uitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season in the third book of the NYT bestselling Parasol Protectorate seriesueen 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 uite thoroughly deadWhile Lord Maccon elects to get progressively 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 pestoBLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series a comedy of manners set in Victorian London full of werewolves vampires dirigibles and tea drinkingThe Parasol Protectorate Soulless Changeless Blameless Heartless TimelessFor from Gail Carriger check outThe Custard Protocol Prudence Imprudence Competence ReticenceFinishing School YA Etiuette Espionage Curtsies Conspiracies Waistcoats Weaponry Manners Mutiny


10 thoughts on “Blameless

  1. says:

    I just love ole Lyall I prob spelled that wrong as I listened to it instead of reading my paperback Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  2. says:

    Three stars for this one because although I liked it I like it less than the first two books There was still a lot of good stuff going on thoughSome of the characters in Blameless are just great I loved the imperturbable Floote and the endlessly put upon Lyall Alexia is always good and often very funny especially the way she thinks and refers to her pregnancy as the infant inconvenience Unfortunately I do not care for Lord Maccon who especially in this book is a thoughtless oaf There I said it Sorry to all the people out there who find him acceptableThe story was good but there were long periods where very little happened and skimming was tempting Nevertheless I enjoyed it overall and will certainly go on to the next book


  3. says:

    Souless was down right magical Changeless had it moments but was all over the place I probably would've have never finished it if a pal hadn't told me a spoiler connected to bk 3; that compelled me to push through so I could read Blameless Blameless was slightly less irksome than Changeless but still had whole sections where I had to force myself not to skimI'm not a big fan when slews of new characters are introduced or too much focus on introduced side characters that don't significantly add to the plot and are just there to fill pages Which has much to do with my discontent Bk 2 and 3 have very minimal interaction btwn Alexis and Lord Macon and way too much everything else The dialogue is still very witty maybe a touch too witty but didn't put a dent in how bored I was 70% 80% of the time reading theseAlso the way things were resolved at the end was very Silly I definitely respect Alexia less and dislike Conall for it It was no where near enough it's as if Alexia transformed into Miss Hisslepenny in the last few pagesI'd rateSouless 5 starsChangeless as 2 starsBlameless as 2 12 stars I can't round it up to 3 stars because saying I liked it would be a fib


  4. says:

    The Indecisive Cheese Theory of series fictionSee it’s like when you’re handed a new kind of cheese right? And you take a nibble and you think “huh Cheese Yeah okay Kinda creamy a little light nice steampunk flavor as it finishes I like it”So you take a bigger bite and you think “well but hang on there was something a bit funny going on with the aftertaste And that sex scene was just absurd I don’t like that I think?”But you’re not sure so you take another bite because at this point you’ve got to figure it out And you think “actually you know that’s kind of nice Zing with the one liners and the cross dressing lesbian inventor is great and all that stuff about how our heroine doesn’t magically get maternal instincts just because she’s pregnant I like it’So you take another bite and you’re like “ wait shit That was clumsy and it pulled the emotional punch do I like that?”Yeah This series is indecisive cheese And this book is the one I’m making “wait hang on not sure” faces over


  5. says:

