Monday, March 18, 2013

Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail Carriger

Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail Carriger
This is an adult steampuck novel (Rated NC-17)
(Four Satisfying Hearts) 
Book Summary
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
My Review
It’s always  sad to see a favorite series go. Especially one like this that had all the elements necessary for a fantastic read. Humor, suspense, mystery, and a dash of romance. The banter between Alexa and Connell is probably my favorite part.
But more so, the side characters in this series were rich and wonderfully written. Lord Akeldama, Ivy, Biffy, Professor Lyall are among my favorites. Madame Lefeoux being one of my least favorites, still well written. I just could never bring myself to trust her.
In the end, I was mostly satisfied. We got resolution to most of the outstanding questions. However, those resolutions left a bitter taste in my mouth. 
One that bugged me the most was Biffy and Lyall. Biffy, the poor guy ripped from Lord Akeldama forever was giving the beginnings of a HEA. I’d hoped that he would somehow be able to find a way to be with the vampire alas that wasn’t meant to be. When he ended up with Lyall (I saw that coming a mile away) I was okay with it. However, to have him get Lyall only for them to be separated bugged me.
Then there was Alexa’s sister. The traitor just disappeared. I felt like she wasn’t punished enough.
The last bit that bugged me was Ivy. I don’t know. I just don’t see her as a queen. It wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. Still, it didn’t quite sit well with me.
And Floote. Was there really resolution here? I still don’t think I understood who Alexa’s father really was. And maybe that was intentional.
Audio Review

Emily Gray is just outstanding. She’s perfect for this story as this story seemed like it was written for her. I look forward to listening to more of her narration.  
Overall , it's a series worth reading and the ending wasn' the worst I've seen this year.
My Book Boyfriend. (this is more of an eye catching view of him)

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