Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review of Heartless by Gail Carriger

Observations about Heartless by Gail Carriger.....

1.) The cover is wack. The models on Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless looked like they could kick your butt, admonish your improper behavior and have a spot of tea all without missing a beat. The woman on the cover of Heartless looks like she'll burst into tears if you look at her funny. Wack.

2.) The humor is spot-on--Alexia waddling around London, thwarting would-be paranormal crimes with a massive pregnant belly barely slowing her down. The characters are brilliant--the effeminate vampires, lesbian steampunk inventor, over-protective alpha werewolf hubby, catty suffragette sister, and best of all the no-nonsense soulless heroine. The storyline has ups and downs....interesting investigations, fabulous climatic scene at the end with the octomaton rampaging through town, but also occasionally bogged down by too much paranormal political stuff. Pacing slowed a bit in the middle, was just perfection at the end. With a killer cliff-hanger.

3.) This series is straight up the most original, clever and humorous bit of storytelling in the romance genre. Although it is truly a mish-mash of romance, steampunk, paranormal, historical and comedy. It's quirky. It's well-written. It's got Penny's Seal Of Approval.

4.) I was heartily disappointed with the lack of romance in Blameless. Due to a totally exasperating misunderstanding, the hero and heroine were apart for the bulk of the book. Heartless was an improvement, although still not enough for my romantic inclinations. It is definitely a sexy story, but I just can't get enough of Conall the gruff and grumbly werewolf. More, more, more!!!!!

5.) Favorite lines....

      "No wife. I mean to say, you are not exactly up to your usual galavanting about London with parasol at the ready, now, are you?"

      Alexia glanced down at her overstuffed belly and then got that look on her face. "I am entirely capable."

     "Of what, waddling up to someone and ruthlessly bumping into them?"

hee hee heeee..... 

And I love this line, too. Leave it to Alexia to tell it like it is. 

     "Goodness," said an exhausted Lady Maccon, "are babies customarily that repulsive looking?"

Why yes, yes they are. ☺

Looking for an entertaining steampunky historical romance with a kick-ass sense of humor? Look no further. 

Grade: A-

Pleasantly Pleased as a Peacock,


KT Grant said...

This one had me in stitches! And the end! LOL.

I can't believe you said the cover is wack. hee.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Kate! Me, too. I was laughing out loud while reading it. So very clever and cute.

That cover IS wack. The others were awesome...Alexia looked like she meant serious business. This one makes me want to pull her hair and make her cry. Very strange.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Love your review. You are too funny.

And you are so right sista, that cover is whacked!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I still haven't read this series and I so utterly must!
I do agree about the cover tho.

Tori said...

Adorable review! I haven't read this one yet and I cannot wait.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! I just love this series! But I still want more romance with the grumbly werewolf....he is the best!

Penny Watson said...

Julia....You MUST read Soulless ASAP. You will get a big kick out of it. It's adorable!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Tori! I think it's a big improvement on Blameless, which I did not love. This one is back to form.

JenM said...

That's it, I'm buying it this weekend. I think I liked Blameless more than you, but I agree, we simply MUST have more of Conall. The scenes in Blameless where he got drunk on the formaldehyde (I think) were rolling on the floor funny. Whenever I try to describe it, the best I can come up with is a Victorian comedy of manners with vamps, werewolves, and steampunk all mixed together.

Penny Watson said...

Hi JenM! It doesn't seem like this weird mix should work....vamps, werewolves, ghosts, steampunk, manners, comedy, historical stuff, political stuff....but Carriger manages to pull it off. Brilliantly!