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Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  26,298 ratings  ·  2,758 reviews
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ahhhhhhhh...this was just what I needed. After suffering a cerebral edema brought on by “big idea” overload from reading Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia (review to come), this breezy, charming comfort read was the perfect curative to alleviate the swelling in my brain pan.

While tagged as a constituent of the paranormal romance genre (one of the few that holds little interest for me), I think this series (through the first two at least) is more aptly described as an Austenesque comedy of manners...wi
The Flooze
FYI, intrepid readers: Do NOT read the blurbage/description for Blameless (book 3 of the series) until after you have read Changeless. It contains a major spoiler.

I am in a state. Changeless has a twist of an ending that I could not possibly have considered, and it has left me bereft and confused and so distraught that I’m not sure how Miss Carriger will fix the situation. I just…ugh! I’m wide-eyed and slack-jawed with shock and still shaking my head and I think I will continue doing so until we
*Originally read 9/13/10 - 9/15/10*

*This is actually a 2 1/2 star book for me*

I really can't believe how disappointing I found this book. I thought the first book, Soulless, was so fun and fresh! I'm quite amazed that this one tanked so spectacularly for me.

A lot of the things that drew me into the first book were missing here. I was actually pretty bored throughout most of it. It felt incredibly tedious and drawn out. Now, the voice is still the same - which is a huge plus for me. Alexia is a
mark monday
sure, i like candy. what's not to like? it's a sweet, brightly-hued thing to eat. but candy is not guilt-free. it is not substantial. it's not even the best dessert item out there. now chocolate, that's a dessert. chocolate can be sexy, right? when it's hot, chocolatey things get messy. on the other hand, candy is not really very sexy. it's cute - but it's too instantly disposable to be sexy. candy is for kids. now ice cream - that's a great dessert. i can spend some time with it. it is a more n ...more
3.5/5 stars
I didn't like this one as much as the first one unfortunately, HOWEVER I still loved Alexia and the overall story and I'm interested to see where it goes!
3.5 stars

This series is so much fun. The witty banter, the mysteries, the steam-punk aspect, I love it all.

That being said, I didn't enjoy Changeless as much as the first book. It took awhile for things to get moving, and once it did it felt a little anticlimactic. When the 'big reveal' came all I could think was "that's it?" Don't get me wrong, I highly enjoyed this story, I just wish there was more... Well, just more.

I've heard the next book is where things start to get really good and I can't
Original review: Need. Blameless. NOW.
And here's what I thought once I got my hands on it.
[Hint: "There are knees positively everywhere!" = best. line. ever.]
The Holy Terror
Dare I say, better than the first? I do have to give fair warning that the end will make you wish it was September already and you had Blameless in your hands. But, can you really consider that a bad thing? I also have to confess that I actually woke up in the middle of the night and my first thought was of Alexia; poor poor Alexia. The ending is heartwrenching to say the least, it just made me so sad and I can't imagine how things are going to work out. But they have to work out, right? Right?! ...more
I’ve just finished a book where I didn’t want to read too fast, but couldn’t stop myself even if I wanted to. There are not many books I can think of that have engaged all my senses, where I’m wrapped up in the story and overall love and hard work put into the words, where I was utterly lost in the world the author has created.

Such a book that has evoking such strong feelings is Gail Carriger’s Changeless, the second book in her Parasol Protectorate featuring Alexia Maccon, The Lady Woolsey. Ale
Wicked Incognito Now

I'm so upset right now, I just want to cry for Alexia. Because for goodness' sake, the poor woman has no soul! She can't cry for herself!!!

Alright, I'm not going to be all spoilery. I'm just going to say what others have already--there is a cliffhanger with this one, so make sure you've got Blameless on hand before reading it. Also, don't read the Blameless blurb BEFORE reading Changeless. I was given this sage advice by my wonderful Goodreads friends, and it was good advice indeed.

