Changeless by Gail Carriger
Alexia Tarabotti, 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. 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.
This book was a fantastic follow-up to Soulless, although a bit slow at times and a little bit too much technobabble for my tastes. However, that being said, I will definitely read it again and recommend it to others. The introduction of Madame Lefoux was genius. This is a character who I hope we more of in future novels. She gels with Alexia seamlessly and their verbal and silent exchanges had me rolling with laughter.
I thought the resolution to the problem presented in the story was well executed, although I was NOT happy with the cliffhanger ending. The newest book, Blameless, comes out in September, and I’m eagerly waiting for it.
Carriger’s characters have more zingers than a Hostess snack truck, and they deliver each one with deadly accuracy. I’m looking forward to the next installment – if nothing else than to simply prove our heroine’s innocence.
Books completed: 13/50
Pages completed: 3,997/15,000