While by no means high literature, this is a really fun book. It's witty and outrageous and will make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.
I've never read or even been introduced to Steampunk before this and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I liked the twist to history, the add in of the paranormal and yes, the romance. But what I loved the most was that I KNEW the author was having fun writing this and it just made all the difference in the world!! I have the books, and intend to have all the audio files as well. Well done Miss. Carriger!!
Amusing, pithy, very British, this is easily my favorite book since "The Crimson Petal & The White". A bit like "Pride & Prejudice" crossed with a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" of sorts.
Being a soulless spinster, Alexia Tarabotti is the counter balance to vampires, werewolves, and ghosts of the Victorian era. Alexia's "power" is that if she comes in direct contact with vamps, werewolves, etc their supernatural abilities are nullified. Having been long integrated into English society however, these "monsters" aren't necessarily causing random mayhem or distress. The world building is excellent, the dialogue and insults are clever, the character development is top shelf, and the plot was engaging. I also learned many new words, my favorite being "peregrinations".
Besides Alexia, my favorite characters were her best friends Lord Akeldema and Ivy Hisselpenny along with Floote (butler to the Loontwills). I found this book to be very funny and amusing throughout and the ending was unexpectedly ribald to boot! I definitely will be reading the rest of this series.
I loved this story, but it is a little distracting when the narrator keeps pronouncing the name of a favorite character wrong.
I found it hard to get into this book initially, but I'm glad I stuck it out. it has a fair amount of soft core porn scenes and a good story line, though I felt the story was slightly shallow. I felt the world of supernatural/humans could have been explored more. though I have hope that the next book dies exactly that. overall it was a good blend of Cinderella and beauty and the beast. the characters were well developed and i loved Alexia's demeanor. I will definitely be listening to the other books in this series!! :)
I finished this book quickly. Emily Gray's reading was comedic in the right places and sincere when needed. I gave her performance only 4 stars because some of the deeper, more masculine voices seemed a bit of a struggle. Overall though, it was hard to stop listening to the book and I quickly ordered the next one. I quite enjoyed listening to it over reading it.
This is a highly entertaining, intelligent series! The underlying humor is fabulous and Alexia is one brave, brilliant woman. The second book, Changeless, is even better, but start here to get to know the characters. Enjoy!
I was absolutely enchanted to find a gem in this book. I thought to find the typical cumbersome bawdy tale of a hapless female thrown into lust driven adventure overwrought by danger at every turn. I did not expect to find a well written, witty, tale that sucked me in and almost kept me up for the whole night!
A thoroughly fun confection of a listen. Spot on narration by Emily Gray brings Ms. Carriger's story to life with lively precision. Romance, adventure, comedy, and fantasy in flawless harmony. Brava!
Enjoyed all parts: story , characters and narrator. A really good time and I look forward to the next book in this ongoing adventure.