Now--as for C
I had an interesting conversation with my husband last week and I told him about this genre of writing called Steampunk. He scratched his head and I explained that there were all sorts of mechanical gadgets, usually powered by steam, usually set in Victorian England, and that there are now a lot of novels that are set in the world of Steampunk.
The other day he told me that he saw a reference to Steampunk in a Tech Republic newsletter and he was so proud that he knew what it was.

Changeless fits
these books are bad, no really they are terrible.

so you ask why did I read the second? why am I currently reading the third? why did I just download the audio for the 4th?



first, I didn't read them I listened to them...

second, they are kind of like watching a train wreck...

third, I am morbidly fascinated by the fact that I can't for the life of me figure out if they are suppose to be scifi novels or romance novels. there is not nearly enough sex for a romance novel, and what there
4.5 STARS read

I must admit I thought book 1 was good but that's about it. On the other hand, book 2 was AMAZING, loved every page of it! It took me a while to get into the book because the topic is so very different from everything else, but once I did I could not put it down.

I'll explain a bit for those who have not read it yet. We have this amazing soulless Italian heroine who is very practical and efficient, then we have her super sexy alpha werewolf of a husband. Both of them make such a gr

This series continues to be fun, rather absurd, sometimes witty. The pack dynamics are interesting, etc, and this book features characters I already met in the Finishing School series. It’s a little odd to see them as adults, but I rather like seeing Sidheag again, and especially Vieve. I loved the part she had to play and the way queerness is just a part of this world, sex is not dreadfully horrifying (because as most people know, the Victorians weren’t actually, well, Victorian about it),
note: Delayed review. Book read Sept. 4; review written Nov. 12 2010)
Rating: 4.5
The manner in which I enjoyed this book differed from that of the first, Soulless. This isn't the kind of book I wanted to race to finish. Instead I wanted to roll around in it. Revel in it.

Likewise, the focus of this book is ever so slightly different than its predecessor. I'd say Changeless is fairly character-driven. There are only a few settings here, and a lot of dialogue and character interaction takes place. T
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover:Still Cute
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: What an ending? I mean I knew part of it, but I’d have never guessed.
Characters: Well done
Plot: A mystery and a journey with two companions that made it more interesting.
Page Turner: Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Tunstell

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I was concerned after reading some reviews, but I enjoyed this one. The plot moved so that even though Lord Maccon wasn’t there as much as some wish, I didn’t
Ok this was a strange book for me. I've read the first one and even that sat at three stars and I wondered why I didn't mark it higher.

After finishing the book I sat and began contemplating on why it was OK and not good.

I mean it has a rather forward thinking female with an intresting ability. The Storyline was much more satisfying in this book than the last. It was intresting that there was this 'plague' that was exorcising ghosts and turning Werewolves and vampires human.

Also the new character
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
You know it is darn good thing that I have book 3, otherwise the ending for book 2 would have left me PISSED. Now, it just makes me start book 3 right away.

Stupid "husband" as Alexia always calls him. How can you just turn on poor Alexia like that? I hope a bigger, badder predator bites you in your werewolf ass!
While not quite as good as Soulless, Changeless was a delightful read and exactly what I needed to cleanse my brain after reading American Psycho. Gail Carriger writes good, funny yarns. There is a definite amount of repetition, but it can be forgiven. I can't bring myself to say that her stories and characters are original, but there is a certain freshness to her stories. Perhaps it is the way her points of view are written or the very, very mild inclusion of a few steampunk elements. Regardles ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: steampunk fans
Fun, in a lacy, girly sort of way. Certainly not anything I'd want to spend too long wearing, but enjoyable enough for a couple of hours. The characters are growing on me, or perhaps gaining depth, and a few of the new ones were fun to meet, especially Mdme. Lefoux. Even Ivy's consistently hideous hats and dramatic malapropisms were worth a chuckle. However, she did get to be a bit over-the-top; I wonder if Carriger is going for the tone of the Victorian spoof(calling Bertie)? Except dear Bertie ...more
Ugh. Please don't force me to read the next book in a series by introducing major new plot elements a few pages from the end and leaving them totally unresolved. I want to go on with a series because I'm enjoying spending time in that world, not because I was tricked by a cliffhanger ending. The ending of Changeless just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Of course, I'm more forgiving of these underhanded tactics when I've been thoroughly enjoying the reading experience up to that point. Unfor
Changless picks up about three months after Soulless, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Supernatural beings are being turned mortal and Lady Alexia Maccon must get to the bottom of this mystery.

