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Review: Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

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Wolves and Daggers
Wolves and Daggers

by Melanie Karsak
Fantasy, Retelling, Steampunk
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Synopsis
Who’s afraid of the big, bad werewolf?

When London’s brightest tinkers and alchemists come up missing, Red Cape Society Agent Clemeny Louvel is on the case.

To help her get the problem in hand, Queen Victoria assigns her a temporary partner—a werewolf with a knightly history and a tendency to be far too flirtatious for either of their good. Can she trust him to help her chase down the monsters they’re hunting?

Wolves and Daggers is a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale set in Melanie Karsak’s bestselling steampunk universe.

What I thought
Okay, so, a few years ago I picked up my very first steampunk book. I had no idea what steampunk was but it sounded cool so I gave it a shot. From there I fell in love, the book I picked up was Melanie Karsak’s first book in her Airship chronicles series. Now, why does this matter, you might be asking since this is clearly not apart of that series. Well, it’s in the same world!

So now with what drew me to this series I now can begin to tell you that I loved it. This is a novella series so all of the books are short which is really nice. However, that is also why I knocked off one star even though I know this London and how things are supposed to go someone just picking it up may not feel as connected to it since there is not a lot of world building. Don’t get me wrong things are laid out well and this twist on red riding hood is amazing. Hey, I’m biased because I love the world and want more of it. Due to the length of this book (122 pages), I do not feel that I can really go into it too much without spoiling something. I can say that I ordered the next two books as soon as I was done with this one.

So if you like retellings at all I say pick up this first book. You will love it!

My Rating: /54 StarsFollow me on other platforms:
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Parasolverse Read-Along – March 2019

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We are heading into the eighth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for March is Blameless Book Three of the Parasol Protectorate Series. If you have not joined us yet and you want to please do!

Blameless
Pages
: 294
Start Date: March 1, 2019
Post Review: March 28, 2019
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Blameless
Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Changeless
Changeless 
by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
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.

Read-along
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
So let’s start by saying that these books are a re-read for me.  So there were no big surprises for me but I still loved it.

This book just jumps right into the story shortly where the first book leaves off.  Alexia now settled in Woolsey Castle wakes to find regiment making camp on her front lawn. As you can imagine this does not go well.

Some of my favorite characters in this series begin to appear in this book.  I love watching them grow throughout the series and I can’t wait to begin the next book. It’s really hard to give a review and not potentially spoil anything. So I will leave you with my feeling at the end…

Ohhh Alexia

Lord Maccon

Madame Lefoux

Ivy

So much I want to say but I really want you to read it too!!  If you have read this book let me know what you thought down below!

My Rating: /54.5 starsFollow me on other platforms:
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Parasolverse Read-Along – February 2019

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We are heading into the seventh month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for February is Changeless Book Two of the Parasol Protectorate Series. If you have not joined us yet and you want to please do!

Changeless
Pages
: 384
Start Date: February 1, 2019
Post Review: February 28, 2019
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Changeless


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.

CHANGELESS 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.

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Parasolverse Read-Along – January 2019

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We are heading into the sixth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for January is Soulless Book One of the Parasol Protectorate Series If you have not joined us yet no worries jump in here.  These are my favorite!!! If you are still interested in joining along please do so! Also, there is now an Illustrated version of this book!

Soulless
Pages
: 416
Start Date: January 1, 2019
Post Review: January 31, 2019
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Soulless (Illustrated Edition)
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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Parasolverse Read-Along December 2018

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We are heading into the fifth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for December is Poison or Protect a Delightfully Deadly novella that takes place in the 1860’s.  This is a stand-alone so you can read it without reading anything before. If you are still interested in joining along please do so!

Poison or Protect
Pages
: 190
Start Date: December 1, 2018
Post Review: December 27, 2018
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Poison or Protect
Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black.

What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy.

In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. May contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

The Delightfully Deadly novellas stand alone and may be read in any order.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail.

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Review: Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

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Manners & Mutiny


Manners and Mutiny
 by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

Read-along
Midway though this year I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This lead 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
Manners and Mutiny is the fourth and final book in the Finishing School Series. This world is a blend of paranormal, steampunk, and some romance. I love this world so much! It’s like someone sat down and took everything that I love and put it all together. Sophronia has now been at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School for Girls of Quality for a little while. 

This is a wonderful conclusion novel for this series.  I have to say that I want so much more about these characters, because I have fell in love with them all.  I really hope that we will be getting more stories about these characters in the future. Yes some of them appear in the other series. I have to say that this is the most action packed book in this series and I found myself not wanting to put it down.  I loved how things wrapped up and the character still grow and you found out some back story you did not know before. Gail makes her characters feel real, they express real feelings and emotions as a real person would feel.  Due to the events from the previous books are now a lovely trio are still dealing with those outcomes. I love when an author is able to accomplish this because it makes the characters feel more relatable, and shows that the characters have layers and are not robots. I found myself rooting for them and laughing at some of the scenes. All in all these books always make me feel better after reading them.

I am sorry there is not much I can say about the plot without taking the chance of spoiling things. So I am going to leave you with a few quotes.

“A girl wearing a wicker chicken and playing the harp bopped me with a book about buns and then stuffed me under a piano.”

“We’re a team like tea and milk, or cake and custard, or pork and apple.”

“Sophronia felt bound to object. “I, for one, should prefer not to shoot at someone I like.”
“Admirable scruples, Miss Temminnick. Get over them. For you will do it anyway.”

“Please don’t. When you think about things, Sophronia, they only get more complicated. This thing between us could be so very easy, if you let it.”

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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