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October 31 2012 @ 02:50 pm
The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger  
Soulless Changeless Blameless Heartless Timeless
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Series: The Parasol Protectorate
Author: Gail Carriger

Book Description:
Soulless: First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Changeless: Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, 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 to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

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

Blameless: Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
I wasn't overly enthralled with the characters of the series. Alexia is too stoic and emotionless for my taste which I think was the point as she's supposed to be soulless. For me it doesn't mesh though some of the story was entertaining and intriguing at times. I did enjoy the "courtship" of Alexia and Conall though I'm not entirely sure one could call it that.

I enjoyed Professor Lyall a bit but was not overly enthused with Lord Akeladama. He just seems a triffle over the top at all junctures.

Prudence was a bit entertaining though highly inconvenient with her turning into wolves and vampires. But having said that I didn't appreciate the strange way Alexia seemed to regard her own child, as an inconvenience, though I do think it wasn't entirely the case. Still there were moments I just couldn't reconcile and even if a soulless person wouldn't have the emotional attachment you would think Conall, a werewolf, would.

I would say my favorite book was actually Blameless because despite Alexia's attitude and most moments she was clearly upset about what Conall had done. Plus the action and adventure in that book was much better if a bit ridiculous for a pregnant woman.

Overall not bad but not my cup of tea either.
Angelserenitysangel on October 31st, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
You make some good points there, but you know I still loved the series :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 31st, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah that that is totally okay. I mean it was kinda fun. I love the world they are in actually. And I actually think there was a language barrier and points. There were things I didn't understand and I wonder if that is because I'm not British.
Angelserenitysangel on November 1st, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Ah yes, that might be a factor, it was very British in many ways.
Jill aka Jo: GOT: Drogo BAMFsireesanwar on November 1st, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I thought so. I mean there were times that I was rather confused so... probably played a factor but like I said it was a mid-range set for me.

Are you reading ICED yet?
Angelserenitysangel on November 1st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
No, not read it yet, waiting for kindle version
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 1st, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Is it just not up in the UK cause it is up in Kindle here.
Angelserenitysangel on November 1st, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Odd, I looked on Amazon.com and doesn't have it on Kindle, not giving me that option :(
Jill aka Jo: BBT: Awkward Datesireesanwar on November 1st, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
That is annoying. I wonder why it is different considering it is a digital copy.
Angelserenitysangel on November 2nd, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Very annoying! I think it might have to do with copyrights - it's why it took the UK so long to get the Kindle, had to sort out getting copyright for things. But yeah, since it's Amazon, you'd think it would be the same. And it's odd too, because I've been able to get some things from Amazon for my kindle. So annoying as really want to read it but I'm not prepared to pay the price for the hardback!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 2nd, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. Books are so expensive. And it is super annoying that you can't always get them when you want them. It is nice that you can get classics for free.

But what really gets me is that there is some kind of copyrights issue getting the books to the UK. When I put up our companies books I can post them to all countries they have Amazon in at once.
Angelserenitysangel on November 2nd, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Totally! And yes, I have Wuthering Heights and Little Women downloaded.

You can? Argh, it's annoying. No idea why it matters :/
Jill aka Jo: SGA: Rononsireesanwar on November 3rd, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
I have a bunch but I've yet to read any of them. So many books and not nearly enough time.
Angelserenitysangel on November 4th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
OMG! Tell me about it! I've currently got 15 books on my kindle, not including the one I'm reading already. And stills SO many more I want to read!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 5th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I've gone crazy. I think I have somewhere around 400 but that was last count and it was a long time ago...
Angelserenitysangel on November 6th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
LOL Well yes there are countless numbers of books I want to read, but I'm just referring to the immediate number on my Kindle.