Blameless by Gail Carriger
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about preternaturals to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires - and they're armed with pesto.
Review by Brittany:
This is the third in the Parasol Protectorate series, and I enjoyed this one as much as the other two. The writing style follows the same pattern as the other books, with characters speaking in a dialogue appropriate for the indicated time period but also utilizes humor to keep the reader interested.
One basis for this novel was that Alexia wanted to learn more about her pregnancy and how it's possible. Although she does travel to Italy and meet some folks along the way who believe it's possible, I didn't feel like I learned much about her or her pregnancy. I hope that this part of the story develops more as the series continues.
I did enjoy reading about Conall's depression after Alexia left him. While the author made the experience a bit humorous, I think she also did well with illustrating how deeply his feelings for Alexia run and how important their relationship is to him. In the end, when he comes to his senses and goes back to her, her relief is palpable and illustrates her feelings for him as well. Their relationship is one that is quirky and believable, and Carriger has done a fantastic job of maintaining the relationship throughout the books.
I'm also enjoying the development of Madame Lefoux throughout the series. She's an interesting character and an intelligent woman who is quickly becoming one of my favorites in this series. I missed having scenes with Lord Akeldama in this book as he spends most of it outside of London.
Overall, this book is a wonderful addition to the series. I'm looking forward to continuing on!
Trying to understand one's own emotions was a grueling business.