Thursday, 1 March 2012

Review: Timeless - Gail Carriger

Series: The Parasol protectorate #5
Genre: Historical paranormal steampunk light funny romance
Pages: 386
Published: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Bday
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 thoughts:
This is the end then, it has been a fun ride, I loved the manners and the witty mind of our dear Alexia. But all good things must come to and end, and I am happy the series ended. Because too many go on and on, and then only get worse and worse. Stop when you are on top is my motto.

What to say that I haven't said before. Perfect manners, I mean how dreadful would it not be if your hair was out of order? Shameful. Witty speech, the cute nicknames that Lord Akeldama uses, Ivy and her hats, Lyall being his usual beta, Biffy working in the hat shop, sexy Conall taking off his clothes here and there to turn into a wolf. Lovely as always. The book is cute and funny, if you have read it then you know what I mean, if not then start at book 1. This is not a series to read out of order.

What else then, well Alexia goes to Egypt to get to the bottom of things. The usual people are around. There are parasol fights, fainting, and a werewolf cub on the loose. This is a family that creates havoc wherever they go.

Conclusion.
I made it short, I just feel that I have said everything better before. I will miss Alexia and Conall.

Cover:
Ugh, I do not like it. Books 1-3 where soooo much better


52 comments:

Linda said...

I'm jealous you've read this one already. I can't wait to get it from the library. I'm so sad this series is ending. Boo! I agree, not a fan of the cover.

Chris said...

I know the secret to getting email comments back! You have to switch to the embedded comment form and then they'll be available again.

Blogger, why do you torment us so?

Penny Watson said...

Wait....this is the last one! Get out! *tears of sadness* I love this series. I can't wait to read this, but I am sad the series is over. What is Gail working on next?

Shanna Sandmoen said...

Can't wait to read this! Love this series! It's ending? Ergh, but as you said I'd rather it end on top than be run into the ground.

Anna said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this series. You're right about some going on and on and getting worse.

Blodeuedd said...

Ok I switched again, I hope it works now since I changed from this when people had trouble commenting :( Darn you blogger

Blodeuedd said...

The book arrived two days ago :D Yay, thank you very much bookdepo.

And the covers suck :/

Blodeuedd said...

I think it's a series about Prudence..anyway a YA series :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I won this set on ebooks..eek gads I really need to read them..and yes not a fan of this cover either!

Blodeuedd said...

Too many good books have gone that way and it always makes me sad

Blodeuedd said...

Sadly yes :/ But yes better on top than into the ground

Anonymous said...

I've only read the first one. Do you think the series got progressively worse, better, or was steadily entertaining?

Blodeuedd said...

Yay for winning :D I do hope you will enjoy them!

Blodeuedd said...

Hard to say, book 1 was gold, book 2 was good. Book 3 not so much, I can't remember my feelings about book 4 so in the end..bit up and down, but always on the good side

Carol said...

So it ends at 5. Hmm, maybe I'll read them then. I read the first one and loved it, but didn't feel like getting sucked into another series at the time.

Jenny said...

I'm so far behind in this series! I've only read book one, but that's kind of a good thing because now I can read the whole rest of the series one after the other. Love doing that:)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Well, I do have the first one on the tbr but still haven't read it. Good to know about book 4. Perhaps I won't be as disappointed now that I've been warned. At least I know I'll like the first 3!

Chris said...

Yes!! It worked! *happy email comments dance*

Blodeuedd said...

So weird, last time I did this it didn't work for you, and now they changed things around.

Anachronist said...

I loved this series as well - very original and funny!

Blodeuedd said...

I hear you, sometimes I just do not want to start a new series since I am reading a bunch of other ones

Chris said...

I really wish Blogger would stop trying to "improve" things...

Blodeuedd said...

You certainly need it after book 2, horrid horrid cliffie in that one

Blodeuedd said...

Oh book 4 was good..I think..It was book 3 that was not perfect for reasons I can't tell you

Blodeuedd said...

I hope you'll like the last part then too :)

Blodeuedd said...

Like that new..something they have for my dashboard, I have not changed to it cos it looks messy

Jenny N. said...

Same here, I really like the cover for the first two books but then they started looking more and more photoshopped.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

What? The end already? Nooooo! LOL

I'm so dramatic sometimes, but it looks like Alexia and Conell had a good run. :)

Mel said...

Bizarrely my pre-ordered copy of Timeless arrived today! I just have to figure out how to squeeze it into my next few reading books schedule...hmmm....I don't want to say goodbye but you're right about some series going on too long!

Mirjam said...

You got me interested in this series, which I am still grateful for! ;) I have already ordered Timeless, so now I just have to wait until I receive it in the mail! Can't wait.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh wow. This is the last one! I haven't even started this series yet. *holds head in shame* It sounds like a neat series. Thanks!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a fun series. I agree about the cover - not good.

Carole Rae said...

I don't get it...what is she doing on the cover? Why is she heaving her chest like that? I DON'T UNDERSTAND!

anyways....

I must agree its gets very annoying when series go on and on. They do tend to get rather bad. I feel that the Anita Blake series will be like that. So many people have told me that, but I keep reading though...great review.

Aurian said...

I so like this series and am looking forward to reading the last book. But perhaps I will wait a bit with that, not wanting the series to end.

Blodeuedd said...

Don't ask me. And the look on her face? It is snobbish together with a bad smell. So freaking weird.

Like me and Stephanie Plum, sighs

Blodeuedd said...

My copy arrived early, wohoo :D Yes I was happy cos of that cos usually they arrive late.

Karen said...

I've only read book one so far but it was really fun. I have the next two. Like you I'm happy when a series finishes sooner rather than later. So many wear out their welcome.

Blodeuedd said...

I liked the first 3 but nr 4, well I thought it was a joke as there had been joke ones posted for fun. And it looked just like that

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, it's always good to be dramatic, not just too dramatic. That is not ladylike ;)

Blodeuedd said...

That's nice to hear :D I hope you like this last part too

Blodeuedd said...

You are a bit late to the party Miss M

Blodeuedd said...

It's such a nice series :)

Blodeuedd said...

I understand that, I hate when a good series end :/

Blodeuedd said...

I can sure name a few :/

But I hope you read more of this series soon

The Bookworm said...

I have the first in this series and I plan on reading all 5. I don't care much for this cover either. Glad to hear thess were all good reads.

Blodeuedd said...

I do hope you will enjoy this fun and weird series :)

samantha.1020 said...

I skipped to the very end of your review since I haven't read this one yet. In fact, I haven't read the 4th book either. I adore this series and have been prolonging the end because I don't want to see it end. I'm happy to hear that you enjoy it as well!

Blodeuedd said...

Skipping is good then, but there are no spoilers...then again you haven't read book 4..anyway I hope you read them soon :)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I bought the first one but haven't read it yet. I bought it because I wanted to try steam punk I believe.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

not as cute as the other covers. still want to read these for sure!

Blodeuedd said...

Dunno why they changed the style

Blodeuedd said...

I do hope you try it soon :)

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