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Imprudence by Gail Carriger eARC {4 Stars}

Imprudence by Gail Carriger is the second in the Custard Protocol series and every bit as fun and adventurous as the previous book! Prudence and friends are in for another adventure touring a different part of the world, discovering forgotten magical beings, and getting into all sorts of trouble. If you are a fan of audiobooks, I highly recommend this series on audio, the narration adds a whole new element of fun :D. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to delay reading this one in order to listen to the audio, but in the end, I couldn’t resist!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Imprudence from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Imprudence by Gail Carriger eARC {4 Stars}

Imprudence by Gail Carriger (The Custard Protocol #2)
Published by Orbit on July 19th, 2016
Genres: Historical Fantasy, Steampunk, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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?

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Imprudence sends the gang over to Egypt this time around! There is a wonderful amount of exploring, including finding out some things that apparently were revealed in the previous series, but were new and exciting for me :). Being an already mystical place, Egypt was a fantastic setting for this magical crew.
  • I’m quite happy about the slow burn romance that is solidifying and the progress that is made during Imprudence. It was definitely a romantic comedy level of cuteness as Rue misunderstood various things and her friends tried to set her straight. Additionally, Prim has a very interesting romance developing and it makes me quite happy to see a non-straight romantic plot line pop up where you wouldn’t expect it ;-).
  • These books more than anything are a jolly adventure. I knew that this would be the perfect workout read since I love these characters and their humor as well as the world that they are figuring out for themselves. When you need a rollicking good time, this is a series to pick up.
  • Turns out there is more and more magic than even our dear Rue knew about and we get to find out quite a bit in this story, but with a fair amount of foreshadowing as well. I’m quite excited to see what more is out there!

Weaknesses:

  • It severely pains me to say this, but the word ‘gypped’ appears once in Imprudence. This is such a terrible racial slur that is used far too often by people otherwise good about the racial weight of words and I’m quite disappointed that Carriger allowed it into her otherwise delightful book. It’s only the once, so I was able to keep reading, but it definitely soured my reading experience.
  • By the second book in a series, I sort of expect there to be some sort of deeper plot development going on, but so far it seems that each book is just another fun adventure. I’m hoping the series will have some sort of overarching point other than Rue having fun, but we’ll see I guess.

Summary:

Imprudence has everything you loved about book one but in a new locale and new supernatural revelations. While I wish that a deeper plot had been revealed by now, I still thoroughly enjoy the silly tone of these books.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Imprudence by Gail Carriger

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Comments

  1. Sounds interesting! I’ve enjoyed several of her books. Thanks for the review.
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