This book really messed with my head in the end! It's an amazing series, with characters that seem almost too real. I tried to pick up a book that I already owned before buying the next, but Gail Carriger's world won't let me go until everything from the last book is settled.
That said, it takes a truly excellent story with peerless narration to pull me in this far. I laughed and cried with Alexia, and I look forward to continuing the series.
It surprised me at every corner, made me giggle; an 'alternate history' victorian england, where werewolf's and vampires are common and part of society.
This is a very funny and different take on the eponymos vampire literature so popular today. It is sexy and funny as well as suspenseful.
Great voice characterizations, funny and intelligent emphasis is this readers strengths, bringing out the best in this book.
Yes, it had me wanting to know what happens next, since it is a detective or espionage story as well as a love story.
Book 2 is just as good as book one, but the ending gave me mixed feelings. It also had me running to my computer to download the next in the series. I think if you enjoyed Soulless you're hooked for the entire series.
I love the humor in these books and I want all the clothes except Miss Hisselpenny’s of course. Lord Maccon is rapidly becoming my second favorite Scotsman second only to Jamie Frasier! There are great lines in this book too numerous to mention. I love Alexia’s wit and strength. This series has made it on my favorites list.
Narrator , Emily Gray does a great job with all the characterizations and accents I will definitely look for other books she has narrated and she is now on my list of favorite narrators.
Everything. Sharp, witty, fun and exciting plot, lots of thrills, a colorful cast of characters. Wonderfully enjoyable.
Emily Gray's crisp dialogue, ability to give each character a unique and clear voice, and ear for humor makes all of the Parasol Protectorate novels a MUST listen to.
But I cannot go into details.
But, oh, boy, the ending.
I love this series so much! I just finished the second book and now working on the third one.
Emily Gray is very good at switching characters. Her voice is almost always distinct with each character she does.
I'm sure that ya'll have read other reviews of this book; the loooonnnnggg pauses are *real*. It's not just the end of paragraphs or the end of chapters, it's also even at the middle of paragraphs. It is noticeable when you are really into the story and your concentration is cut off with these horrible pauses. It's just terrible, terrible editing.
But then again, I love this story. My annoyance must be sacrificed. Audiobooks are a necessity when you have long commutes.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes the steampunk genre, werewolves, vampires, Victorian era, etc. The book is very well written and witty. (A bit *too* witty and silly at the most inopportune time). The world in it is vibrant and addictive. I don't know what I'd do when the series end. :)
Alexia is back in another wild and witty adventure. This time the supernaturals are systematically losing their abilities leaving Alexia's husband in possible grave danger. She's off to save the day, but first she must take care of her obstinate sister and tend to Ivy's love life. In walks a new mysterious character that seems to be stalking Alexia and helping her out at the same time. The mayhem that ensues is one that only Alexia can get in to, with a mind blowing ending that will propel you straight in to the next installment of the series, "Blameless"
At first I didn't like Emily Gray's reading of Soulless, but I've changed my mind - she does a great job! I love this book,,
No spoilers here, but OMG on the ending! Seriously, my mouth is still open and Im like WHAAAT just happened! I have to say the beginning dragged a bit for me, and I actually stopped listening for a bit just because I was getting a little bored. I would say about 1/3 in it started to pick up an had me hanging on every word as I did with Soulless. Overall, I think I liked this book a little more(even with the slow start) just because of all the new interesting characters that were introduced. I also, in a major delay half way thru the book, realized that some of the characters in this book are the girls from the Finishing School series. I totally forgot that this series takes place in the future of that one, and I think Gail Carriger weaves it in very naturally. Its pretty cool to see what the girls are up to roughly 20 some years later.Also - I Im freaking out about the ending and will be starting in on Blameless immediately.
As for the narration, Emily Gray is AWESOME and delivers a fantastically superb performance. If you liked Soulless, definitely continue on to this book. Its just as good if not better!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
3.5 overall for this book was not as good as the first, it was way less funny and the ending sucked. I am debating the next book but dang, I want to know what happens next. Although I have a feeling it will just make me mad. The story itself is pretty good but I had a bitter taste for the ending. Story started out fast paced and had potential, but the spunk and sassiness was missing and the side characters were more annoying this book. The mystery was easy to figure out, since I had doubts in the last book. Such a shame since I really liked Soulless that even though this book wasn't bad it was a let down from the first book. Same narrator and I think she did a pretty good job.