Timeless (Gail Carriger)

Timeless is is the fifth and final novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
[Here are my reviews of the other books.]
Finished on: 12.10.2015

Plot:
Things have settled in London. Lord and Lady Macon have an established routine with Lord Akeldama, even though their daughter Prudence is a handful for all of them and bound to cause quite an uproar wherever she goes. But then Alexia and her family, particularly Prudence, are summoned to Egypt by the oldest living vampire. Taking the Tunstells and their theater group as cover, they all travel to Alexandria together.

Timeless is a very nice ending to a fun series. I didn’t like all things about it, but altogether I did enjoy it a lot.

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I’ve been meaning to talk about the covers for the book series for a while. They always use the same model who is obviously supposed to be Alexia and it just irks me because Alexia always talks about how “not thin” she is – and this model is certainly very thin. And since fat(-ish) protagonists are rare anyway, I hate that we don’t get to see this on the cover.

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Heartless (Gail Carriger)

Heartless is is the fourth novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
[Here are my reviews of the other books.]
Finished on: 16.9.2015

Plot:
Alexia Tarabotti is eight months pregnant. But that doesn’t make her life any less demanding or her any less willing to take the demands on, even if slightly limited in her mobility. When a ghost appears in her living room, warning her and her husband Conall about an assassination attempt on the Queen, Alexia starts to investigate – she wouldn’t have it any other way. But between imminent childbirth, her sister Felicity and undead porcupines, investigations are not easily handled. Even if one’s husband is a handsome werewolf.

Heartless is another thoroughly enjoyable read in the series. Although I didn’t like all parts equally, I love how the characters in this world and the world itself continue to grow.

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Blameless (Gail Carriger)

Blameless is the third novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
[Here are my reviews of the other books.]
Finished on: 15.8.2015

Plot:
After the shameful actions of her husband (actually suspecting her of adultery just because she’s pregnant with an impossible baby), Alexia moved back in with her parents. But considering her relationship with her mother and her stepsisters, it should comes as no surprise that things don’t actually go very well. And since Alexia has to figure out what kind of baby she’s going to have anyway (with a preternatural mother and a werewolf father – despite what he may think – that’s not that easy to answer), since she lost her job due to the social scandal resulting from the estrangement from her husband, and since the attempts on her life are increasing, it might be time for a trip. And what better thing to do than to visit the Templars who have been experimenting on preternaturals for a long time?

With Blameless, the Parasol Protecorate series continues to be increasingly enjoyable and increasingly well written. It’s thoroughly entertaining.

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Changeless (Gail Carriger)

Changeless is the second novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
[Here’s my review of the first one.]
Finished on: 8.7.2015

Plot:
Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon and muhjah to the Queen, has a lot on her plate: apart from the army camping on her grounds and her husband Conall disappearing at weird hours of the day, there is also a curse affecting parts of London where all supernatural occurences just stop. Conall has to suddenly leave to go back to his old pack in Scotland. As Alexia’s investigations lead her in the same direction, she decides to follow him, though she didn’t plan on being accompanied by her sister Felicity, her best friend Ivy, the werewolf claviger Tunstell, her maid Angelique and the inventor Genevieve Lefoux who upgraded her parasol for her. But there they all are on the dirigible on the trail of mystery.

Changeless got rid of most of the stumbling stones the first novel had for me and I liked Alexia even more this time. I’d call that a full success.

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Soulless (Gail Carriger)

Soulless is the first novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
Finished on: 3.5.2015

Plot:
Alexia might be from a good family and have a lot of smarts, but she’s also old – over 20! – and still unmarried, half Italian and she doesn’t have a soul, though that last part isn’t widely known. Not having a soul has the advantage of neutralizing the powers of vampires and werewolves she touches, which means that when a vampire attacks her, it’s a rather ineffective attack that leads to Alexia accidentally slaying said vampire – which puts her right into a bigger plot, as well as under the stern gaze of Lord Maccon, alpha werewolf and head of the BUR (Bureau of Unnatural Registry). Said gaze might be the most dangerous thing for Alexia, as she tries to understand what she stumbled into, all with the help of flamboyant Lord Akeldama (vampire), the moral support of her best friend Ivy (human and very unaware of Alexia’s state) and the advice of Professor Lyall (beta werewolf).

Soulless is an engaging book, that pulls you right in and sweeps you along. It’s fun and entertaining to read, even if there were a few things that didn’t work so well for me.

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