I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series, but was disappointed in this one. The relationships between the characters lacked the charm and humor found in the 1st book. I would have still given it a better rating, though, if it hadn't been for the ending. For me, the ending ruined any pleasure I had gotten from the book.
Most of the book is setting up the story and it really doesn't get good until the last quarter of the book. The first half of the book really feels like a waste of time
I was disappointed that just as the book was starting to have action and a progression in the storyline - it ended with an unresolved problem
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
It's been such a long time since I've come across a series that is so very entertaining. It's funny and suspenseful.
This author has invented a world that I find is marvelous and with characters who are real and entertaining. The humor is subtle and at times not so subtle but always enjoyable. I will read anything that Ms. Carriger should write. The narrator has a wonderful voice and is very good but, and it runs throughout the entire series, there are long pauses between each chapter. Sometimes so long that I think the book has stopped. It disrupts an otherwise enjoyable experience. I will however continue to muddle through because these books are wonderful. I highly recommend them.
I was 1/2 way thru this installment when I bought # 3. I liked it just as much as the first.
I enjoyed Soulless, but this book seemed to move with the speed of a snail until near the end. I also feel like we could use a lot less of Ivy's character. It makes no sense that such a smart heroine has such a moron for a friend. I know this is steampunk, but I don't really enjoy the elaborate descriptions of these fanciful machines. I love Connal Maccon but there is never enough of his character, and I understand he is hardly in the next book, which I've decided not to get. I also want to note that another reviewer said that there was too much sex in this book. There is NO sex in this book. They kiss and then the rest is just implied, and you're often not even sure if it happened. So if explicit sex scenes turn you off, don't worry. There aren't any. Yes, implied sex is frequent (they are newlyweds!). But nothing to shock sensibilities. I think it could qualify as YA. Yuck!
Although not as surprising and fun as the first book in the series, this book is still a romp through a supernaturalized Victorian England. Narrator Emily Gray never puts a word wrong.
Awesome book...This is a wonderful change from the mooshy books. Excitment and drama! Moving on the next in the series