Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publication: November 12th, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction
Read: September 2015
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As you probably now know the plots of these books are entertaining and intriguing. This one is particularly action packed, with a lot of traveling as well as some near death experiences that are not at all accidental. There is a lot of new information thrown at us about the world and about Alexia’s state of humanity. The only thing that really bothered me was that the end was really quick.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve said it before and I’m just gonna repeat all of it again haha. It’s historically accurate, funny, really detailed and descriptive. It’s imaginative and verbose and the pace for this one is medium, not too fast or not too slow.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love these characters, they officially have a big piece of my fandom love. But in this particular installment, they were a lot of drastic personality changes. Or better way to say it is we saw some new sides to their personalities and I don’t know if that’s the reason why I liked this one less than the ones before. Alexia is really sad and vulnerable in this book. She’s usually full of life and hilarious but she’s really closed off . She’s as determined as always but really angry. Conall is useless in this book, like honestly. He spends the first part of the book completely drunk and emotional. It was really annoying and he was acting so stupid because making a werewolf drunk is really difficult. I was just really annoyed with them for the majority of the time. We also meet a lot of new supporting characters which is customary in this series but these ones were just weird. They’re peculiar and very strange. There’s one in particular who was hilarious and I loved him.
This is my least favorite book in the series. I still enjoyed it but it was missing that one thing that I loved about the other books.
The plot was divided in two. The Maccons are separated over the events of the last book. I’m not going to say which those are but I’m still crazy over it. Because of this separation Alexia travels to Italy to learn more about her heritage, both as an Italian and as a preternatural. She also has a certain inconvenience in her life that drives her to make this trip. Her butler Floote and her friend Madame Lefoux accompany her and they manage to not get themselves killed, no matter how many people try to make that happen. On the other hand in London, Conall spend most of his time incapacitated because he’s drunk and stupid so poor Professor Lyall his beta gets to be in charge of the happenings in London which are also quite crazy. I enjoyed it but I just felt like it lacked that thing that made me obsessed with the other books. My favorite things about the series were there: the action, the funny banter and thought process of Alexia, strange new information, and the gadgets. But there was just something off, I didn’t get the same feeling that I’m used to from this installment. I don’t know if it was because Conall and Alexia were separate the majority of the book and I missed their actions or if it was something else but it wasn’t as great as the ones before it.
Alexia is also a little bit off. I’m used to her being sassy and strong and totally confident. In this book though, we see another side of her. She’s depressed and sad and vulnerable and really down about herself. She’s quiet which in and of itself is weird. Her usual spunk is just gone and although, in true Alexia fashion, she tries to ignore it and push on, you can definitely tell she’s not the same. I get why, it’s totally understandable but it still bothered me not to have her be her full self.
There are so many insane things going on that I wish I could do into depth for but I really don’t want to spoil anything because I want more people to read this series so I’m going to list them out and that way you’ll keep an eye out when you read: Biffy, the Templars, Lord Akeldama, the Potentate, and most importantly the inconvenience.
So that’s it for this review! Thanks for reading. Pleaseeeee pick up this series. It’s amazing, everyone needs to give it a shot. Even with this slight disappointment, it’s still one of my favorite series. See you on my next post!