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{Audiobook Review} Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

 
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Overview:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gail Carriger…I think I LOVE you…

 

Alexia Tarabotti is one of the most interesting, well-written, and exceptionally entertaining characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have always been a fan of Steampunk, from the clothing, to the language, to the fancy machinery. Not only, has Carriger created a character whose world I would like to invade, but she also created a character I would love to become. Strong-minded, free-spirited, and often times a tad bit hot-headed, Alexia Tarabotti is a magnificent creation and a whole lot of fun.

 

I am so angry with myself for just discovering this series (I know, I know). Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and Steampunk? How did I ever not know about the Parasol Protectorate? Once again I have read (well in this case listened to) a series out of order. I was thumbing through Audible searching for a book that looked like it would be fairly enjoyable and something “different”. But what I found instead was an enchanting tale, with over-the-top characters, and a story so full of life I had to drop everything and listen.  Because one thing Ms. Tarabotti does well, is trap readers in the midst of her troubles, and leave us hoping we have a nice parasol to match.

 

Changeless, begins with a new threat to the supernatural population. They have somehow lost their ability to change and be supernatural.  This inevitable leads to a trip to Scotland, assassination attempts, ghastly love affairs, and quite a bit of laughter – and tea – in between.  Over the course of the novel, we are introduced to old acquaintances; learn proper etiquette, and some of the atrocious traditions of werewolves. Changeless is one succession of strange and exciting events after another. I never felt pulled from the story by Carriger’s eloquent language, nor did I feel like I couldn’t believe everything that was happening to our main character. From the moment the audio began, I was in love.

 

Overall, I highly recommend – with a cup of tea – Changeless to all you lovely readers. I also suggest going the audiobook route because Emily Gray does a phenomenal job of portraying each character and her voice is so majestic you will be hypnotized from the moment you press play. And for those of you who like reading/listening to a series in order, I assure you there is no need. This book works well as a standalone, however once you make it to the OMG ending; you will be buying the next one.  And you can quote me on that!

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

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