    When we last left Lady Alexia Maccon she had been thrown out by her husband Conall due to her being pregnant Seeing as Conall is a centuries old werewolf there is no possible explanation for Alexia to be pregnant with his child He comes to the conclusion that she cheated on him and turned her out Conall never stops to think that because Alexia is soulless and when she touches a supernatural creature she makes them human So perhaps while they are intimate there is a possibility he could get her with child Alexia has no choice but to move back home with her mother step father and two annoying sisters who blame Alexia for their hardships in not finding any men to marry Alexia is than perturbed not only by her husband's disregard but the fact she's been saddled with an infant inconvenience as she calls the fetus growing in her womb She can hardly keep anything down and her appetite has wasted away another horrid side affect to her pregnancy This is a woman who loves to eat and now she can't find joy in even thatAnd the fact that Alexia is mark for extermination by the vampire community make things very hard indeed She is almost killed by a group of mechanical ladybugs that infest her carriage She captures one in a hat box and goes to see Madame Lefoux a scientist inventor and owner of a hat shop Alexia has no one else to turn to not even her good vampire friend Lord Akeldama who can give her sanctuary He has gone missing and now without the protection of her husband Alexia and the baby she carries are marked for death She needs to figure out how and why she has gotten pregnant so she can show her husband that she hasn't been canoodling with another man She along with Madame Lefoux and her dead father's former valet Floote will travel to Italy not only for Alexia's safety but to find her roots since her father was Italian and a soulless like she is Italy is just as precarious as England with vampire assassins following their every move and the religious group of the Templars who welcome Alexia but with disdain They believe Alexia is a demon and have a devious plan regarding her With only her specially made parasol as a weapon and her analytical thinking Alexia as always must save herself Blameless is book three in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series The reason I read these books is because of the character of Alexia She is so very adorable with her thinking and dry wit This woman gets in to so much trouble and even with the possibility of death breathing down her neck all she can think of is food The reason she loves Italy is because of the pesto But unfortunately for Alexia her child causes her a great amount of grief She isn't sure how she should feel toward her unborn baby She is fearful she doesn't have maternal instincts and may not care for her child Her goal in finding out why she is pregnant moves along the story and for once you see a delicate Alexia She's hurting a great deal because her husband has cruelly turned his back on her Alexia maybe very vocal about Lord Maccon's fault but he is the only one who has given her true affection something she can no longer live withoutNow where do I start with Conall Maccon the alpha of the werewolf pack of London? I'm deeply perturbed by his actions and the way he has treated Alexia If you're expecting him and Alexia to have a great deal of interaction in Blameless you will be very disappointed I was peeved not only by the way Conall is portrayed this time around but when he comes to the conclusion how wrong he was about Alexia it was very very lacking The word grovel comes to mindI was less than please in the outcome of Alexia and Conall's relationship because Conall didn't do enough in my opinion to have Alexia forgive him The so called grovel scene was unbelievably lacking The man even has the nerve to be upset that Alexia didn't do enough on her part to try and make him believe her I felt robbed in that sense and I hope in the next book that Conall will move Heaven and Earth to make Alexia happyBlameless is fun reading and I adore Alexia so much I love her attitude the way she looks upon the world and the non stop loopy adventures she finds herself in Even though one part of Blameless was less than satisfactory for me I do look forward to Heartless and can't wait and see how the Maccons start a family


  6. says:

    After the way book two ended I have to say this was still uite enjoyable I thought Alexia wallowed for an adeuate amount of time considering the way Conall acted toward her to begin with and even though she was obviously still heartbroken over what had happened she compartmentalized enough for it to take a backseat to what was going on I was a bit disappointed that they seemed to make up rather uickly which might steer this toward a high 35 rating but I don't expect a ton from these books because they're so fluffy and overall feel good in the end I really enjoyed the romp to Italy and how things turned out with both Biffy and Akeldama back in London The narrator's voice for ueen Victoria sounded a bit like Judi Dench which made me laugh Looking forward to what happens when the baby finally comes


  7. says:

    Huge as F cliffhanger at the end of book 2 so come at me book 3view spoiler Okay I kind of wish the 'drama' wasn't resolved in this one Does that make me a horrible person? hide spoiler


  8. says:

