Series: The Custard Protocol #2
Published by Orbit on July 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Steampunk
"London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?" ~ Goodreads
After binge-reading the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series by Gail Carriger last year, I was really excited to be back in this wonderful steampunk world!
What I Loved:
The cameos! There is Alexia and Lord Maccon, Biffy, Lord Alkedama, and even some people from Parasol Protectorate who you thought you might never see again. I especially love seeing Rue interact with her parents 1) because I can’t get enough of them and 2) because I enjoy seeing how different and similar she is especially in comparison to Alexia!
The humor – It’s the dialogue, the witty banter, all the tea and discussions around clothing mishaps. Gail just exceeds in writing hilarious moments, and it pretty much makes me smile all the way through reading her books.
STEAM – Rue and Quesnel’s romantic ventures continue! And yep, they are getting mightily steamy as Rue learns more and more about all the acts of seduction and love-making.
THIS WORLD – There is just something about constantly being attacked on a dirigible and exploring the world and trying to save were-species that I find excessively addicting. I gobble up ever bit of new information and love seeing how the science of the times and their knowledge of the supernatural develop through out Gail’s books.
What Could Have Been a Bit Better:
This could have been my fault since I was so consumed with this book, but everything just felt a bit too rushed. There was plenty going on, but some parts just didn’t feel like they were given even enough time to really wrap up and left me feeling just a bit anxious about it all. View Spoiler »Like the whole switching of the alphas felt really rushed. I know that things were supposed to be building up to this point and Rue missed most of that, but emotionally I don’t think I was ready. And similarly, moving Alexia and Lord Maccon to Egypt and saying goodbye to them went by too fast. I just needed a bit more closure to do their characters justice. « Hide Spoiler
As a side note, THIS IS NOT THE LAST BOOK in the series! There are more to come, which is a relief because even though the ending is decently wrapped up, there are plenty of IMPLICATIONS on where and what could happen next! It’s not going to be until 2018 (and that’s probably the earliest it could be in my opinion).
Gail’s books always make me happy, and Imprudence is no exception! I think fans of this world are going to be happy with how this series is proceeding, and I just can’t wait to see what happens next!
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