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Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Title: Heartless
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Parasol Protectorate, book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Publisher: Orbit
Format: E-book
“Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?”
Heartless is book four in The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. 

I have forgotten how good and hilariously smart these books were, ok with the exception of the previous book Blameless… nobody is perfect.

In this installment, eight months pregnant Alexia is running around London solving problems left and right, avoiding assassination attempts and trying to find out the truth about a tip received from an unknown ghost about a plot to kill the Queen. The infant-inconvenience makes things more difficult for her and funnier for us. It’s not just her humongous size that makes her slow down and be tired. But more important is her appetite; everything reminds her of food and when Alexia is hungry, Alexia needs to eat.

She seemed to spend all her time either eating or dozing-sometimes dozing while eating and, once or twice, eating while dozing. Pregnancy had given her a new window into the human capacity for consumption.

It has got to the point that all member of The Pack are carrying food with them in case Alexia gets hungry. And don’t even put a Treacle Tart in front of her, everything will pass to a second place after the tart.

I love Alexia and Lord Maccon relationship. Alexia is all proper and ladylike while Maccon doesn’t care a bit for society rules. I love how much they enjoy their discussions, as much as their more private activities.

Lord Maccon barked at his wife authoritatively. Lord Maccon was always barking at his wife, the form of his body mattering not one jot.
Alexia dismissed the commanding tone…

All the characters we love from previous books Lord Akeldama, Professor Lyall, Ivy Tunstall, Madam Lefoux, Biffy, Floote and even stupid Felicity are present in this book and a new and tiny one made his/her debut.
Some secrets from the past are shared and some others have been left to be discover. I really would like to know everything Floote knows and hope Mrs. Carriger would share his knowledge with us in the next and last installment of this series, Timeless.

One of my favorite scenes is when the Parasol Protectorate is officially created and its first member does her pledge to the secret organization. That scene was just perfect.

My final thought: After a little bit of a disappointment with Blameless, Mrs. Carriger restored my faith in her with Heartless. This is one of those books you cannot judge by its cover, because (in my opinion) the cover is hideous but the book is great. (I don’t know why they change the format of the cover; the previous covers were thousand times better.)
Heartless is a funny, entangling book with a good plot, some twist and turns and very interesting and different characters.
The steampunk factor is perfectly balance with the story, it doesn’t feel overwhelming or steals the spot from the characters.
In my opinion Heartless is the best book in the series and I can’t wait for March of next year to read Timeless.
This book is not a stand-alone and it should be read as part of the series and the series should be read in order.
I recommend this book and this series to all Steampunk lovers, or paranormal historical fans or anyone who would like to read a nice, different and fun book.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Timeless (03/01/2011)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. True book 3 was a bit meh, but I am glad this one made me realise why this series is great :D

  2. Blodeuedd, Me too. I was reading it and falling in love with the series for a second time.

  3. Yeah...the cover's sort of odd. Okay, it's way odd. I read the first book and quite enjoyed it...but never found the will to want to read book two. I'm glad at least this book was a really good one. :)

  4. Great Review! I've heard a lot of talk about this series both good and bad...I'm officially going to have to check it out. I've had book 1 sitting on my TBR list forever!!! Hopefully I can get to it sooner than later!

  5. Julie, Book two was good, book three was..., and this one, book four was really good. I really enjoy it.

    Deanna, You should give it a try, it's a very different series but very entertaining. I really like it, and this last book was great!


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