    Gail Carriger how do I love thee? Let me count the ways La Diva Tarabotti Lord Akeldama Pesto Formaldehyde Templars Biffy Floote Lord Maccon Parassault Killer ladybugs Vampires Werewolves Seriously I could just go on and on and on about how I love Gail Carriger And what do all of these tidbits and add up to? The latest delicious volume in the Parasol Protectorate seriesSpoilers Ahead Blameless the latest offering from Gail Carriger in her Parasol Protectorate series finds our soulless heroine Alexia Maccon neé Tarabotti is on the run After the shocking revelations at the end of Changeless she has been cast out by her brute of a werewolf husband Lord Maccon and has since discovered that for an as yet discovered reason the vampires have set out to kill her by any means possible including killer mechanical ladybugs Add to that the decision by the ueen to remove her status as muhjah of the Shadow Council and Alexia is not having the best of times right now Deciding that she needs some answers to her current condition delicate as it is Alexia travels abroad in search of the Templars and some possible information regarding her her father and her position as a preternatural Meanwhile back in London there is intrigue and suspense galore as Lord Akeldama swarms from his home after a mysterious possession of his is stolen How is this tied to the government? How do the werewolves play into all of this? And when will the formaldehyde run out?And where exactly has Woolsey's Gamma run off to?Gail Carriger has outdone herself with Blameless I'll admit that I was a little concerned with the direction that Alexia and Co were taking at the end of Changeless I thought the situation seemed to come about a little too early but I should never have doubted Ms Carriger's ability me the lowly reader that I am She has taken a delicate state of affairs and has made it into an integral key plot point that helped move Blameless along with all the clever and witty pacing that I've come to love from her books Having Alexia not attached to Lord Maccon was a refreshing treat I think the characters are most interesting when they are apart and Alexia is at odds with Connall Of course this situation won't always be that way and of course they work well together but I particularly loved the agitation felt throughout the book The only other addition that I would have liked to see this time around? More Lord Akeldama He has continually grown on me and may very well be my favorite character of the cast He's just so over the top and divineThe level of intrigue and the mystery behind the preternaturals was handled so well this time around Ms Carriger is developing a most engaging mythology and history for her characters and I can't wait to find out There was just enough dangling plot lines left over to completely whet my appetite for If you haven't had the pleasure of reading any of the Parasol Protectorate series do yourself a favor uit reading this humble blog and dash off to your nearest bookseller and acuire copies of all three books Immediately Posthaste You won't be sorry Gail Carriger may be one of the funniest authors that I've come across in awhile and her books and characters are among the most charming and scintillating that I've read this year My only regret now is that we've had the pleasure of three books released with the last year that now we have to wait until the spring of next year to see what happens nextHighly highly recommended


  9. says:

    Faced with private heartbreak and public scandal Alexia loses her strongest protection just as she needs it the most She leaves for Italy hoping to avoid dangerous enemies and learn about her preternatural state Alexia's search might get her some answers but it also leads to a new dangerI enjoyed the travel and adventure aspects of this one and it was nice to see the people Alexia left behind in England dealing with the threats on that end But Conall's behavior at the end of the previous book put a cloud over everythingview spoilerYes he issued a public denial of the stories surrounding her But that was the least he could do in order to begin to win her back We got to see how tortured he was in her absence but that wasn't nearly as important as how he acted once he found herI spent the entire book hoping that the inevitable reunion scene would be worth all the drama leading to it Alexia is a strong heroine so I hoped she would to express her hurt and frustration and force a real relationship discussion Conall seemed to realize early on how badly he behaved so I expected far far groveling Instead we got a goofy discussion with Alexia demanding expensive gifts It was less than satisfying hide spoiler


  10. says:

    This series continues to be witty fluffy fun It’s really difficult not to just read one of these books in one sitting They go down like ice cream on a hot dayWith the exception of this one thing that I’ll get to later there really isn’t much to say about this book Carriger’s writing continues to be witty and fun and sly in all the best ways Her sense of humor is definitely in line with mine Her characters are flawed and lovable Her sense of atmosphere is impeccableBasically if you liked the first two books you will like this oneIt picks up a few weeks after Changeless Alexia is living back with her family but when news of her scandalous predicament breaks her family kicks her out and she and Madame LeFoux decide it’s high time to visit Italy and find out about what Alexia is now calling her “infant inconvenience” Meanwhile back in London all the vampires have collectively gone insane and decided that Alexia needs to die Lord Akeldama has skipped town and the dum dum Lord Maccon is constantly drunk trying to buck up the courage to admit he was wrong to treat Alexia as he did at the end of last bookNot all that much actually happens but that’s okay really I’m not in this for the plotI’m not uite sure however and spoilers here view spoilerthat I think the reunion between Alexia and Lord Maccon was handled right I liked how upset Alexia was at the beginning and how betrayed she felt by him not trusting her I just don’t think Lord Maccon was appropriately sorry when they finally met again It was a little too light hearted and he didn’t grovel nearly enough in my opinion It also seemed like he was mostly miserable for himself rather than what he did to Alexia hide spoiler