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Prudence

Prudence

Prudence (The Custard Protocol: Book One) by Gail Carriger

Published 3/17/15

Prudence (Rue to her friends) has been raised by Lord Akeldama (a vampire), while her mother Alexia (preternatural – one who has no soul) and father Conall (a werewolf) are living in his 3rd closet next door. Rue is a metantural, and has the ability to neutralize and temporarily steal supernatural powers. Set about 20 years after the events of The Parasol Protectorate series, Prudence is now a very proper young lady and has been given a dirigible and given the mission to get some very special tea from India. She promptly painted it red and black to look like a giant ladybug and named the ship “The Spotted Custard”. Her best friend Primrose is coming as her companion, along with Prim’s brother Percy (the resident scholar) and the rogue engineer Quesnel. Once they get to India, they realize that things are not as they seem. A brigadier general’s wife has been abducted and with the help of some very familiar werewolves, Rue and her crew set out to find her and the reason why she was abducted. Recommended for ages 16+, 4 stars.

I have been waiting for this book forever, ever since finishing the last book in The Parasol Protectorate series, which I adored. This book was awesome and definitely worth the wait, though I had to re-read Timeless as I couldn’t remember anything from it because it had been 3 years since I read it. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot-line, but suffice it to say, there are way more were-creatures than you can possibly imagine. Miss Sekhmet was a very intriguing character as well, and I’m hoping we will see more of her as the series progresses.

As other reviews I have read have mentioned, there was a distinct lack of romance in this book. The author several times hinted at a possibility, but it seems we’ll have to wait till the second book for that scenario to come to fruition. The book was hilarious, as is usual with her books, usually involving occasions where Rue has stolen someone’s powers and then in left bereft of clothing and has to walk back starkers, or arguments with her mama. In Chapter Seven, there is this quote about vampires: “One could not blame people for not disliking vampires. Vampires were like Brussels sprouts – not for everyone and impossible to improve upon with sauce.” Or that section in Chapter nine where she basically propositions Quesnel to tutor her in the ways of l’amour, “in a trial position…a low risk, scientifically experimental situation,” which pretty much scandalizes playboy (despite his reputation). There is a lot of negativity towards foreigners, especially those who are not white skinned, but that goes with the time period the book is set in (i.e. the 1890s).

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats and Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry: Finishing School – Book the Third by Gail Carriger

To be published: Nov 4, 2014

 

Sophronia and her friends are using all their spy skills in the real world in the third book of the Finishing School series. In this volume, Sidheag gets some distressing news at the end of the 2nd term of Finishing School and immediately must leave for home. Sophronia (with Bumbersnoot in tow of course) and Dimity have been invited to the engagement ball of Sophronia’s brother, and Dimity’s brother Pillover and Lord Felix Mersey have been invited as well. Sophronia is still trying to sort out her feelings for both the sootie Soap and Felix, and events in this book definitely make it harder for her to choose between them. She is also trying to decide if she would like the patronage of Lord Akeldama, who has already sent her several gifts, or another patron such as the Queen. Between plots with vampires and the Pickleman to stolen trains and surprise endings, this third book really packs a punch!

As soon as I saw this book was about to come out in November, I jumped on Netgalley to see if it was available. Thankfully it was and I was allowed to preview a copy. The author left the ending pretty open, but I was glad to know that she had planned one more book in the series before ending it. I loved the idea of a steel fan turned weapon and its use on the book cover. I also loved that this book is like a direct precursor to The Parasol Protectorate series of books. Recommended for ages 12+, 4-1/2 stars.

Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Mark of the Dragonfly

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Mark of the Dragonfly

I got this book as an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley, and the summary sounded interesting so I decided to get it a go. The beginning was a little slow, but I quickly found myself invested in the characters and reacting along with them as the story progressed. I especially liked the addition of the feisty green-eyed boy with many talents. This sci-fi book had elements of dystopia and steampunk in it as well.

 The main character Piper is an orphaned junk scrapper on the planet of Solara, in the MerrowKingdom, who makes her living fixing machines that have fallen to the ground from the sky from other planets. Her friend Micah is caught out during the meteor shower and she goes to rescue him. He is unconscious but survives and she also find an unconscious girl who was part of a caravan whose remaining passengers have died. She takes the girl back to her house but she has amnesia and can only remember her name, Anna. Piper discovers a dragonfly tattoo on the girl’s arm. A man comes looking for Anna but Piper doesn’t want to give him to her, as his intentions seem a little sketchy. She runs to the 401, a supply train heading to the neighboring DragonflyKingdom and when they see Anna’s tattoo, they let the both of them on the train heading for the capital city. Will Anna and Piper be able to really escape from the mysterious man who seems determined to keep Anna for himself? Will Anna be able to regain her memory and find her family? To find out, read this exciting adventure. I loved this book and would love to see more books with these characters. Recommended for ages 10+, 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest  review.

His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co., Book 1, Part 2) by Lynn Viehl

His Lordship Possessed

I was really excited to read this second part of the first book after the first part was so good. I really enjoyed this second book, though it was almost like the author was trying to squeeze too much information in this book instead of perhaps trying to make it several books (like this should’ve been Book 2 of the series instead of Part 2 of Book 1). The excess information/story kind of bogged down the book in the middle and made it a little hard to slosh through. However the ending was well-done and I was surprised (in a good way) at all the storyline revealed by the end of it. I can’t wait to read the 2nd book in the series!

In this volume, Kit has escaped from Dredmore, the deathmage, only to be captured by the police and brought to court on use of magic charges, of course orchestrated by the wealthy Nolan Walsh, who seems to want to reek vengeance on her for meddling in his affairs. She manages to get out of those charges only to land in an even bigger crazier mess involving her dead grandfather Harry, whose ghost she can see and Dredmore, and evil forces set on destroying Toriana, from Rumsen to the rest of the country. Will she be able to stop the dark forces from overtaking Rumsen and her and the town’s way of life? Will Kit and Dredmore ever sort out their feelings for each other? To find out read the exciting conclusion to Book 1 of Disenchanted & Co. 4 stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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