I really love this series so far. Granted I'm only two books in but I have faith that Gail Carriger will never disappoint me. I suppose this review shall be done in as list of reasons why Changeless was great... because I can.

1. Alexia. I love to spend time with her, which is the mark of
This book is a little flat compared to the first book in the series - it seems second books in trilogies often are - but still is well worth reading. Alexia, now married, is faced with a power that is besetting London - one that seems to be able to strip supernatural beings of their power.

Sounds quite familiar. But there is just one problem. Its not her.

In a mad dash to find out what is causing this (since it becomes quite apparent that the British Empire won't do well with its werewolves and
Maria Snyder
Finally available on Audible! I'm listening to this one - I loved, loved, loved the reader for Souless and she's back for books 2 & 3, which I have. This might take me awhile to finish as I only listen in the car on longer trips :) I've heard an hour so far and am enjoying it.

OMG - what a way to end the book! The author is evil - pure evil! Of course I have to load Blameless on my GPS for my long drive to upstate NY.

These books are just plain fun - the only reason I marked it 4 stars is ther
Not quite as good as the first book. The novelty has worn off and the tone is almost too cutesy for my taste. Then again, I read it during a hectic vacation, in fits and starts at airports and hotels, so maybe it would have worked better for me in other circumstances.

There is less romance and more steampunk in this second book. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters, but the banter between Alexia and Maccon seemed forced. Particularly I got tired of them repeatedly addressing each other as
Shayantani Das
The line separating hilarious from annoying is very thin. This book is just plain annoying.

The climax is frustrating. I floated through the whole book, utterly disinterested with all the plot developments, and then suddenly the end comes along, and makes my hand itch for the 3rd part.

Darn these cliffhangers.

Darn Lord Macon(that bastard!), darn Ivy(the new miss annoying), darn Gail Carriger!

Why did I ever pick up this book!

Why not leave it after the magical first part.

Ps: new year resolution no
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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I’ve been betrayed by this series. I finished this book last night and actually put off writing my review overnight, but I am still so enraged at the events of the ending. This is made more annoying by how fun the book was up to that point. Changeless was another 3.5 star read up until that ending, which made me drop it to a singular star. Fucking plotberg off the port bow. That ending is NOT o
Bark's Book Nonsense
I adored "Soulless" but this one was a chore and a half to finish. I only did so because it's another of those damn "middle of the series" books and I keep hearing the other books are much better (they'd better be!). This one was a little bit mystery, a little bit witty comedy (I lived for those biting Alexia remarks, she's so awesomely, truthfully rude!) and a whole lot of rather uninteresting busyness a-going on here.

It's hard to pinpoint why this book couldn't hold my interest but if I had t
One reason I love this series...the author compares the physical pain shifting from human to wolf form and back to "rearranging ones parlor furniture for a party, [because it:] involved a transition from tidy to very messy to tidy once more." HAHAHA!


Holy crap!! I just finished the book and I! Thats how it ends?? Holy crap! Now I know why the next book is called Blameless.

Good grief, well the ending aside this book was incredible. The science behind the electroni
I think I enjoyed this one even a little bit more than the first Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger.

The heroine is her ever-practical, no-nonsense, bossy self, the hero is his ever-scruffy, attractive, and smitten self, and the secondary characters are, again, fabulous. Professor Lyall is joined by another mysterious individual, and although they both add to the story, there remains much hidden about them. I love that in both books, the author has used these additional characters well, developed them, but also held something b
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Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School. Her books are published in over a dozen different language. She has twelve NYT bestsellers via five different lists (including #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the ALA (for her debut Soulless) and the Prix Ju ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Parasol Protectorate (5 books)
  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
  • Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
  • Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4)
  • Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3) Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4) Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)

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