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Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)

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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, t
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Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Orbit
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Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Souless was down right magical. Changeless had it moments but was all over the place. I probably would've have never finished it if a pal hadn't told me a spoiler connected to bk 3; that compelled me to push through so I could read Blameless. Blameless was slightly less irksome than Changeless, but still had whole sections where I had to force myself not to skim.

I'm not a big fan when slews of new characters are introduced, or too much focus on introduced side characters that don't significantly
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Katie(babs)
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The Flooze
Killer ladybugs! Nightgowned knights! Floote fighting?! Not to mention lots of pesto…Blameless has it all!

Even though I haven’t been left in a tizzy by this installment (no cliffhanger this time, intrepid readers), I’m still anxious to get my hands on the next book. Ohhh, July--why art thou so far away?

Looking back, I’ll admit I had a few issues with the second in thee series, Changeless. It was entertaining, but compared to the shininess that was Soulless it faltered in terms of plot cohesion
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David Edmonds
Gail Carriger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: La Diva Tarabotti. Lord Akeldama. Pesto. Formaldehyde. Templars. Biffy. Floote. Lord Maccon. "Parassault." Killer ladybugs. Vampires. Werewolves. Seriously, I could just go on and on and on about how I love Gail Carriger. And what do all of these tidbits (and more!) add up to? The latest, delicious volume in the Parasol Protectorate series.

Spoilers Ahead!

Blameless, the latest offering from Gail Carriger in her Parasol Protectorate series,
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valee
This book was just TERRIBLE! Definitely the worst I have read in quite a while. I'm only giving 2 stars to it because I still love the characters and the sense of humor the author has, but seriously this book was so not worth it. Since page 1 to the last one I was praying for it to end faster. It took me forever to finish it and only because I just could not stand any of the pages in it.

First of all, there is NOT any romance in this installment. The previous ones had not much as well but this on
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3.5

Another fun and witty entry, though perhaps not quite as good as the others. Still, couldn't bring myself to give it anything less than 4 stars. I did still quite enjoy it - enough to finish it in two days.

I especially liked seeing so much of Professor Lyall and Floote.

Conall was forgiven too easily, but at least he realized how much of an ass he was and went to some lengths to make amends.

And, best of all, this one did not end in a dreadful cliffhanger, though there are quite enough thread
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Donna
Faced with private heartbreak and public scandal, Alexia loses her strongest protection just as she needs it the most. She leaves for Italy, hoping to avoid dangerous enemies and learn more about her preternatural state. Alexia's search might get her some answers, but it also leads to a new danger.

I enjoyed the travel and adventure aspects of this one, and it was nice to see the people Alexia left behind in England dealing with the threats on that end. But Conall's behavior at the end of the pre
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Lightreads
The Indecisive Cheese Theory of series fiction

See, it’s like when you’re handed a new kind of cheese, right? And you take a nibble and you think, “huh! Cheese! Yeah, okay. Kinda creamy, a little light, nice steampunk flavor as it finishes. I like it!”

So you take a bigger bite, and you think, “well, but hang on, there was something a bit funny going on with the aftertaste. And that sex scene was just absurd. I don’t like that . . . I think?”

But you’re not sure, so you take another bite, because a
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In real life, a ladybug is a small, red, spotted flying insect. In Blameless, a ladybug becomes a most lethal mechanical contraption, able to poison or subdue, and most likely to explode.

Blameless continues where Changeless left us hanging. I really do like this series and I have rated this book rather high, but – I felt that there were a lot of things lacking in this instalment of the story. There were things that were done right as well.

I’ll start with the things done right. First of all, the
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Wicked Incognito Now
Don't read this review if you haven't read Changeless yet.
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Okay. So we left off with Alexia, pregnant and outcast by her husband who assumes she must've been cheating!!!! Wha??? How could he????

