Morning all, drop down and take a load off and we`ll jaw for a bit.
Y`all know, if you peek at my sidebar, that I`m an avid reader. I always have been it seems but since I`ve chosen to run with the title of writer I seem to be devouring books much faster. They say to be a writer you have to be a reader. Also, since my daughter is older now I find I have more time to spend with my nose buried in a book. Most of my reads are paranormal romances. What draws me so to this genre I can`t say precisely, but nine times out of ten the book my nose is buried in will be a Para/Rom. Something about vampires, succubae and werewolves appeals to me….
Oh yeah, now I remember what`s so damned appealing about the genre! Anydoodles, since I spend so much time reading I thought that I`d pass along my thoughts and opinions on the books I read. Now first off we all know that opinions are like-Well we know what they`re like and we all have one. This is just my feelings on a book. Others may feel different and that`s groovy! Since I like to jabber I figured word of mouth suits the posts that`ll deal with whatever book or series I`d like to share so others can read them and enjoy them as well if they wish.
Just yesterday I finished the third book in ‘The Parasol Protectorate’ series penned by the adorable and witty Gail Carriger.
The books are in sequence-Soulless, Changeless and Blameless. Let me give you a tidbit from the author`s profile inside these delightful books.
‘Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life for Europe and inadvertently acquired an education. She now resides in the colonies with a harem of Aremenian lovers and tea imported from London.’
That kind of wit runs wild throughout her books! Her lead character, Alexia Tarabotti is a woman with a jacked-up parasol and a wonderfully bright and scathing mind to match. Since the series takes place in an era when women wore gowns, gloves, bustles and filly hats and aspired to be nothing more than wives Alexia, with her rather large nose and bosom and her *Gasp* Italian ancestry, have already been shelved and termed a spinster at the advanced age of twenty-six. Ah but Miss Tarabotti does not remain on that shelf long! For she ends up in a very passionate relationship with Lord Conall Maccon, a Scots werewolf that has taken over the Alpha rank of the Woolsey Pack in London after leaving his homeland.
I won`t divulge too much but the very fact that Alexia who is a preternatural, meaning her touch steals the powers from any supernatural being, (Werewolves revert back to human, vampires lose their fangs and their strength and speed, as long as Alexia is in contact with them that is) is canoodling with a werewolf just adds to the mirth! Ms. Carriger creates wonderfully fun and vivacious characters starting with the protagonist and moving through the secondary characters. I fell in love with Lord Akeldama in the first book! Imagine a foppish vampire with a manse filled with gaudy, handsome popinjays eager to serve his Lordship! Alexia`s family and friends are a glorious pleasure for any reader and their quirkiness adds layers to the stories.
The perfect mixture of romance, mystery, action, adventure and steampunk carried me from book one through book three in two weeks! I only have one small complaint about the books though. Although we do have some warm scenes with Alexia and Lord Maccon they don`t go far enough for my tastes. Feral prefers to have steam erupt from her ears and pages ignite when she reads sex scenes. The romance scenes so far tend to reach the ‘Ho-Boy-Here-We-Go!’ stage then discreetly evaporate, only to pick up after the serious canoodling is over. Now y`all might not mind that but for me, if she gave us a hotter time in the bedroom I wouldn`t complain!
Aside from that glitch in the erotic department this series is a fun-filled character driven romp that I hope others will enjoy as much as I have. So there you go, some word of mouth about a trio of books that should have the fourth installment titled ‘Heartless’ coming out in July of this year. Thanks to Kasey Cox, owner of my much loved local bookstore for suggesting Ms. Carriger`s work to me! I`ll definitely be picking up ‘Heartless’ when it arrives in Wellsboro and more I`m sure, can`t leave that store with only one book for some reason!
Ain`t this word of mouth stuff fun?!