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Prudence Read-Along 2016 (OVER) > Prudence Read-Along: Chapters 9-12 (+ Giveaways)

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Skye (Skye's Scribblings) | 241 comments Mod
DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAYS!! You could win an ARC of Prudence, a hardcover of Imprudence, and Carriger buttons!

Welcome to the third review in the PRUDENCE READ-ALONG, hosted here and on Skye's Scribblings! (For information on the Read-Along, see the Introduction post here.) Below are my brief thoughts on this week's chapters, as well as another Q&A with the author, and don't forget to enter the giveaways at the end for the chance to win great prizes!

This week we read CHAPTERS 9-12.


After conversing with a rather unpleasant vampire and receiving a change of mission (followed by an intriguing lesson in romantic encounters), a mysterious new acquaintance takes Rue and company on a tour of the city where she reveals there is more to Rue's mission than just tea before being whisked away by persons unknown. To garner a deeper understanding about what might be going on, Rue visits another acquaintance to investigate and discovers the supernatural set may be wider than previously realized. Borrowing a new form, she goes in search of the expansion and, although things don't go quite as planned, after an unexpected stop and a lot of exertion she makes a topping supernatural discovery - although at a rather unfortunate time.


Plot: Goodness a lot happens in these chapters! Discoveries and revelations abound concerning all things supernatural, romantic, fashion, and tea. I was happy Rue finally got serious about what's going on and began actively ferreting out answers - she may have stumbled upon some things a little too easily, but the rapid progression of plot was a welcome change from last week's inhibitions.

Cover: I love it when the cover outfit is in the story! Although what a scandalous outfit to choose. ;) (Page 226 for those who didn't recognize it.)

Category: Although this series is technically categorized under "Adult," given Rue's age, off-to-see-the-world attitude, and sexual explorations, I feel this has all the hallmarks of a New Adult book. Thoughts?


Character: Miss Sekhmet. Not only is she a member of my favorite species, but I love what she does to Prim.

Scene: Rue and Quesnel's escape. All that excitement, dashing about, various states of undress, and a peppery Spoo.


"Regardless, darling," said Prim to Rue, "you are clearly most unwelcome."
"Evidently. Shall we stay a while?"

"How did we go from tea to death so quickly?" wondered Quesnel.
"Sometimes," said Prim darkly, "there is a very fine line between the two."

>>So what were your thoughts on Chapters 9/12? Join the discussion below or Comment on the blog post here!<<




Q. Rue visits some exotic places in Prudence! Are there any interesting research tidbits you learned that didn’t make it into the book?

A. A lot of my research into Indian mythology didn’t make it in. And some stuff on the origins of various colonial influenced dishes. Like Vindaloo. Vindaloo is fascinating.


In honor of the Read-Along, Ms Gail has generously donated two signed Prudence ARCs!! As these would be a special addition to any Carriger fan collection, this giveaway will be open to Gail Carriger Fan Group Members only. (US addresses only though, apologies International fans!) Want an ARC for your collection? Just be or become a Fan Group member and join the read-along discussion!



And don't forget I'm also holding a giveaway on Skye's Scribblings for a Carriger button set and a hardcover of Book 2, Imprudence, which you can enter HERE .

(Important Giveaways Note: If you post your discussion comments on the Goodreads Fan Group, your single post link can be entered into both giveaway forms - you don't have to post at both locations, or do more than one post. Unless you want to, of course! ;)

Melissa (veruna) | 49 comments I absolutely love that there are more shifters in the world! I can't wait to see how this plays in to Imprudence.

Lulu (lulufritz) | 4 comments I agree Melissa. Loving that there are more shifters and that there will probably (hopefully) be more in the future.

I'm not sure that I would label this as an adult book either. I don't know if I would say yes to it being new adult but it does feel that way sometimes. I don't know if it is because I just finished the Finishing School books but I get the same vibe here.

Miss Sekhmet and Spoo leaping back onto the Spotted Custard was just delightful.

I was definitely pleased that Rue started pursing a more inquisitive path with Miss Sekhmet. The whole business of her assuming it is all about tea was growing old.

I am a little afraid that the end will feel rushed. I know it is only four chapters but there doesn't seem to be enough pages.

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