Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Review: Blameless by Gail CarrigerBlameless by Gail Carriger

Genres: Steampunk Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit on September 1, 2010
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

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

The Delight

Abandoned and blamed by husband and others, chased by killers, and landing in one deadly scrape after another, Lady Alexia Maccon was highly entertaining in this latest of the Parasol Protectorate adventures.

Review

Blameless is book three of an urban fantasy- steampunk romance mash-up that is an ongoing story that must be read in order.

The last book ended on an ominous note.  Alexia announces a surprise for her husband and gets a nasty surprise of her own as a result.  I went into this one wrongly assuming there would be a vast degree of angst when to my pleasure, the focus remained on intrigue, adventures, colorful characters, witty dialogue and fascinating steampunk gadgetry not in the usual way.  All the right feelings and actions were expressed on the part of both Alexia and Conall, but both put aside wounded pride and hurt feelings and remorse to do what they had to.

Loved the split scenes between Alexia on her journey with the indefatigable Floote and the clever Madama Lafoux while back in London, Conall’s beta of the pack, Professor Lyall gets lots of page time while holding things together and conducting investigations into a few mysteries.

Each book introduces a new aspect to the Parasol Protectorate world.  I enjoyed traveling into France and Italy with Alexia and the group, learning about the Templars and the bits of extra about the preternatural types like Alexia.  The interesting events that occurred in London involving the mysterious activities around the vampires and Lord Akkeldama, the results of a rescue, and the Shadow Council leave me, just as with the last book, quite eager to press on.

Fantastic and clever mash-up of steampunk and urban fantasy that I urge lovers of either and both to give a try.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #195 SP
Mt. TBR #90
COYER #27

Recommendations

 Steam Me Up Rawley by Angela Quarles Review Agamemnon Frost

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Good to know that there was little to no angst – I hate angst! Was the romance with her husband, like a second chance thing?

    I might try Steam Me Up, Rawley. 😀 Great review, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Me, too. I’m okay with emotions as a result of internal conflict, but yeah, not the over the top kind.

      It was an estrangement for a time, but not as separate as a complete 2nd chance.

      Oh cool! Steam Me Up Rawley is fun.

  • I think I haven’t read anything steampunk before and reading how you liked this book, makes me really curious. I think I’ll be checking out this series soon 😉

    Great review Sophia Rose

    • Maybe I can tempt you into this series? 😉

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Looks good Sophia Rose! It’s been a while since I’ve read a good Steampunk they aren’t as popular as they once were

    • No, they’re not, Debbie. I’ve got a few on my TBR pile. I was so glad to finally get around to this series. It’s witty and fun. 🙂

  • I love this series! I stopped with this book and have yet to finish it. I didn’t like Prudence, it’s too much for me and I didn’t like how the characters and the chemistry is patterned after this

    • I still need to read Prudence’s series. Bummer they are not as good. Yay for a fellow fan of Alexia. 🙂

  • I still haven’t read a steampunk book but maybe one of these days.

  • I really need to start this series. It sounds like a lot of fun and it has been sitting on my kindle for longer than I would like to admit.

    • It has been fun to finally get to read these. Lots of fun with both the steampunk and the urban fantasy.

  • You’re just motoring through these. That’s fun it moves around a bit location-wise.

    • I really am. It helps to know there are only five of them. 😉

  • Karen

    It’s so weird – I’ve read all her spinoff novellas but only the first few books in all her series lol

    I shall catch up one day!

    For What It’s Worth

    • The scatter approach, huh? LOL I have a few authors like this where I’ve read here and there through their series. We shall catch up. 😉

  • RO

    The traveling sounds really neat, and once again, I’m totally in love with that outfit! Hugs…

    • She has the best outfits in the story, too.

  • Sophia I have the first books in the Parasol Protectorate in a boxed set. I haven’t even opened it. *facepalm*

    • Lucky lady. 🙂 But yeah, I’ve got so many unopened or unread books that I really need to read, too. Haha!

  • oh Sophia I am so glad that this book worked for you here. I love steampunk but haven’t read it as much as I would like. It sounds like this author does a fun job with world building, definitely a world I want to get to know.

    • These are great, Renee. I think historical romance lovers who don’t mind paranormal elements will really get a kick out of these. The world of the series is fantastic.

  • Seems like I’ve wanted to read this series for so damn long now! I think I have the 1st book.I can’t believe I haven’t read it since it totally seems like a series for me.

    • This was me, too. I was determined to get to it this summer. 🙂

  • I love that there is a mash up on different genres! great review Sophia 🙂

    • It’s my favorite way to read Steampunk. Love seeing it blended with magic or paranormal. 🙂