In this novel, our usually jolly Alexia is replaced by a very disoriented and sad Alexia. It's very heartbreaking. And as it turns out....every vampire IN THE WORLD wants her dead. So, she decides to vacate England and go off in search of information on the history of supernatural/preternatural br
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Denae
I don't know quite how I would explain why I love Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series so much, but I really do. While not so good as the others, Blameless has that same mixture of wit and "d'aww" reaction that I enjoyed in the previous books. As always, Alexia is involved in crazy adventures and Conall rages about wildly. Well, that isn't all, but it does take up a fair amount. Basically, I continue to recommend these books to those who like Regency romances, even though these are set in ...more
Sylvia Sybil
Given Ms. Carriger's habit of ending books with a plot twist, this review will contain spoilers for Soulless and Changeless. In other words, go read those right away and come back.
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So, when we left Lady Maccon she had just discovered she was in a state of infant-inconvenience, which was most distressing given that werewolves were previously thought sterile. Accused of infidelity and worse by her wolf husband, Alexia flees home to her horrible family in disgrace.

Now that the scandal has bro
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover:Interesting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Still enjoying this series as much as the first
Characters: Well done
Plot: Spunky Alexia isn’t one to sit back and whine. She gets into action.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.?Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Professor Lyall

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Does anyone else want a HEA for Professor Lyall. I almost thought for a second something might happen between him and Biffy. Wishful thinking I guess. I admire Alexia and even though she’s
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Brandi ;)
I used to have a rule that I would never read books in a series back to back. So if I read book #1 of a particular series, then I would read a couple other books not in that series in between before going back to said series and reading book #2. I have my reasons, I'm not crazy ... well, ok, not that crazy, but my reasons where good for me. I basically didn't want to like a series and then overdose on the series and end up having love/hate feeling over the series cause I didn't back off when I s ...more
Kerstin
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Samrat
So, I'm pretty much over this series. I'll probably keep reading because I generally like Alexia, but there's not much going on here.

I am critical of authors who spend so much time painting the scenery that they neglect the plot, but similarly am I disappointed when they fail to even mention a character's surroundings. Carriger doesn't spend one minute to describe the dirigible - again - so why'd she even bother to put it in there? Look, if you're going to completely ignore your character's surr
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Penny Watson
Oh! How I have been waiting with bated breath for the release of Blameless. I adored Soulless and Changeless--both wonderful, funny, sexy, inventive and one-of-a-kind steampunk/paranormal romances. The "romance" at the end of that description is intentional and very, very important in my opinion. The reason those books sparkled, sang, and popped was because of the fantastic chemistry between Alexia and Conall. She is a no-nonsense soulless heroine, primed for adventure and preoccupied with prope ...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
Fabulous 3rd book! I loved it so much I could not put it down.

Positives:
*Alexia kicks butt well being preg. She kicks her sorry husband's but into gear as well.
*Channing comes in as the Knight in Shining armor, you get to see a better side of him.
*Lord Maccon is still just as stubborn, but comes through for Alexia even in his state of drunkeness.
*Happy ending and great lead into the next book.

Negatives:
*Not a huge fan of the way Lord Maccon throw Alexia out to fend for herself while pregnant. Ki
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Dara
Three books in and I love Alexia Maccon even more. Gail Carriger created such a fun, independent, intelligent character that I'd read 20 novels about Alexia. Since I talked so much in my review of Changeless about how I adore Alexia, I'll try to refrain from doing so here. But it will be hard.

Blameless finds out heroine cast out of Woolsey Castle by her husband Conall for indiscretion and Alexia is forced back home with her insufferable mother and half-sisters. After all of London's society lear
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Deena
I was absolutely delighted to get my mits on this - I've been waiting impatiently since the second title - and it is heartbreaking to know that I will have to wait until next summer for the fourth.

This was very nearly as good as the first one, and I liked it much better than the second. Some of the prose seems rather forced in this volume, and it is not until near the end of the book that Ms. Carriger really hits her stride, I think. I'm still not wild about Madame Lefoux, but I enjoyed Msr. Tro
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Laurel
Jan 04, 2012 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Gail Carriger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

A feast of a supporting cast, each more befuddlingly unique and lovable than the last!

