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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ack! Ack! Ack! (Review of Changeless by Gail Carriger)


Changeless by Gail Carriger

ACK! (We'll get back to that in a minute).

I am officially a Gail Carriger addict. In a million years, I could not imagine finding a series that is so perfectly suited to my personality. Carriger's writing is the perfect blend of humor, satire, history, sexiness, imaginative steampunk inventions, paranormality, and let's not forget the stunning outfits! (hee hee hee)....

The characters are delicious. The mystery is filled with chills, spills (and I do mean that literally), and suspense. The "soulless" heroine is beyond divine...practical, hilarious, determined and madly in love with her new werewolf husband (although reluctant to admit it). The hero is rough (ruff!), gruff, sexy and Scottish. The chemistry and dialogue between the two of them is off-the-charts fabulous. In fact, my only teensy, tiny criticism of this book is that I thought Carriger kept Alexia and Lord Maccon apart for too long. By far, my favorite scenes in the book are when the two of them are together, exchanging verbal volleys.

I am also getting into the spirit of the whole steampunk thing. The crazy inventions are the perfect backdrop for this sort of story. I love Alexia's parasol...it's the ultimate symbol for her: a combination of ruffles and pragmatic scientific invention, lethal weapons hidden behind a feminine and ridiculous contraption.

And now for the ack!!!!!!! I will not spoil the ending of this book for any new readers, but Holy Macarena! The ending was a heartbreaking jolt and anxiety-producing moment that had Penelope screaming "Noooooooo!" and realizing that it is going to be a very long wait until September 1 when Blameless comes out. ACK! The end is definitely a brilliant move by the author. I personally love "cliff-hanger" style endings. Even though this isn't exactly a cliff-hanger, the anticipation for the next book has been successfully established. ACK!
Grade: A

Carolyn Crane and Gail Carriger are my two new writing idols!

Ciao!
Penelope

9 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Tell me about it! I was screaming noooooo for hours afterwards and cursing the world for not letting me time-travel to September...or having a peak at Gail's computer ;)

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I know! Isn't the ending a killer? Loved your review - I too loved the verbal volleys between them as well! It's so witty and clever, though a lot of the mechanical steampunk descriptions of the machines, etc went a bit over my head. Can't wait for Blameless!

Penelope said...

Blodeuedd--I'm going to spend a lot of time this summer drinking frozen mango margaritas to make the time go faster!

Penelope said...

Hi Julie! The ending was a big killer.....oy! I have to admit that I kept thinking about that scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original one) with the bubble-making machine, when Charlie and his uncle are floating....sort of reminds me of the crazy machines!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Can't wait to read this one! In my pile, might push it up to second based upon your review.

Penelope said...

Julia...you should def. move this up to the TOP of the TBR pile!

Candace said...

I'm with you there! It's a perfect for me too, paranormal, historical and awesome steampunkishness! LOVE IT!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Sounds like quite an ending!! I saw your post on Book Vixen's blog about copywriting your blog. How did you go about doing that? I'm sorry your blog was copied, that would be terrible!

Penelope said...

Hi Carrie! Just add a line at the end of the home page of your blog with the copyright symbol, your name and the year. No one should be reprinting your material without your consent! Good luck....

Penny