Book Review – Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: September 8th, 2010

Publisher: Orbit

Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction

Read: September 2015

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Alexia Maccon, 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. So 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.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Loved it! It was mysterious and suspenseful and intriguing. The same level of hilarity and entertainment is abound in this second installment and it was amazing. We get to travel a bit and meet new people and new places. Of course, there’s some action involved, not as much as the first book, but still enough to make it noticeable. But the best thing is the giant shock at the end. Huge cliffhanger. It was not cool.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This is going to end up being a little redundant after awhile (since I’m reviewing the entire series) but I still want to do it. It’s incredibly fast paced and very detailed. Specially in this new place, the descriptions are amazing. It’s historically accurate, and what I mean by that is that it reads like the characters would talk, which brings a new level of authenticity to the story. It’s verbose, something really hard to understand but it’s also funny, which helps alleviate the severity of the plot points.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love all the characters in this series. They’re so complex and interesting. Alexa in this installment is herself but better. She’s witty and sassy still but she has a new job so she can also wear hear professional woman cap and she wears it well. She’s passionate and smart. She’s strong willed and doesn’t let anything get in her way of knowing whatever she wants to find out. Still one of my favorite female characters of all time. Then we have Conall, our resident werewolf, is kind of a turd in this one. He really annoyed me because he was really closed off. He’s still tough and fierce and loyal but he is back into his old home and not really acting as nice as he could be. He’s a very loyal person and particularly vulnerable in this book. All the supporting characters are amazing! I love them to pieces. The old ones and the new ones from this book banter back and forth. They all bring something new into the plot and they help move the story along. It would not be the same experience without them.

Emotionally

I am absolutely obsessed with this series. Every book gets better and better and more entertaining.

The plot of this book is great. It’s not as action-packed as the first one but more about the behind the scenes type of action. Secrets, theories and mysteries. It centers around this weird phenomenon that took over London for a night. An entire part of the city is affected with the preternatural effect, meaning the supernaturals become mortal. Obviously, everyone freaks out because the only time that usually happens is when a preternatural actually touches a supernatural. There was never an actual account of it happening remotely and in such a large scale. Because of the investigation, we get to travel to Scotland and meet Lord Maccon’s first pack and a brand new character named Madame Lefoux. Alexia takes a dirigible ride (kind of like a blimp) to Scotland with her sister, Felicity (who sucks cause she’s really snobby), her best friends Ivy (still obsessed with the ugliest hats) and Tunstell, a claviger for Conall’s pack (werewolf hopeful). With these crazy personalities all together in a small space, not to mention flying in the air, you can bet a bunch of crazy and hilarious things ensue. Ivy and Tunstell have a really weird and disturbing love connection, Alexia is almost killed a few times and this strange Madame Lefoux is always around at the most random times. Once we are actually in Scotland with our main character, things get even weirder. Werewolf fights, ransacked rooms and gunshots from a distance are just a few on the things that happen in this book. All of it has to do with the mystery of this supernatural effect and when we finally figure out with the cast what it is, I found it to be really interesting and incredibly dangerous. There was a huge reveal at the end which then resulted into a giant cliffhanger which was INSANE! I could not believe what I was reading and it made me drop everything and pick up the third book, it was just that crazy.

Like I said before and like I will keep saying again and again, Alexia is one of my favorite characters ever. She’s such a contradiction against the woman of her time. She’s strong and a take no shit type of woman. She’s more concerned about discoveries in science instead of clothing accessories (although she still pays attention to those). She’s such a proud woman and I love her sassy attitude. She’s very firm and has a no nonsense type of way about her that makes everyone she knows either respect her or fear her. I aspire to be as fierce as her someday.

Conall is awesome, one of my favorite characters in this series, but he’s really annoying and kind of a butt in this book. He was very secretive and judgmental. I was not having it with him. I wanted to kick his ass but… you know.

I feel like I mention the supporting characters of this series too much but seriously, they are some of the best I’ve ever read. Isn’t it annoying when the secondary characters are like cardboard cut outs? Totally underdeveloped and boring? It really bothers, if the character is there, it should have a purpose. And that’s what I love about all of the ones in this series, they are all there and all doing something specific for a reason.

So that’s it for this review! Thanks for reading. I really hope I am starting to instill at least a bit of curiosity in some of you and that you feel inclined to pick up this series. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. See you on my next post!

XOXO

Sara

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