A charming style of speech that just gives you a slight grin the entire time you are reading!

A well thought out, and I must say, deceptively clever plot that is unravelling nicely....

Finally, a rip roaring adventuress who is not afraid to be who she is, love whomever she likes, and enjoy life to its fullest.

What a great book!
Blodeuedd Finland
I have been waiting for this book since that evil cliffhanger in book 2, the one that had me craving this book. It may not have been an evil cliffhanger in this book, but I still want book 4. But the wait, oh so long.


Spoilers from previous books will follow.


Alexia has moved in with her horrible family after Conall threw her out, that wicked beast, but then he is dead, and she is pregnant. To get to bottom of this she heads to Italy and to try to get some answers from The Templars, who hunts all
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Gemma
Again a solid three stars for this book and now after reading the third in this series i now see why I find it so hard to fully engage in them

Now, I'm not sure if this is the writers style, but i now see that there is a pattern. There is a (very) slow build up and then in the last handful of chapters, the story kicks into gear, only to be wrapped up with the usual alexi and Conall chapter.

And here lies the problem, for it takes so long for the story to actually pick up. I found myself getting re
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Jessica
Now that's more like it! I freely admit that when I started this book, I didn't have very many hopes for the story, beyond a conclusion to the "cliff-hanger" from Changeless. I was pleasantly surprised to get so much more than that.

The easy, charming, undeniably witty writing that so captivated me in Soulless was back with a vengeance. I found I was once again pleased to be running alongside Alexia, Floote, Madame Lefoux, Lyall and Conall. They were true to their first introductions (and a bit m
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Jelis
Third in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, this book is just rollicking good fun. Unlike most supernatural romances, it doesn't come over all melodramatic or take itself too seriously. It also doesn't have much of a plot, but then, if you're looking for plot in a romance, you are in the wrong genre. Instead, what this book--and indeed this entire series--has in abundance is witty humour and very likeable characters. The real reason I like this series so much though is the way it ...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
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Cedar
I love the whole world that has been created in The Parasol Protectorate, however.... It's so annoying when you start a review with a however! For me I felt that this book lacked some of the humor through observation that the previous two had.

Alexia is still her stubborn self, coated in tight fitting corsets, figure flattering dresses and one ugly but useful parasol, however for one so observing, it is disconcerting to see her not notice the advance of Madam Lefoux's advances. In saying that wh
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Catherine
I read the first two books in this series last year and didn’t plan to continue, despite already owning this book. I found the second book too different from Soulless in pacing and character development. Added to that, I was very unhappy with the hero’s behavior at the end of Changeless and couldn’t imagine being able to fall into his character again and enjoy their relationship. Too many burned bridges, you know? But all that changed recently.

Lately, I’ve been using audiobooks to pass the time
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Sath
**warning: contains spoilers for books 1 and 2**

Lady Alexia Maccon is reduced to moving back in with her family. And it's all Lord Maccon's fault. It being common knowledge that Supernaturals cannot sire children. Her being increasingly *ahem* delicate (view spoiler). And him of course being an emotionally turbulent werewolf, prone to jumping to conclusions in anger.

Poor Alexia, alienated from her husband, being the scandalous talk of the town, ousted from the shado
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I think the gloss is falling off this series for me. I had fun with the first one, and I do still enjoy the stories and the characters, but they are becoming more annoying and I'm finding myself less and less patient with Carriger's style and tone here. It's so exuberant and so determined to be silly. She rather belabours the point, especially in her trying "Britishness".

This third outing follows on from the dramatic ending of book 2, Changeless - which I won't spoil, not to worry! But it does
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“I mean to say, really, I am near to developing a neurosis - is there anyone around who doesn't want to study or kill me?"
Floote raised a tentative hand.
"Ah, yes, thank you, Floote."
"There is also Mrs Tunstell, madam," he offered hopefully, is if Ivy were some kind of consolation prize.
"I notice you don't mention my fair-weather husband."
"I suspect, at this moment, madam, he probably wants to kill you."
Alexia couldn't help smiling. "Good point.”
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