Changeless by Gail Carriger
Also by this author: Soulless, Blameless
Series: Parasol Protectorate #2
Also in this series: Soulless, Blameless
Published by Orbit
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
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Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
CHANGLESS is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
I jumped into this book as soon as I was done with Soulless because the first book was rather impressive and I wanted to see where the storyline went.
One of my complaints about the first book was that I wanted Alexia to spend more time with Conall. I was hoping that the second book in the series would have them together more, especially since they did get married to each other. Instead they were apart for almost the entire book.
The beginning of this story was in the fashion of the first book and everything was working out really well. I really love Alexia for her strong character and her ability to live in a house of chaos and make a life for herself and a place for herself as an Alpha even though she isn’t even a werewolf. Her presence is inspiring and bold and I love that about her. However, I found that the author put Alexia in a bad situation in this book. She put her in a plot that just wasn’t really going anywhere. The entire middle of this book is pointless and boring to the point I was falling asleep and considering DNFing this book.
It wasn’t until the end that the book started to pick back up and even then the mystery was too easily solved and moved over for the “shocking ending”. I say it that way because I saw the ending coming from the beginning of this novel and I wasn’t really shocked by it. I am pretty upset though because I want the couple together more and at every turn Carriger is pulling them apart and I know I’m going to have to put up with them still being at opposite sides in the next book because of the ending of this novel.
Overall, this book was rather poor and I didn’t really enjoy a lot of the choices that were made and I really am pissed at Conall for how he reacted. Ugh. I do want to read the next book because I know Alexia is strong and will sort this all out but I’m just too upset right now to move on to reading more of this series at this point.