Competence by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol #3)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
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All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.
When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.
What I thought
A book in which Prim discovers her happiness. Prim’s story focuses around accepting oneself and not conforming to societal norms just because that is what you are supposed to do. I might be looking way too much into this but this story shows the importance of accepting who you are and that those who truly care about you will accept you for you.
I loved this book! There is just something about the life lessons in this series that just warms my heart. Prim spends so much time denying who she is just because she is worried about what society might say. Everyone around her is so patient and supportive and they “knew” before she accepted it.
This is a story of self-acceptance and love.