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Sans forme (Parasol Protectorate #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  33,474 Ratings  ·  3,343 Reviews
Miss Alexia Tarabotti est devenue Lady Alexia Woolsey. Un jour qu’elle se réveille de sa sieste, s’attendant à trouver son époux gentiment endormi à ses côtés comme tout loup-garou qui se respecte, elle le découvre hurlant à s’en faire exploser les poumons. Puis il disparaît sans explication... laissant Alexia seule, aux prises avec un régiment de soldats non-humains, une ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Orbit (first published April 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
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

DNF at 60%. This was not as good as book 1, which I gave five stars. The pacing was slow and the plot was weak, in my view. I just didn't care what was causing the supernaturals to not be supernatural anymore. The werewolves couldn't shift, ghosts were getting exorcised, vampires were becoming mortal again. But it just went on and on and nothing much really happened.

Maccon was gone for most of the book and then I spoiled myself since I knew I was DNFing this anyway and does something at the end
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
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That ending though!
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Not as good as the first one, but still pretty great. I'm loving the way she's building the world out through new characters and concepts. I'm super mad at a certain character right now, though.

It was inevitable that I wasn't going to like this one as much as the first, because I just have this thing about reading initial romances. It was enjoyable reading about Alexia and Lord Maccon's married relationship here, but it wasn't as purely *fun* as their courtship in book one. Also, the rest of the
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.]
Shannon (formerly 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
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
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
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
Continuing on with this series has been a good time. A unique urban fantasy steampunk with a suspenseful twist is a fun mash-up not to be missed. The heroine is a tartar and keeps everyone on their toes

Changeless is book two in the Parasol Protectorate series. These are an ongoing cast of characters with some ongoing plot threads even if new conflicts come with each book so they are best read in order.

In this installment, Alexia and Conall have been enjoying a bit of peace getting used to marria
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
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
joyce g
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gail Carriger is just inventively delightful. Long live parasols!!
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

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
For all the pronunciation differences between this and the Finishing School books, I still enjoyed the audio immensely. Emily Gray did a fantastic job and I'm dying for book three, not in the least thanks to that ending. "What could happen in the final 5-10 minutes?" Ohhhh buddy. I won't be asking that question again when it comes to Gail Carriger's books. Wuff.

I loved the inclusion of Sidheag Maccon and Genevieve Lefoux, two of my Finishing School favorites. The timelines get a bit mixed up in
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
mon avis en Français

My English review

J’étais un peu anxieuse de me lancer dans ce second tome. Je ne savais pas comment il était possible de faire un deuxième roman aussi bien que le premier. En effet je me demandais ce que l’auteur pourrait bien narrer étant donné que pour moi le premier volume se finissait de telle manière qu’il était difficile de continuer l’histoire de nos héros. Mais je m’étais trompée, et même si c’est vrai que j’ai préféré le roman précédent, j’ai vraiment aussi beaucoup
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires

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),
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!
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
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
Took me awhile to get thru this one. kept getting distracted. says alotta about a book if it cant hold my attention. yet. yet i kept coming back to it- and I'm glad I did.

a mysterious event has occured in London. for a time, all the supernaturals lose their super...ness. almost as if sections of London have touched the preternatural Lady Alexia Tarabotti Maccon all at once.

To solve the mystery Lady Maccon travels to Scotland- where her husband Conall has absconded off to with no warning. Meanwh
Maria V. Snyder
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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NYT Bestseller Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G.L. Carriger). Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsel ...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)

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