Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by
My posts about my guilty pleasure reading (romantic, often paranormal, novels) can be found here:
My posts about YA/teen titles are here:
My posts about middle grade titles are here:
And now for today’s:
by Gail Carriger
9780316127189, $7.99, Orbit Books (Hachette)
If you have not been introduced to the Parasol Protectorate series yet, it is a delightful mix of Queen Victoria-era London and it’s surrounding countryside, with occasional forays into other parts of Europe; the supernatural, paranormal, and preternatural worlds; steampunkery in terms of machinery and accessories, though the clothing is more typically Victorian; and lots and lots of tea drinking.
You can read my review of book 1: Soulless, my reviews of book 2: Changeless and book 3: Blameless, my review of book 4: Heartless, and watch a video about the making of cover art for Blameless here, in order to get caught up. If you read all of these reviews, you will notice that I’ve been a bit wishy-washy on whether I was fully in support of this series or not. There’s always something that makes me feel vaguely irritated while reading them, and yet they suck me in with the quality of writing and the unexpected plot elements and the most ridiculous situations the characters get themselves into and the descriptions of Victorian life. Dammit.
Luckily, I loved book 4 as much as I loved book 1, so now I can’t wait for book 5 to come out. Here’s the publisher’s description:
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?