Book Review: Imprudence

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I’ve been waiting so long on this book! I had so many expectations. As I’ve stated before – I love the world Carriger has created. I’ve read every single book (not all the short stories yet, I’m working on those!) and enjoyed them all. I love the characters. I love hunting for references to the various storylines in the different series. When I sit down with a Gail Carriger book, it’s like sitting down with an old friend and hearing what they’ve been up to.

That said, I need to get something off my chest: I will never love Rue as much as I love her mother, Alexia.

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She’s charming and winsome in her own way but Alexia has my heart. The entire time I was reading this book and the first in this series, I was missing Alexia and the Alexia/Conall vibe. I have tried to get as much behind Rue as I did Alexia and…she’s definitely her mother’s daughter, but she’s not her mother. Which is a good thing! But I just wanted more Alexia. I need to re-read the original Parasol Protectorate series in its entirety. I’ve read Soulless I think 3 times but definitely time to go through all 5 again. Anyway, on to the actual review!

Imprudence picks up almost exactly where Prudence left off (WARNING: spoilers for the FIRST book). The queen is, as expected, rather displeased with Rue’s handling of the weremonkey situation, but that quickly takes a back seat to Rue’s family troubles. Perhaps it’s awful of me, but I was so glad that Alexia and Lord Maccon were more in the forefront of this one! We see them through Rue’s eyes, which was rather entertaining, but they are there for a good portion of the book. The family is struggling to deal with Lord Maccon’s oncoming Alpha madness. He’s slowly losing his grip on reality and becoming entirely werewolf. It was so sad. By the end of Chapter 5 I was bawling while reading in bed. My husband was very concerned. Thankfully they didn’t just sit around moping about it – this is Alexia’s husband, after all! They were very quickly off to do something about it, and rampages and capers ensued.

Well, Lord save anyone if a vampire tried to steal a werewolf’s prey, even if only to kill that prey himself. Especially then.

I love how Rue and Alexia share the tendency to go off on their own and drag everyone else along in their wake. Also have to love that Rue seems to be the only one capable of dragging Alexia herself around – Alexia is much more concerned about appearances than I remember her being, perhaps a by product of all her time serving the Queen. Rue…Rue gives almost no fucks. Especially where her relationship with Quesnel is concerned.

“Like to go somewhere more private and be scandalous some more?”

Ah, yes, Quesnel, the little Frenchman we all fell in love with when he was just Madame Lefoux’s charge and constantly running amok. Quesnel, as we saw in Prudence, has grown up to be a innovative inventor in his own right. He’s also quite the ladies’ man…but somehow Prudence has managed to twist him right around her little finger. Despite her repeated insistence that their relationship is only for “lessons” and her own experience…
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Ok. This is the big reason this book didn’t get 5 stars for me. I can’t get behind Rue and Quesnel. I wanted to. I really did. But I just…can’t. Quesnel is too much of a pretty boy for me…I am Team Big-hairy-dominate-but-gentle-werewolf (aka Lord Maccon) all the way and I guess I was hoping the same for Rue. Of course she’s entitled to her own taste! But it just…it seems forced. I didn’t feel it, and I’d like to think I can usually feel a character’s emotional involvement even if the parties involved aren’t to my own preferences.
Like Tasherit and Prim. I feel their attraction. I feel Prim’s confusion and anxiety and flutterings. And I’m very eager to find out what happens to them in the next book!
Gail wrote in one of her newsletters/posts that she was trying to wrap a lot of things up in this book, since there will not be a 3rd Custard Protocol book until at least 2018. I think she did that very well while still leaving several storylines open for exploration. Like Tasherit and Prim. Like the Woolsey Pack  – oh, I almost forgot.
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OMG, my beloved Woolsey Pack. I can’t believe what happened. That was also a large part of the tears.WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO WOOLSEY??? This was a huge turning point in the first third of the book and then…crickets. AAAAAHHHH. I think we were supposed to kind of forget but I can’t. Buffy. Lyall. Channing. And of course the Kingair Pack too, even though God knows they’re still off brawling in some distant land like good Scottish boys – capably led by their fierce female Alpha (who, thank GOD, will be having her very own novella some time in the near future). I really hope we have more werewolves in the next book too.
Anyway, overall, 4/5 stars. And I will be eagerly awaiting whatever comes from Gail Carriger’s pen next. 🙂
Book Review - Imprudence
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TTT #4: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

