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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  37,911 ratings  ·  2,871 reviews
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, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the f ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Orbit (first published September 1st 2010)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just love ole Lyall! I prob spelled that wrong as I listened to it instead of reading my paperback!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
This one picked up right where the last one left off. Given that I did not like the ending of the last one, I was irritated with the ‘situation’ through most of this book. 😠 But it did have a lot of adventure and I did enjoy the side characters. 👍 I will continue the series, as I’m curious as to what will happen next.
Three stars for this one because although I liked it, I like it less than the first two books. There was still a lot of good stuff going on though.

Some of the characters in Blameless are just great. I loved the imperturbable Floote and the endlessly put upon Lyall. Alexia is always good and often very funny especially the way she thinks and refers to her pregnancy as "the infant-inconvenience". Unfortunately I do not care for Lord Maccon who, especially in this book, is a thoughtless oaf. There.
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
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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Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Marie
After the way book two ended, I have to say this was still quite enjoyable. I thought Alexia wallowed for an adequate amount of time, considering the way Conall acted toward her to begin with, and even though she was obviously still heartbroken over what had happened, she compartmentalized enough for it to take a backseat to what was going on. I was a bit disappointed that they seemed to make up rather quickly (which might steer this more toward a high 3.5 rating), but I don't expect a ton from ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, vampires
Huge as F cliffhanger at the end of book 2, so come at me, book 3

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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,
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reread in February 2021:
Upgrading this from 3 to 4 stars because I think this is still a solid book, despite its flaws. I still agree with myself: I don't think their... situation was resolved in a way that was remotely emotionally satisfying. Reading what happened at the end of book 2 and at the end of book 3 back to back, knowing that they didn't talk even once in between those scenes, is honestly upsetting. It makes for a missed opportunity for some serious pining, grovelling and emotionally
This series continues to be witty, fluffy fun. It’s really difficult not to just read one of these books in one sitting. They go down like ice cream on a hot day.

With the exception of this one thing that I’ll get to later, there really isn’t much to say about this book. Carriger’s writing continues to be witty and fun, and sly in all the best ways. Her sense of humor is definitely in line with mine. Her characters are flawed and lovable. Her sense of atmosphere is impeccable.

Basically, if you li
The Flooze
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Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book was really, really good and so far definitely my favourite of all of the books in this series so far. I thought that this book started off really well with a much more explosive and fast-paced beginning than the previous books and I definitely felt like I could get back into the story and characters very easily. The story itself follows Alexia once again as she is the main character and in this book we are thrust in to the deep end because the ending of book 2 is truly explosive. Alexi ...more
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
I had a lot of fun with this! Lots of laugh out loud moments, loved the witty writing, and the fast pace. I was mad at Conall from what he did in the last book, but I didn't stay mad at him for long.

As usual the narration is perfection! Emily Gray nails all the accents wonderfully!
Wicked Incognito Now
Don't read this review if you haven't read Changeless yet.
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
rachel ☾
look, i have some serious issues with this series but this was exactly what i needed right now.

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
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
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
Hm. I wish Conall had been made to grovel rather more than this, after his reaction in the last book; I especially wish that his horrible comments to Alexia weren’t just stupidity and were actually driven by a real fear of betrayal. That would make me feel less annoyed if he had some foundation for the way he treated her. Gah. Still, this book does allow Genevieve, Floote and Professor Lyall to shine. And get up to hijinks.

The series continues to be absurd, fun, and relatively inconsequential, w
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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
Anna lost in stories *A*
This is the third installment in a steampunk series with some interesting paranormal vibes and unfortunately it was my least favourite so far… in each book we follow Alexia and her adventures so you should really read all those novels in order to understand what’s going on… in case you are new to it, please stop reading this review unless you want to be spoiled about the events in the previous two books, cause I can’t express my thoughts and feelings about this one without discussing what happen ...more
4.5 Stars... Conall Maccon is in the doghouse, literally... With her husband's horrid accusations and dismissal, Lady Maccon must pull herself together and go on a journey to discover the how's and why's of her pregnancy... Seeking answers amongst the Templars may be a bit more harrowing than she bargained for, however, Lady Maccon is learning she is quite capable with her handy parasol and trusted friends... The answers she discovers may be a game changer in the world of the supernatural as wel ...more
Probably 3.5 stars but I'm rounding up because I love Alexia. Conall still has a lot of making up to do in my eyes!

Please note that although this review is spoiler free for Blameless it will contain major spoilers for previous books in the series so look away now if you've not already read Soulless and Changeless.

The end of Changeless saw Alexia discover that she was pregnant then immediately get accused of infidelity by her husband Conall. She has now returned from Scotland and after Conall tol
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
Melissa Chung
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! I am writing this review via phone. Excuse any grammatical errors until tomorrow when I can fix them.

Blameless is the third book in this series and although not as gripping as the last two books was very informative.

Let's see no spoilers. Alexia and Maccon are fighting again. Her reason is sound...Maccon is an "unfeeling", "traitorous", "mistrusting", "rude"---"booby!" and then there is Maccon's reason "You should have known I didna mean it. You should have realized I needed time to
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

It's almost impossible to say anything about Blameless and not spoil it because most of the plot is centred around the dreaded thing that happened at the end of Soulless. Alexia is in trouble. Again.
Her friend Lord Akeldama has disappeared and for some reason, the vampires want her dead.

Some of the funniest parts of this book show Professor Lyall's way of dealing with various problems caused by his Alpha's recent behaviour. In case you needed more reasons to like the guy.

To be honest, I am gl
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk, paranormal, humor fans
Definitely better than the second in the series, Blameless has a fairly tight plot, some terrific characters and excellent commentary on both ladybugs and Catholic fanatics. It also features Carriger's trademarked 20th century jargon in Steampunk Victorian England so I'm just wincing and living with it. This is one of those books where I have a couple of positives, then a negative, throughout the whole read: I did read the entire book and enjoyed it, but it's left me a bit incoherent. Although t ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the bombshell ending of the second book I was definitely looking forward to continuing Alexia's story. Blameless, book 3 in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, turned out to be just the right amount of fluffy fun I needed to get through rough week. This review contains spoilers for the previous books.

The story picks up a few days where Changeless leaves off, with a pregnant and shamed Alexia dealing with rejection by her husband. While I can understand Connall's scepticism over the situa
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Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. Join the Chirrup for sneak peaks of upcoming gigg ...more

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Parasol Protectorate (5 books)
  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
  • Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
  • Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4)
  • Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)

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