It took me a lot longer to finish this second book in the Parasol Protectorate series than it did the first, and I’m not entirely sure why it didn’t hold my attention as well (vacation, friend visits, work, summer?), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The same cast of oddballs and eccentrics returned with a few extra weirdos thrown in for good measure, and I’m still enjoying the world Carriger has developed wherein fantastical creatures are not only known, but accepted into Victorian society. Despite the fact that the penultimate scene wasn’t as twisty as intended (I saw it coming from miles—and months—away), and the big mystery reveal wasn’t nearly as revealing (or shocking) as it was in Soulless, the last three pages of Changeless has me itching to read number three.
No. two for no. 6 on my challenge.
Though I did find a few plot points a bit tiresome (we get it, Alexia, your father is Italian, your nose is Roman, your best friends are a flamboyant vampire and a woman with horrendous taste, and your Victorian era suitor is a smoking hot Scottish werewolf Alpha who is the picture of a perfect gentleman despite spending an awful lot of time buck naked in your presence—accept this and move on, jeesh!), this novel is clever, steamy, fast-paced, and puts a welcome new spin on some relatively old worlds.
Take it for what it is and enjoy it to the fullest.
No. 6 on my challenge. And now I’m going to have to read all of the Parasol Protectorate series.
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
“Tori, you haven’t reviewed a book in over a month. Are you all right? Has someone robbed you of your TBR pillars? Have you sustained a terrible blow to the head, making you illiterate and only able to review movies by dictating them to friends and coworkers? Have you given up on your 2016 book challenge already?”
To these questions and more, dear readers, I say “No. But thank you for your concern.”
I’ve been reading, all right. I’ve just been reading ALL THE BOOKS at once. See:
These are my current reads:
- Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Nomfiction edited by Little Fiction | Big Truths
- Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
- Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
- Emily Carr As I Knew Her by Carol Pearson
- Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
At least four of them will be included in my book challenge, one is for work, and the other is just too good not to read right now. Any guesses as to which is which? Here’s my challenge for reference.