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Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Orbit
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series. It is so good the way that the author continues story lines from her first series and brings back old favourite characters. In Imprudence we meet Biffy again in very different circumstances than before and later on Floote reappears. I always had a soft spot for him and things were arranged so that he has a future in the books as well.

Of course Alexia, Conall and Dama were there, but the main characters are now Rue, Prim and Percy with their friends and subordinates Quesn
Kitty G Books
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
* I was sent this book for free from the publisher, and from audible in exchange for an honest review *

This is book #2 in this series and although it's not the final one, it's the final one for the time being whilst Carriger works on other things. This meant that I wanted to see a fairly conclusive end to where we are with the story right now in this book, and whilst I don't think it's perfect and clearly there is more to come, I am happy with the end overall.

Once again in this book we are foll
Maria V. Snyder
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did a ton of driving in February and March and had lots of time to listen to this. I'm enjoying the series and the narrator is one of my favorites - she has the perfect voice for all the characters who I love. ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Unforgettable adventures, an excellent fashion sense and ridiculous endearments helped Carriger’s books become the huge success they are today. Although she never strays away from her well established world, she always finds some way to keep it fresh and endlessly entertaining. Imprudence is perhaps the richest, most enjoyable example of her work after her debut, a book strong enough to pull in new fans, as well as satisfy the old ones.

We’re already familiar with Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon
Ashley Marie
I love that the Parasol Protectorate characters have such a strong presence in these books. It's definitely centered around Rue, Quesnel, Primrose, and Percy, but seeing old familiar faces always makes me happy. The romance aspect didn't bother me because I was used to it in the PP series, but I will admit the whole experienced-man-with-inexperienced-woman trope REALLY grated on my nerves in this book. With the precedent Gail's other books have set (interracial relationships, LGBT main character ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
3.5 stars

Great improvement over Prudence in plot, characterization, and vivacity! Many thoroughly enjoyable moments and revelations. Only negative factor is how much I disliked the romance.

Prudence and her paramour have zero chemistry. And love? Nope. Didn't feel it AT ALL.

But the plot is so much better!
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Gail Carriger fan. The Parasol Protectorate is one of the few series I wanted to own in paper copy because I love them and the covers are great. I also really enjoyed the finishing school series. The Custard Protocol...not so much.

I thought the first book was decent, maybe promising, but this second book just went wrong for me from nearly the beginning. The book seemed to be pretty much all about Rue's intimate "education" with Quesnel, and while that was okay as something they star
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
2.5 This rating truly hurts my heart. I love the parasolverse. But I can't believe political intrigues and werewolf/vampire drama in London society got replaced with one of my least favorite tropes of all time: Inexperienced virgin gets a proper "education" from the highly experienced love interest. Ugh. I hate it. ...more
I put off reading this for, like, FOREVER because I was hesitant about it. I enjoyed Prudence when I read it last year, but I didn't LOVE it. And I was scared I'd feel the same way about this one.

Thankfully, I didn't. I feel like the story in this one was more coherent, like the characters had settled into their various roles more. I loved that it dealt with stuff that came up in the final book of the Parasol Protectorate series as far as Rue's parents go. I love that there were some sneaky lit
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
[3.5 Stars] I'm an unabashed Carriger fan so it comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this one. The writing, banter, and the first half of the book were particularly fun, and the latter half trailed off a bit. May be that is because we got to see more of my favorite soulless lady, Alexia, in the first half? Navigating British supernatural politics is fascinating in this world, and I loved getting to see more of that throughout this book. I also liked the romance, but it was predictable and ...more
Amber J
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

I liked this book much more than the first. It had more going on and less focus on fashion. The romance story was much better and engaging. I know part of it is because I went with the audio version this time, but it was also just better. I was actually interested in what was going to happen next and I want
I don’t know how I can wait a whole year for the next book to release. RIP me.

– I love the characters so much: All of the characters are so fun-loving and crazy - I love it! I also simultaneously love and hate when you adore characters so much that you literally hurt when their lives are sucking at the moment.
– Adventures: The adventures they go on and the discoveries they make are both fun and thoughtful. I love that the author includes a political perspective in their amusing, crazy j
Karina Webster
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite instalment in the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol universe so far. As much as I enjoyed Alexia's adventures in PP, and I think they will still be my comfort reads, I much prefer following Rue and her friends. The writing continues to be hilarious and fun and whisks me away on the Spotted Custard. I'll admit that I could have done with a little less of certain characters being obliviously in love (just TELL each other for goodness sake) but I am rooting for all of them ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun
4.5 Stars for Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2 (audiobook) by Gail Carriger read by Moira Quirk. This is such a fun series. The narrator does a wonderful job with the voices. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
I loved both of Carriger's previous series in this universe immensely, so when I didn't love the first book in The Custard Protocol nearly as much, I was worried. I liked it, but it didn't really feel the same to me. The humor was different and I didn't connect with the characters as much.

But I gave the second book in this series a chance and I'm glad I did. Imprudence succeeds for me where Prudence failed. It gave me the same feeling I got from both the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing Schoo
Vicky Marie
Sep 12, 2016 marked it as dnf
And this is where Rue and I shall depart.

