Saturday, May 17, 2014






Watch this vid. It really explains a lot that I haven't. 

The Parasol Protectorate series is brilliant.

Victorian era , steampunk.

Funny, clever, sub characters totally rock.

Lord Maccon is growl worthy and he has some very funny moments.

Alexia Tarabotti is a brilliant female lead. 

When I first started reading Soulless, I had to start again.


Gail is a very clever writer. She really puts you inside her Victorian steampunk world she has built and she has this voice on Alexia that at first I had to go back and reread the first couple chapters.

You see, I needed to slide into Alexia's head with how she talks. In the end I was walking around the house talking like Alexia. 

Alexia is very proper, but also...

She is an extremely likable character that keeps you turning the pages.

Alexia really is a 3D character. 

Lord Akeldama is the most hilarious character, he is a gay vampire lord who has the funniest lines. I love him so much.

This is a series you could read over and over. It is very colourful and Alexia and Conall Maccon will make you laugh at what they get up to. 

Alexia is simply brilliant how she handles all the shenanigans thrown at her.

Here is a snippet from my Soulless review :

What a funny, witty tale about a half Italian spinster named Alexia Tarabotti ..... her parasol.... werewolves, vampires , steamy advances including neck nibbling.... * waggles eyebrows* . Throw in a rather flamboyant rove vampire with a fashion sense to outshine the cleverest Parisian designer, Biffy and some well built Lord Akeldama worshipping dandies, a scientist or two... a plump Queen of the Westminster Hive , a professor, a dash of steampunk and a rather embarrassing family and you have a cleverly written story.

Gail had me laughing out loud, smiling a great deal and fanning myself at the very Scottish, Lord Conall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey.

I did chuckle out loud when Lord Maccon swore, behaved in a most serious manner around Alexia and quite frankly felt he needed to sit her upon his lap on more than one occasion. HA!

The supporting characters were so much fun . Floote is a must have. I want a butler like him, he is more proficient than Alfred attending to Batman. To have a knowledgeable friend like Lord Akeldama, he was such fun to be around and Professor Lyall, Lord Maccon’s Beta was a fitting second to his Alpha....after all a Beta has to be able to be forthright and tell his Alpha when he is in need of grovelling.

Alexia Tarabotti is just one of the most intelligent, witty and brave, never dull for one moment female characters. Her banter and forwardness with Lord Maccon, only she could get away with talking to the Alpha like she did. Alexia was never one to shy away from her opinion. They are one of my favorite couplings.

You can read my reviews HERE just scroll down to read in order.

I have read the first four books, but I just realized I only wrote reviews for the first three. I must go back and recap Heartless and write my review. 

I liken Gail's writing to , throwing Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick - Indy Savage into a Victorian steampunk world and letting her run about with vampires, werewolves getting up to all sorts of mayhem with a Parasol for thwacking.

Both authors know how to bring so much humor and wit to their clever writing, whilst juggling a pile of sub characters that paint the pages with color.

I have yet to read Timeless the conclusion to this fantastic series. It is one of my end of series phobias I have. This year my personal challenge is to read 2 books each month that are the last books in a series to get over my list of last books I need to read.

This series is a smashing good time and I highly recommend it. I put quite a few readers onto it when I was reading it at the time and they loved it. Even one of the guy bloggers gave it a read and loved it. 

Gail really has class when writing this series and her wit is outstanding.

Gail also has a YA series titled, Finishing School. I have both books to date in the series, I just need to read them.

Check out the trailer below
So cool!!


I knew at one stage she was writing another series with Alexia's daughter being the main character. I just saw the cover for book one in The Custard Protocol series titled - Prudence.

Due Release - 17th March 2015

I can't wait to read what antics Prudence gets up to.
If she is anything like her mother. 

And if she has Lord Maccon's personality... it should make for a very memorable ride.

Prudence - Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

Her page is always good fun. 
She loves the era. 
You will see what I mean when you check her page out .

Check out the images she has on there. 
She adores the era she writes in.



  1. I'm a little behind I confess because I haven't finished the series yet but I love all the books I read, they were awesome. I have the first YA to read as well but I'm curious about the new series to be released.

    1. Hi Melliane, I hope to start the YA series shortly. Glad to hear you loved what you read in Gail's Parasol Protectorate series.

  2. Great spotlight, Michelle. I've always wanted to read Carriger - in fact, I own Soulless. But it's steampunk and for some strange reason, this scares me! *ha* I'm gonna give it a try though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Brandee, the steampunk is there but it is not of great influence. The characters really run the show. Great fun reading Alexia. Do give it a whirl, me thinks you will enjoy :D


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