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Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Review: Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate#2) by Gail Carriger


where I got my copy: Borders
where to buy: BN, Amazon

Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears -- leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her into the backwaters of ugly waistcoats, Scotland, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only a soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

There was something weird going on in London, and it was right after the regiment from Indian arrived. The supernatural community has become mortal. Leaving the vampires fangless, the werewolves changeless and the ghost exorcised. They call it the Plague of Humanization. After dealing with the rudeness of certain Major Channing and his unwarranted pack encamped afront Woosley Castle, Lady Maccon, who was Alexia Tarabotti before marrying Alpha of the Woosley pack and Bureau of Unnatural Registry Chief Connal Maccon she set off to her very late appointment. Every Thursday night she have a meeting with the Shadow Council where she was given the position of Queen Victoria's muhjah. At that certain meeting she was informed of the predicament the supernatural community was having. The plague was lifted according to her husband after coming home from said investigation at the wee hours of their supernatural time. But as night time falls she awoken without him on her side. After further inquiries she was informed by professor Lyall that he fled to Scotland for a family emergency. She decided to follow him by dergibile and with unexpected large party as soon as she and other important members of their pack found out that the plague was setting its course towards where her husband is heading...

I LOVE this series, full of wit and laugh out loud moments and was it me or does the use of words in this book tends to stick with you even after you finish reading it? It was a great side effect but husband was looking at me funny for using certain words like it was a new vocabulary I learned in some conversations that we had the night before. Anyway... in book two we find ourselves reading another threat to Alexia's life. There was poisoning, shooting, ransacking and cliffhanging by accident on the side of a derigible, a spy and a mystery that needs to be solved at once. The source of the plague made a great addition to Alexia's preternatural nature. It added more depth and heavier curiosity on what her likes can possibly do. Now I know for sure that she can do much much more.

Ivy and her never ending selection of the most ugliest hat combined with her dramatic love affair with Lord Maccon's claviger slash actor, Turnstell and one of Alexia's dreadful half sister- Felicity, was another set of entertainment in this book, their constant bouts sets balance with all the mess that is going on in the supernatural community. Alexia on the other hand remained as her usual self and even at a trying time I can never picture Alexia as someone serious, there's always that certain air of intelligence, the way she use her words that make her so comedic, yes even after that shocking ending. If you read the blurb on Blameless you'll know that Alexia has moved out of her husband's castle, it was sad for I love them together, they are so compatible in so many ways that it was disappointing to read that shocking part. I hated it for a span of about five minutes, I then become excited. Oh the drama! I have a feeling that book three will be the most interesting of the other books. *fingers crossed* There was a teaser at the back of Changeless... What a way to gear up the third book, bravo Miss Carriger. I'm glad we don't have to wait very long, the third book is coming this September.

Out of all the quotes in this book this one struck me as the most memorable and the best way to describe how awesome Alexia is.

Formerly Angelique: "But you have to stop me. Zey told me you were dangerous. I thought it was because zey feared you, feared what yo were and what you could produce. But now I realized zey feared who you are az well. Your lack of soul, it haz affected your character. You are not only preternatural, you also think differently az a result.


Amber said...

Ooh I hadn't heard of this series before, but I like the review you posted and the cover art is awesome! I'm going to check this out.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

oh must read this book ..loved the first book review by you too.

jmspettoli said...

Everyone seems to love this series. I haven't really considered reading it until recently but hopefully it will be worth it. Thanks for the review!

joder said...

I liked the way you described this book. You gave me a good idea of what to expect and whether it's my kind of thing. I've heard so much about this series and really need to read it.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Mar said...

This is a series I need to get on but alas, I'm in the middle of so many right now. *sigh* It will def be added to my TBR pile. :)

InABox said...

I like the addition of the "Formerly" characters in Changeless and the addition of other supernatural occurrences. I can't wait for Blameless!

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