I liked Prudence well enough, so I'm surprised that upon reading this one I couldn't get into it. I couldn't connect with the characters, nor did I find them interesting. Carriger was always slow when moving the plot, but it seemed like this one didn't move at all. Seventy pages in and NOTHING had happened.

My second gripe is the romance. Alexia and Conall's relationship was fantastic. They had their ups and downs, but in the end their love was believable.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do so love this world the Gail Carriger has created! Another great adventure for the crew of The Spotted Custard!

And, ah! Floote!
It took me two years to read this... I think that says a lot. I love Gail Carriger's books, but I seem to struggle with The Custard Protocol series.

The characters are what saved the book: they're easy to love and their banter is always great. My main problem is with the plot. Just like in the first book the cast travels to a far destination to... You know what, I'm not exactly sure with what plan. It's just all a bit vague and even uninteresting.

I lost my interest around 30%, then the romance
I opened the book and immediately wanted strong, hot tea, even though it was 2:30 a.m. That's the sense memory of these series by Carriger. I liked this book much more than I liked Prudence. It gave me that feeling of comfort of visiting with familiar friends that both Prudence and Etiquette & Espionage didn't. Though it was often quite harsh toward my dear Alexia. But daughters and mamas…sometimes they don't always see each other as outsiders might. What I think is charming and amusing might no ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I feel like I don't talk about how much I love Gail Carriger's brand of steampunk and her sense of humor. I just can't resist Gail Carriger's world. Rue has quickly become one of my all time favorite characters. Plus, it's always delightful to see Lord Akeldama. If you enjoy high-flying adventure, laugh out loud humor, and a dash of romance, you'll need to pick up Gail Carriger's novels. I can't wait to read Competence, the next installment of the The Custard Protocol. ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t as crazy about Prudence as I had hoped to be, but the way things developed towards the end of the book left me excited to see what Imprudence would bring us. I can honestly say I enjoyed Imprudence so much more than I enjoyed Prudence. If I’m completely honest, it’s mostly because of the events at the beginning of the book.

With Prudence, I was disappointed by the lack of appearances made by the cast of the Parasol Protectorate series. I know the two are separate stories, but the two are
Claire Rousseau
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lady Prudence Akeldama Maccon and her crew fly the Spotted Custard to Egypt to convey Lord & Lady Maccon to the only place they can safely retire. After leaving both of her parents under the influence of the Godbreaker Plague, Prudence continues further inland in search of a secretive pride of werelionesses. Her voyage is complicated by the carnal relationship she shares with her chief engineer, and the tensions it is causing amidst the crew.

The latest novel in Gail Carriger's steampunky, Victo
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gail Carriger is such a fun author. There is nothing resembling literature to be found on her pages, but there is so much fun! And not a little risky business presented in such clean terms that they are even more titillating than they would be if presented as R-rated dialogue!

I classify these as Steampunk-lite. You don't get chemistry or engineering lessons, but Carriger throws in enough that smacks of reality that you can almost imagine Rue's Spotted Custard soaring the world in the same way it
3.5 ⭐️

I enjoy reading this book immensely but I can’t justify giving it a higher rating. The plot is just too thin like a turkey & cheese croissant with more cheese and rather tiny turkey. Rue is a dear and I just love her to bits. She is perfectly imperfect. The appeal of this book is the characters, even the extras are unforgettable.

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Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

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Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book picks up right where the first one left off. My biggest issue with this series in particular is that the pacing is really slow, when I’m used to Carriger’s books being constantly fast paced and entertaining. This one has specific scenes that are action packed and some that are full of crazy and unexpected situations but its definitely not the ent
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~Full review appears on The Bent Bookworm~

I’ve been waiting so long on this book! I had so many expectations. As I’ve stated before – I love the world Carriger has created. I’ve read every single book (not all the short stories yet, I’m working on those!) and enjoyed them all. I love the characters. I love hunting for references to the various storylines in the different series. When I sit down with a Gail Carriger book, it’s like sitting down with an old friend and hearing what they’ve been up
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I like Imprudence better than Prudence the first book in the Custard Protocols. Once again Prudence and her crew are off in the Spotted Custard, her airship. Part of the book finishes out the Parasol Protectorate; something I had wondered about. As it turns out everything happens as planned in the last book Timeless. From there Pru and friends are off in another interesting adventure. This could be the last book in the series as things ended on a high note for Rue and Quesnel. We will see if the ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful continuation of the Custard Protocol. There are at least two more books scheduled for this series; although Carriger said on her blog that the next Custard Protocol book will not be released until 2018...sadness :-( All the books in this series have been incredibly entertaining and just a ton of fun.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was excellent. The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself crea
Why does it seem like every time Rue turns around, someone is attacking her airship the Spotted Custard, [although likely Spotted Ladybird (since this is England after all) would be a better name]? The Spotted Custard and Rue are needed to help her father and set sail for Egypt. There, mysteries start to unravel as well as multiply until Rue realizes that family history is more than boring speeches by her disliked mother but highly relevant to her own life. And the unbirth of a former butler/val ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned this book.
While there is nothing wrong with learning "French" as Rue puts it, that is not the reason I like steampunk; that is another genre in my opinion.
It made me sad to stop reading before the end of the book because Carriger's Protectorate series and Finishing School series were such fun reads. I recommended them to friends and students alike.
But if this is the direction Carriger is headed, I am finished with her version of escaping into books.
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