Book Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger

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I received this book for free from ALA Midwinter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Prudence by Gail CarrigerPrudence by Gail Carriger
Series: The Custard Protocol #1
Published by Little, Brown Book Group Limited on 2015-03-19
Genres: fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: ALA Midwinter
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From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

I’m always a fan of Gail Carriger’s writing. I love her humor and her characters. So far I’ve only read her Finishing School series but I bought the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series as well in hopes that I’d be able to read it soon. Then when I found out she had another series starting and that it was a New Adult series, I was super excited! Having not read her adult series but knowing there’s very little romance in her YA series, I was hoping there’d be romance mixed in with the humor and ridiculous situations her characters always seem to find themselves in. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any more romance in this book than in her YA books. But I still enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing the characters again in the next book!

The best thing by far about Gail Carriger’s books is the humor. They’re really just fun to read. The characters find themselves in tricky spots and funny situations. They belong to proper British society but that doesn’t stop them from running around the streets after a lion or showing up naked after being in werewolf form. But the humor is done in a way that isn’t over-the-top ridiculous, it’s just perfect. I love it.

As I said above, however, I was looking forward to a bit more romance than there is in her young adult series. I haven’t yet read her adult series so I just assumed there was romance in that. I don’t actually know now if there is any or not because while there was flirting and a little bit of attraction, there really wasn’t any romance at all in this. I was really surprised. And disappointed. And I don’t know if that’s fair at all or not because it doesn’t mention anywhere about romance in the book. But still, I was hoping for it. Especially in the beginning when we meet the characters. I had a feeling about one in particular and kept hoping and hoping that they’d give us more. But nope, nothing. Maybe later in the series we’ll see a relationship develop. I’ll keep hoping for that.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It wasn’t my favorite Gail Carriger that I’ve read. It was a bit slow and the action scenes never really quite worked as well as I had hoped. But the characters were fun, especially when all put together, and the humor is just as I remember it from her other books. If you’re looking for a fun paranormal steampunk book and don’t mind a lack of romance, I’d definitely recommend checking out Gail Carriger.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Penguin on 2015-08-18
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

So. I originally had this marked as a June release but going back to it so that I could make this post, I see it has been pushed back to August. I’m not that thrilled with that but I understand things happen. And while this one is definitely on my wishlist, it’s not one I’d do anything for. I really enjoyed My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True but they weren’t my favorite YA romances. Still, I’m excited to revisit the world of My Life Next Door. Jase is still one of my favorite book boyfriends. I think I might actually reread My Life Next Door before this comes out because it’s been such a long time and I really do need to revisit the Garretts. They are seriously THE BEST family ever in a YA book. I love them!

What are you waiting on today



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Should Have Read as a Child. (Changed slightly from the “real” topic this week.)

Technically, the topic for this week is our favorite books from childhood. Unfortunately, I was not a reader as a kid. Whenever someone handed me a book, I brushed it off. Even in school, I probably only read about half of the assigned books. I highly regret that now, of course. But luckily, books are still here! I can go back and read all of the books now that I should have read as a kid. I did read some books. A few favorites were Matilda, The Boxcar Children, and Number the Stars. But I read very sporadically and it was almost never my first choice of activities. And then by the time I reached high school and they had us reading books like The Scarlet Letter, I pretty much gave up on all books. Eventually, and obviously, that turned around. A lot in part to Harry Potter, even though I was an adult when they came out. And I’m so glad things have changed for me. But there are still times I wish I had been a reader when I was a kid. This is one of those times. So I changed the topic a little bit this week to share books that I wish I had read as a kid and will someday read as an adult.


The Wind in the Willows Shiloh (Shiloh, #1) Bridge to Terabithia The Phantom Tollbooth Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) Jacob Have I Loved Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) The BFG Redwall (Redwall, #1)
Those are the books I think most people read when they’re younger that I completely skipped. I’m hoping this week will also give me ideas on books I should have read as a kid and also books that I can now share with my kids. It has been fun experiencing books for the first time with my kids.

What books were your favorites as a kid?


New YA Releases for April 2015

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March was such a great month for books, I hope you were able to get your hands on a few of them. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows and The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. If you have, did you love them?!?!?!?!?!?! I sure did. If you haven’t read them yet, don’t worry. They’ll still be there when you get the chance.

But the books aren’t slowing down any time soon! Spring is such a huge time for new releases and April is another big month. I’m really excited for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, None of the Above, Play On, Happy Again (a novella), Things We Know by Heart, An Ember in the Ashes, Lying Out Loud, and Sweet. See? A ton of books! Which ones are you most excited for?

April 7

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2) Lies I Told None of the Above

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2) The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1) I Am Her Revenge Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Relaunch, #2)

Watch the Sky Ask the Dark Zeroboxer

April 14

The Water and the Wild Forged (Taken, #3) Play On Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1)

All the Rage Boring Girls Denton Little's Deathdate Hit (Hit, #1)

City Love The Pretty App (App, #2) The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3) Happy Again

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion

April 21

Things We Know by Heart 99 Days Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2) The Death Code (The Murder Complex, #2)

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1) Endangered Every Last Promise Finding Paris

Asa (Marked Men, #6) The Remedy (The Program, #0.5) The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #3) Challenger Deep

The Trials (Project Paper Doll, #3) Stolen Magic (A Tale of Two Castles, #2)

April 28

The Secrets We Keep The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1) The Secrets of Attraction Magonia

Rook The Boyfriend Project An Ember in the Ashes Invincible (Invincible, #1)

Lying Out Loud Black Iris Rogue (Talon, #2) Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2)

Valiant Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) Legend: the Graphic Novel Omega City (Omega City, #1)

The Replaced (The Taking, #2) The Game of Love and Death In a World Just Right Hunted (Sinners, #2)

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Sweet (Contours of the Heart, #3)

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Let’s Celebrate Spring Giveaway!

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Today is the first day of spring! But it doesn’t feel like it. And I know some parts of the country are even getting snow. While it’s just gray here, thankfully, it’s definitely making it hard to feel like spring. My mood definitely needs a pick-me-up so I decided to do a giveaway to cheer us all up!

I was going to give away one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year but I did something similar in February so I decided that I’d show you some of my favorites but let you have your choice of any book or books you want up to $20 instead. That way you aren’t limited to just the books I’ve read and loved. You can find any book or combination of books up to $20 that you will hopefully love and cheer up this gross weather for you!

Here are my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year (but you aren’t limited to these books):

I'll Meet You There The Last Time We Say Goodbye The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) Paper or Plastic The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend The Glass Arrow
Rules for the giveaway:

  • You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent’s permission to enter.
  • The contest is open to International readers, so long as The Book Depository ships to you. <—check here if you aren’t sure
  • There will be one winner who will receive their choice of book or combination of books up to $20.
  • I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
  • One entry per household.
  • I’m not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged in the mail.
  • I will delete entries that don’t follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don’t cheat.

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