Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.
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I can't stop. Audiobooks are the diversion and comfort when I am alone, the excitement I don't have the time for, and scratch for that itch
I loved the first book, and was so disappointed with the decrease in complexity and character personality changes.
Much, much better than Soulless (which is saying something, because I adore that book). I love seeing practical Alexia try to put words to her feelings, even if she can't admit them. Just fantastic.
Changeless is the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series. While I enjoyed it well enough, I felt it was a weak follow up to the first book Soulless. There just wasn’t the same amount of oomph for me, probably because the mystery in this one didn’t track as well as the first one did. It was more round about I guess.Even tho Alexia is now married to Lord Maccon there is still plenty of fun tension and antics between the two of them. We get to see much more of the silly Miss Ivy Hisselpenny and quite a bit of Alexia’s half sister Felicity as the three of them are setting off for Scotland. Which just so happens to be where Lord Maccon is from (and his former pack and only remaining relative) and where the trail leads as far as this books current mystery. The mystery being the odd stripping of the supernatural state from all of the supernatural community making them for all purposes human and mortal once again.
The highlights of this installment for me were the dirigible ride, the kerfluffle between Ivy and Felicity over Lord Maccon’s clavager Tunstall, and the introduction of the cross dressing inventor character Madame Lefoux. Oh yes and a big and tumultuous surprise at the end of the book. But other then that I felt the mystery weak and the culprit much too obvious. But overall still loads of fun. I’m obviously already half way done with the next book while writing this review and thankfully it’s a much stronger book.
Love this even more than the first one. The narrator’s fabulous! I don’t care much for cliffhanger endings, and my listen is not the next book in the series, but I will be back.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This book is as good as book 1. Emily Gray does a great job with her reading. Some of the supporting characters are strong enough to get a say in future books and stories. I gave this a 3 instead of a 4 due to the following. A few more details should be given or hinted at. These will aid in understanding the society and world being presented to us. Near death experience becomes an issue with the ending. Werewolves consider themselves nearly dead. Why is this negative? The world presented is advanced enough to know about other types of near death experiences. Do they even exist in this world? These could not result in the person becoming a werewolf. Something should be said about these persons. Do they come back changed? If so then what? Something hinted at will do. The general consensus of vampires is accepted. The person dies completely due to vampire bite(s). If they return, it is as a vampire. Ghosts come back after the body dies completely. In this and other books set in this world it is said repeatedly; werewolves have to survive being bitten. SURVIVE is the key word here. Not explaining or hinting at world and werewolf reasoning for this makes the ending unacceptable. Something should be hinted at indicating all near death experiences are negative. Lack of this information or hints makes the ending weird and the story become fragmented. The book's duration is short enough that a little more hints of this and werewolf reasoning could be inserted.
I would listen to it again. I enjoy Alexia Maconn a great deal, and Carriger's writing is witty while maintaining the suspense you want in this type of novel.
Well, this is cheating, but I would have to say, "Soulless."
The end is a bit of a cliff hanger...not to spoil anything. I am anxious to know what will happen next.
One minor issue I noted: in the audio version of "Soulless" (the prequel to this book), there is a character whose name is pronounced markedly different than in this one. It took me a moment to realize who she was talking about the first time she mentioned his name in this book. Not sure why that happened.
This is a wonderful addition to the Alexia Tarabotti novels. Ms Carriger brings humor to the delightful paranormal mystery. The language is truly that of the uptight, old world British empire which persuades the reader into believing you are in the time and place - listening in. She tells the continuing story of the soulless lady now married to the roughish werewolf off on another venture that centers around his former pack and the mystery of the humanization plague. Cute that from their point of view being made human again is considered a sickness or malady. Fun new characters are introduced with wildly prominent personalities for their given parts. The sister is self centered to a fault and the "inventor" cracks you up with her masculine voice, clothes and demeanor.
Well worth the credit, the book is completely entertaining and light, quick paced and delightfully quirky. The one bummrer that brought the rating down from 4 to 5 stars is the "cliffhanger " ending. One is forced to buy the next installment to get any closure on the couple's debacle. I of course will buy it, but feel a little cheated. Good thing Carriger's writing is so playful and enticing.
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"
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