Fantasy, romance, steampunk

Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

blameless by gail carriger

Title: Blameless
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Length: 384, Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

Warning: Spoilers for the first and second books possibly in blurb and review!

Click to see previous book reviews for the series – First book: Soulless Second book: Changeless

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.

While this book didn’t live up to Soulless, it was better than Changeless. I feel like this says a lot but Changeless was really good until the last five pages or so. (sorry I’m saying this again but I’m still not over it.)

I liked that there was more action. I liked that Alexia’s views on life and herself didn’t change because of the baby but I also liked that she was emotional. Well, as emotional as Alexia can get. She cried and was upset about what happened with Conall but she was still practical and independent.

As usual I loved all the side characters. Madame Lefoux was hilarious and charming but still a bit mysterious. I also hold that Floote is still by far my favorite character in the series.

The plot was better this time and I definitely liked this ending more than the last one. I can’t really complain about much.

Then why only a four folded page review you ask??

That’s because something just felt kind of off for me. I liked the plot more. I liked that Alexia had more action but it also felt slow. Overall the characters were still mostly themselves but I think some of the characters had minor out-of-character (OOC) moments mostly stemmed from the OOC moments in Changeless and I didn’t enjoy that.

For me, this is a solid installment in the series but so far none of the sequels quite live up to Soulless.

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