Friday, April 9, 2010

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Author: Gail Carriger
Publication: Orbit; Original edition (April 1, 2010)
Description: 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. 
My Thoughts: This was another fun romp in an alternate Victorian England complete with steampunk and supernatural creatures. Alexia is off on adventures again when she investigates the case of somthing causing supernaturals to become ordinary humans. She is supposed to be the only thing that can make supernaturals human and she has to touch them to have an effect. Meanwhile Conall is concerned with the pack he left which is having difficulties in Scotland. His many times great grandaughter wants to become a werewolf to put the pack in order. Conall is reluctant because most of those who attempt the change die in the attempt.
Alexia joins forces with a French woman inventor who dresses in men's clothing and may or may not be trusted. There are many attempts on Alexia's life - which Alexia tends to find rather commonplace and not worthy of too much attention.
I enjoyed this romp. I loved the humor and the many descriptions. Alexia's friend Ivy provided much of the comic relief with her absurd hats and absurd romance as she falls in love with Conall's valet. Naturally, this is not done.
I am eagerly looking forward to Blameless to find out what is next for Alexia and Conall.
Challenges: RYOB Challenge

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