Etiquette & Espionage

NEW SERIES ALERT THE SERIES: Finishing School BOOK #1: Etiquette & Espionage | GENRE: Steampunk PUBLISHER: Atom | RELEASE DATE: 5th February 2013 It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a…

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The best books you should be reading right now! Each fortnight we will be recommending five of our favourite recent releases that we think you will love. Just click the book cover to be taken to our full review or its Goodreads page. We hope you find some fabulous reads and maybe a few new authors too. Happy Reading! 1. THE WRONG GOODBYE by Chris F. Holm A beautifully written book that explores friendship and loss. Sam, the reluctant hero, is even more compelling in this second instalment of The Collector…

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REVIEW: Timeless by Gail Carriger

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Timeless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate #5) Orbit Books (March 2012) Paperback, 328 pages Steampunk Romance Warning: contains spoilers for previous books Timeless by Gail Carriger picks up two years after the events of Heartless, with Alexia and Conall living in relative peace after the birth of their daughter, Prudence. They still inhabit Lord Akeldama’s closet, managing werewolf pack business from London whilst living with a whole host of well-dressed vampires. Needless to say no-one is allowed to leave the house without a suitable modicum of dress, resulting in a very…

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REVIEW: Heartless by Gail Carriger

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Heartless by Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate #4) Orbit Books (July 2011) Paperback, 311 pages Steampunk Romance Warning: contains spoilers for previous books Heartless by Gail Carriger picks up where Blameless left off, with the pregnant Lady Alexia Maccon continuing to cause all manners of trouble whilst still having time to stop for those all-important cups of tea. Our heroine is eight months pregnant and frustrated with her inabilities to function as she used to, as mobility is fast becoming an issue. The frequent scenes in which she has to be…

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Blameless by Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate, #3) Orbit Books (Sept 2010) Paperback, 294 pages Steampunk Romance Warning: contains spoilers for endings of Soulless and Changeless Blameless by Gail Carriger picks up where Changeless left off, with preternatural Alexia pregnant and cast out by her werewolf husband, Conall Maccon. As the news of her pregnancy is published in the local papers (with the implication of infidelity), she is then cast out by her family and forced to seek the help of loyal butler Floote, inventor Madame Lefoux and Conall’s Beta werewolf,…

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REVIEW: Changless by Gail Carriger

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Changeless by Gail Carrriger (The Parasol Protectorate #2) Orbit (April 2010) Paperback, 388 pages Steampunk Romance Warning: contains spoilers for ending of Soulless Changeless by Gail Carriger picks up where Soulless left off, with Alexia Tarabotti happily married to Lord Conall Maccon, and the new Lady of Woolsey Castle. Due to her husband’s state as an alpha werewolf, this also makes her the new alpha female of the pack. This provides some great comedic moments in which the males have to come to terms with Alexia’s feisty character! The main plot of this book…

Gail Carriger - Soulless

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate #1) Orbit Books (Oct 2009) Paperback, 299 pages Steampunk Romance Carolyn’s Original Review: Oct 2010 Original Rating: 3/5 Carolyn’s Take: It’s light, easy to read and I really enjoyed the time period of Victorian England and the world Carriger created. Even with the few negative points I found I would still recommend it. Rebecca’s Take Soulless by Gail Carriger is an action-packed book full of vampires, werewolves and parasols, as proclaimed by the cover, a case where the cover sums up the book perfectly. It is…

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