Monday, March 12, 2012

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) - Gail Carriger

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.

Another fantastic installment of witty steampunk fun.

What sets this third addition in the series apart from its predecessors? 
We learn that being soulless doesn't really mean being emotionless.

Following the unfortunate sequence of events that concluded the sequel, Changeless, Alexia struggles from the aftermath physically, emotionally, socially and deals with the backlash from her thoughtless, selfish family. 

One of my new favorite characters, Madame Lefoux, plays a more significant role when she and Floote journey with Alexia to Italy in search of answers regarding her current condition.

Fans of the sexy, beastly, Lord Maccon may be slightly disappointed in his limited appearances throughout the story, but it's to be expected considering his behavior and the circumstances at the conclusion of Changeless.

Overall, I thought this story to be a solid, entertaining addition to the Parasol Protectorate series and I'm curious to see what will occur as a result of these latest developments. 

I'll be diving into Heartless soon.  


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I feel so bad I haven't made it past book 1 :( I thought it was good but then I went on and forgot to read the rest.

Addicted2Heroines said...

You must continue it, Felicia! ;) If you thought the first one was good then you'll really enjoy the second.

Book Slave said...

Hey there :) Oohh sounds good! I haven't read the others yet though. Must get onto that.

Book Enslaved

Cimmaron @ Talksupe said...

Glad you're liking this series. I've read half of Timeless and so reluctant to finish. I don't want to let this series go.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Great steampunk art!! Love it.

Braine @ Talk Supe said...

And this is one of the series that Cimmaron managed to finish in record time! So she'll lend it to me when she gets here. Both of your 5-4 star rating is amping up my excitement!!!! I want me some Lord Maccon!

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

Great review Cat!
For some reason I didn't realize you liked this series, I thought you disliked the first book and stopped reading?? I must have been mistaken....If you like them than I should too.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Cimmaron - Thankfully, there are spinoffs coming. Just too bad they'll be in 2013.

Braine - Yes, you must meet Lord Maccon. He's lovely in that loud, aggressive alpha male kind of way ;)

Miss Vain - Whaaaat? That's crazy talk. I bet you'll love it.

Book Slave - Yes, you should. Would love to know what you think when you do ;)

Alexa said...

I'm glad you are still enjoying this series. I really need to read the first book soon.

I hope you enjoy book 4! Thanks for the great review.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thanks Alexa. I'm looking forward to it. I also have a signed copy of Timeless coming my way. It's the last book in the series. The good ones are always over too soon.

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

Thanks for the review! It sounds great.

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