Written by: Gail Carriger
Genre: Paranormal Steampunk Romance
Pages: 355 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Book Three (ongoing)
The premise: ganked from BN.com: 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.
Must Have: These books just seem to get better and better. Not only is Carriger figuring out the balance between all the sub-genres she's blending together, but her actual style is improving with each book (those of you who didn't care for the omniscient/head-hoppy voice in the first book will be glad to know that's been ironed out). I also like how the story seems to be progressing towards something, even though personally, I'm not sure what. What I am sure of is that the characters are quite memorable and Carriger has me laughing quite often, whether or not I should be (some images are just TOO funny). This book ends with a solid resolution that fortunately doesn't have me biting my nails for the next book, but that's not to say I'm not looking forward to it. The Parasol Protectorate has easily, and surprisingly, become one of my favorite series, and it's one I'm glad I gave into.
Review style: one thing I want to talk about is how with every book, Carriger's style and storytelling has evolved. I think this series is getting better and better, and I want to talk about why. No need to worry about spoilers, save for a few random details not related to the overall plot, but unless you haven't caught up with book two, Changeless, feel free to read the full review at my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Gail Carriger's BLAMELESS
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