Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Changeless

By Gail Carriger
Publish Date: June 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
Narrator: Emily Gray
Audio Book
** Possible Spoilers (if you haven't read 1st book in the series)
Summary from GoodReads:
Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, 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 into the backwaters of ugly waistcoats, Scotland, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only a soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Changeless - No longer able to change between two forms.
Ethographer – a machine that sends messages.

My Review:
This book was very enjoyable. After reading the first, I chose to listen to this one, I was worried about the continuation. No worries, Carriger does an excellent job. So Alexi and Lord Macom are newlywed (from the previous book) and Lord Macon is on a special trip. He doesn’t tell Alexia where he is going or why. Of course she doesn’t really approve, but she goes with the flow. She decides to take a dirigible to find her husband. Knowing that she needed companionship she took Ms. Hisselpenny. Also accompanying her is Lord Tunstall, her sister, Felicity, and Angelique. Let the adventure begin…
Things I liked most about the book:
  • The parasols. They become a larger part of the story in this book. Quite fun and interesting. I love how they fit the time period, but also have a “purpose”.
  • Madame Lefoux. She was a new character that Alexia met in a hat shop. Alexia immediately became suspicious of her and Alexia finds that Madame has joined her on her trip to Scotland.
  • Alexia’s French maid. She inherited the maid from the Westminster Hive (from the first book).
  • The pet names Lord Akeldama has for Alexia and how she reacts to his using these names.
  • A mummy unwrapping in a haunted mansion in Scotland. Mummification.
  • Ms. Hisselpenny doesn’t read because it’s bad for the eyes.
  • The audio was excellent. Emily Gray is an excellent narrator. She does the voices amazingly very well. I could not believe all of the different voices.  
Interesting items founds in the book:
  • Fashionable mechanical accessories
  • A metal hem in a skirt.
  • Floating skirts
  • A dirigible
Recommendation: I liked this book as well as the first, if not better. Recommended for those who enjoyed the first and would like to delve more into steampunk.


  1. I have the first and can't wait to read it. This one sounds good too. Nice review :)

  2. I have the first 4 or 5 in this series, i bought them as a bundle on my nook..i really need to read them..excellent review!