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Waistcoats & Weaponry: Finishing School, Book 3

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast-paced thrill ride with werewolves and steampunk fun.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Innuendos increasing through the series

While the first book didn’t have anything too terrible, this series grows increasingly inappropriate. Sexual tension and curiousity, references to male anatomy, and so on. The fourth book isn’t on here, but *spoiler* in the end, the teen and her love interest decide to “live happily in sin for a good long time”. There are many instances of naked men described in the final books, too. Honestly, these books seem clearly adult-only to me. The story is entertaining and I don’t doubt many teens enjoy it.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 10+

Smart girls save the day

My daughter and I are both huge fans of this series. She started reading them when she was 10. I love the clever characters, wonderfully absurd plots and strong female role models. The books do have age appropriate curiosity about bodies, but it is not rude. I am completely comfortable with my kids reading this series at 10 years old.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY is top-notch good fun that builds on the previous two novels in the delightful Finishing School series. Fans of Gail Carriger's adult steampunk books will enjoy this YA series. It's daring and bold yet doesn't have as much sex and violence as many YA novels. There are enough quirky personalities and strong growth among the characters to keep readers intrigued and entertained. Sophronia's a terrific heroine any teen would love to have as a friend.

Waistcoats & Weaponry doesn't disappoint, especially when it comes to the budding romance of Sophronia and Soap. And the cliffhanger ending assures readers will be eager for the next installment.

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