Today is Top Ten Tuesday, as always brought to you by the awesome The Broke and the Bookish! Sooooo…yeah. Top ten books I’d buy right this second if someone handed me a fully loaded gift card? I did a little happy dance when I saw this one, because I could yammer away on this all day long! Also I’m editing it to Top Ten Books or SERIES, because I’m greedy that way.

1. Outlander. This series makes it to or near the top of almost any book favorites list I have. So many feels. So much pain, so much love, so much courage. And yet, somehow, I don’t have a single one on my bookshelf!

 

2. Discworld. I. Want. Them. All. I’m working on it, but I have such a long way to go. *points at blog header* I also want every special edition ever printed. Ever. In the history of ever. Because Discworld is the best. Ironically enough, I don’t really think I’d like to live there…hmm. The characters though, are amazing. Can I please just be friends with Cherry? Oh, but there is also a newly released graphic novel version of Small Gods.

3. The Lunar Chronicles. Again, all of them. See what I mean about greedy? Mine mine mine gimme. These were such FUN books, that didn’t take anything too seriously and yet still had lovable characters. I seem to be in the minority in that I thought Thorne was a complete drag and a PITA, buuuuut I still love them!

 

4. Harry Potter. Somehow, I don’t own any of these either. I reeeeeeeeally want the illustrated editions that are coming out now! Also the hardcovers that came in a trunk.

5. Soulless and company. I have the special hardcover edition (gorgeous, my DH gave it to me for my birthday this year), but I don’t have the original softcovers. I’m totally a hardcover girl, but since these weren’t printed in hardcover…I still need them! Plus the covers are just fantastic. I love them. Also they kind of started me on an obsession with octopi.

6. A Darker Shade of Magic. I am, somehow, convinced I am going to adore this book even though I’ve never read anything by the author! Ha ha…might be setting myself up for failure there. However! Her book A Savage Song came in the July OwlCrate, so I’ll read that and see, I guess.

7. The Hidden Oracle/The Trials of Apollo. I still haven’t read any more of Riordan’s books other than the original Percy Jackson series, but I want to soooooo bad! The first ones are just never available at my library. Hmph. Silly OTHER PEOPLE, wanting to read the same book as me.

8. Jane Austen – the complete set. I’m dying to put these on my shelves but I have trouble spending that much money at one time. Unh. Wah. Help me.

9. The Winner’s Curse. Yes yes I know. Everyone else has already read these. Also, everyone keeps TALKING about these and, once again, the first one is never available at the library, I always miss it (or am maxed out on holds). Just give me the damn book already! Geez.

10. Throne of Glass. Ok, everything and anything Sarah J. Maas has written. But I haven’t read ANY of ToG yet and this needs to be remedied IMMEDIATELY.

Any of these on your list? These TTTs are so dangerous for me. My TBR pile always grows exponentially! Haha. Well, my TBR list. I don’t keep an actual pile, then it’s too overwhelming. I might have a problem…but I still can’t wait to see all the other lists!

Custard Protocol Giveaway!

As you may be aware, Gail Carriger’s new novella, Poison or Protect, is coming out in ebook format on Tuesday (June 21). If you subscribe to her lovely monthly newsletter there was a little bit in there about being entered to win a giveaway if you pre-order. So if you missed it in your Chirrup, go back and look and make sure you pre-order, and then enter the giveaway. A big, beautiful, chock-full of goodies Prudence-themed giveaway. Insert heart-eyes smiley here.

I’m always so excited to read anything new Gail comes out with, I’m almost counting the hours for this one. Of course, I’m also dizzy with anticipation for Imprudence, releasing on July 19. I love the Tarabotti/Maccon family and always go into withdrawal after finishing a book!