance storyline (which started in the previous book already). (view spoiler) ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

MANNERS & MUTINY is a wonderfully action packed and fun end to a very unique series. One thing I loved about this book was how it so neatly melds into the Parasol Protectorate series as a precursor to that series' story. I knew there would be a connection obviously with some of the same characters appearing in both series but the way it makes it so you could start with Finishing School and then pick up Parasol Protectorate right away was very cool. Fin
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Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. Join the Chirrup for sneak peaks of upcoming gigg ...more

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