Friday, July 15, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - CHANGELESS by GAIL CARRIGER - THE PARASOL PROTECTORATE # 2

By : Gail Carriger
Published By : Orbit Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback, 374 Pages

RATING : 4.5 THWACKING STARS!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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.




BOOK REVIEW:


I must start by saying what positively priceless character names, Ms Gail uses in her books. After that rather classic introduction to Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings , ( I just like to say his name over and over..hee..hee.), ‘Changeless’ just got better and better. Alexia never one to back down had Tunstell ready to enact a swoon...Ha!... and Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings ( it just rolls off the tongue) ready to..... well .... I’m not sure truly what he was about to do...but it wasn’t going to be earning him any brownie points with Lord Maccon. I tell you what though that Parasol comes in mighty handy for ‘thwacking’....Ha!


Ms Gail made me laugh many times with her characters. Biffy of the frivolous persuasion, always seems to be around when Lord Maccon is in need of clothing..lol!.. and I think a tad reluctant to oblige him.


I love Madame Lefoux , a new character, she adds a wonderful side dish to the book and someone Lord Akeldama has not been privy to an introduction... this simply must be rectified.


A visit from Alexia’s mama, a bit of discombobulating later and she found herself with Felicity in her charge.


There is a bit of a mystery underfoot that needs Lord Maccon to dash off to Scotland with not so much as a word to Alexia except to go to a Hat shop , leaving her to take matters into her own hands and follow in hot pursuit..afloat a dirigible. ( I did have to google that one).


Oh the shinnanigans on the dirigible with Madame Lefoux, Miss Hisselpenny, Tunstell ( chaperoning of the ladies, highly necessary) , Felicity ( rolls eyes) and Angelique .


Upon arriving in Scotland , Castle Kingair makes for dusty accommodations and unrest amongst the alphaless Kingair pack in residence.


There is a whole bunch of snooping, shooting, canoodling and ...well ....somebody * raises eyebrow* needed a good thwacking with a certain parasol.......*shakes head*.


I highly recommend having all books available ready to read one after the other as once you finish Changeless, you are going to be grabbing for Blameless, if you don’t have it ready to crack open, don’t say I didn’t warn you because the ending is a corker.

FAVE QUOTES:


His approach was unique this time. He was squirming his way up under the covers from the foot of the bed toward where she lay. Alexia’s newly opened eyes met the ludicrous sight of an enormous lump of bedclothes, swaying back and forth like some sort of encumbered jellyfish, laboring toward her. She was lying on her side, and his chest hair tickled the backs of her legs. He was lifting up her nightgown as he went. A little kiss whiskered just behind one knee, and Alexia jerked her leg in reaction. It tickled something dreadful.

She flipped the blankets and glared down at him. “What are you doing, you ridiculous man? You are acting like some sort of deranged mole.”

“Being stealthy , my little terror. Do I not seem stealthy?”He spoke with mock affront.



“Miss Hisselpenny is always upset over something. You are a different matter. You don’t do these kinds of things, wife. You are not that feminine.”



He lay back on the bed, folding his arms behind his head, looking at her out of predatory eyes. There was no denying it – impossible man her husband, but also a terribly sexy beast.



“Oh, good,” said his wife, “ you are awake. What took you so long?”

“Hello, my dear. What have you done now?”






Michelle

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