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March 19, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Series: Parasol Protectorate 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: April 1, 2010 
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Puchased
Genre: Steampunk

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.

CHANGLESS is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.




Yes, I'm just getting acquainted with the sultry, Alexia Tarabotti-Maccon, and her handsome Alpha werewolf hub, Conall Maccon, and their crazy and usually sexy, adventures. Book 2 of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate took me to Scotland where I met the older Sidheag Maccon (Finishing School) and the rest of Conall's old pack. There's a lot of issues in Scotland from pack politics, family issues, assassination attempts, spies, and a slew of other stuff ranging from lover's quarrels, elopements, unrequited love, and an unexpected pregnancy.


CHANGELESS is so much fun! No wonder this series is such a hit and has become so iconic in this generation's Steampunk genre. GCarriger's wit is incomparable, the books have a sheen of silliness to it, but the characters deliver their crazy lines in straight faces (I'd imagine) and in such a matter-of-fact way, I have to double back several times just to make sure they're serious. I mean Ivy's hats and outfits alone turns haute couture on its head! 

And amidst all the crazy adventures, I was a bit heartbroken in the end. I do understand why people are casting doubt on Alexia's integrity, but taking into consideration that she's Soulless and basically cancels out whatever supernatural characteristics one has in her presence, her pregnancy is very possible regardless of what Conall says or thinks. I guess I have to keep reading to find out if my theory is correct.










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29 comments:

  1. I've got the first two books, but since I'm such a slacker when it comes to steampunk, I've not found the motivation to read them. I really should, though. The Conalls sounds delightful.

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    1. Maybe it's time you add it to the garage sale pile ;)

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  2. One of these days I'll read a steampunk story.

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    1. I know you love romance so I suggest Bec McMaster :)

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  3. Great review Braine! I've had this on my TBR for such a long time and it sounds like such a fun, sassy steampunk series. Looking forward to picking it up!

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    1. It is! It's so fun and silly and serious and sexy. If this gets picked up as a movie, I hope Tim Burton makes it.

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  4. Yay- so glad you loved Changeless, Braine! I heart this series so, so much; the dialogue is hilarious, the characters are endearingly quirky, and Alexia and Lord Maccon are so sweet together, even when they're arguing (which they usually are, lol!).

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    1. Amen, I couldn't have said it any better. :)

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  5. I have read the first book in this series and while I liked it, I didn't have the urge to continue the series so far. Fun and silly is a good way to describe this series form what I've read in the first book. The setting in Scotland does sound interesting. Great review!

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    1. It can be confounding that's for sure. The tone is very different, like you question the seriousness of the situations at times

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  6. I'm loving the Finishing School series so far. This is up next!

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    1. In that case you will enjoy this too. The tone is the same

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  7. I hope to start this series this year. I've got the first few so no excuse not to. The worldbuilding sounds interesting.

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    1. It's not steampunk heavy, it's more paranormal. It's the silly tone of the series that makes it stand out from the rest.

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  8. I swear I'll read this and the other series eventually!

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  9. This series does sound like a lot of fun, Braine! I love that there is a mix of werewolves, ghosts and steampunk here! I will have to add yet another series to my TBR now ;)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Just another day in a bloggers life... Or shelf

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  10. I still need to catch up on this series. I only read the first one.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  11. I'm excited that you're enjoying this series! I have book one and as a fan of Steampunk I know this is going to be a great read for me. ( I just need to get to it). I love the sense of dry humor it seems Carriger puts into this series as well :)

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    1. Exactly! In a way it helps that I enjoy British comedy, followed a few British shows, so that helped with appreciating the humor which is very different sometimes with its US counterparts.

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  12. I could kick myself Braine. I own the boxed set of the first four books of this series. Have owned them for almost 6 years..and nope haven't even unwrapped them..epic fail...epic fail.

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  13. I'm going to start with the first book thanks to you ;) (which I have, lols)

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    1. Enjoy! It's surprisingly... Romantic in a historical/PNR/comedic sense

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  14. I'm doing the Finishing School ones on audio right now and having a good time with them. I'll def have to move on to her others next :D

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