The last three months, I was on a blogging hiatus. I missed writing up reviews of several books, but would still like to give my overall thoughts.
Overdue Book Review = Read in October 2012
By Gail Carriger
Genre: YA Paranormal/Steampunk
Big Themes: Spinsterhood, Werewolves, Vampires, Mystery, Fashion
Summary: When Alexia Tarabotti accidentally kills a rogue vampire, it stirs up trouble and mystery. And the gruff Lord Maccon seems awfully protective of her as they get to the bottom of the vampire mystery.
What I Liked:
Quirky and Fresh: This book is written in such an unusual prose style with such a quirky sense of humor. At first, I didn't know quite what to make of it. I felt like I was getting pulled out of the story by the words and language distracting me. But once I got into this book, it was so fun and refreshing. There's a dry wit and teasing smile in the narration that's really fun.
Alexia and Maccon: They are both such Alphas and so used to being in charge that their back and forth exchanges were both hilarious and endearing. Their chemistry really made the book for me. But individually, they were both likable as well. Alexia is strong and poised and clever. Maccon is gruff and confident and forthright.
Premise for Supernatural: The whole premise behind supernatural beings (werewolves, vampires, etc.) was something I hadn't seen before. Gail Carriger does a much better job of explaining it than I ever could, but everything was based on how much of a soul a being has. It was a very cool concept and contributed to the world-building of her novel.
At times I had a little trouble keeping up with characters and who was who. And there were times when I found the prose style distracting from the story. But these were minor complaints and could have had everything to do with me being tired while reading.
Overall Rating: Four stars for being a fun, original read with a charming book couple.