Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger


Genre: Steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy
Series: The Custard Protocol #1 (sequel series to The Parasol Protectorate)
Goodreads rating: 3.82
My rating: ★★★★

Warning: Spoilers for The Parasol Protectorate series


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 love Gail Carriger work. The Parasol Protectorate series is one of my favourite series, so when I found out there was going to be a sequel series about Prudence, I got very, very excited. Sadly the publishing date was a long time away back then and when I finally got my hands on Prudence, my memory of what happened during Parasol had become a bit fuzzy. Luckily the most important things are briefly explained again in Prudence, so that wasn’t a problem.

The book started a bit slow for me, though I liked meeting all the new and old characters and there were some funny and witty moments, it was a bit boring and for a moment I was scared that this wasn’t going to be as good as the original series. Thank God the pace picked up once they got to India! From there on out lots of things happened and mysteries had to be solved.

I loved seeing the old characters from Prudence point of view, especially that of her parents. I did miss the old main characters, but throughout the book the new ones grew on me and I’m sure I’ll come to love them (almost) as much as the originals. Prudence is a lot like her mother, yet it is clear she has also been raised by Conall and Akeldama, which makes a brilliant combination. Primrose, Ivy’s daughter, and Rue are the perfect team and Percy (Prim’s twin brother) and Quesnel (who you may or may not remember from Parasol)   are also on board. I’m not sure how I feel about Percy yet, but I totally ship Rue and Quesnel (Ruesnel?).

There’s almost as much action, humor and tea in this one as in the originals. The world building has expanded and I can’t wait to see what else Gail comes up with in Imprudence. All in all a good introduction to this new series, that I’m sure will only get better. If you enjoyed The Parasol Protectorate, be sure to pick this up!

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Waistcoats and Weaponry Review


Genre: Paranomal // Steampunk // Historical
Category: YA
Series: The Finish School #3
Goodreads rating: 4.13
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary (2020)

Class is back in session…
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Timesbestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

Review (2020)

Another enjoyable instalment in The Finishing School series! If you’re not familiar with these books (they’re not as popular as they should be, like their sequel series The Parasol Protectorate, which I highly recommend), go read them right now! As of now there are three books in the series: Etiquette and Espionage, Curtsies and Conspiracies and this one: Waistcoats and Weaponry. I think a lot of you out there would just buy them for their covers; I mean, look at them. I hadn’t heard of Etiquette and Espionage or Gail Carriger, but the cover just immediately grabbed my attention! And then the blurb! I’m so happy I picked it up, as it led to discovering The Parasol Protectorate series, which is one of my favourite series. I do recommend reading them before The Finishing School though (do keep in mind they’re adult books!), as there isn’t much world building in the Finishing School series while there is in The Parasol Protectorate. The society is a lot more explained in those books, and meeting characters from Parasol in Finishing School is just a lot more fun!

Okay, now that my love/worship/praise for the series itself is out of the way, on to Waistcoats and Weaponry in particular. The characters were amazing as usual and they have grown since the first book. ‘Growing up’ was a significant theme throughout the book and I loved the new problems that came with it. The book still had a lot of light moments like all of Gail’s books. She has such a witty style and I love her humour.

I also want to talk about how British this book is. I mean, yeah, it takes place in Victorian England, but the mentions of tea, oh my god. The characters are so upset when they don’t have tea; I loved it. Probably because I can relate, haha. I can’t live without tea. I get cranky, guys. Real cranky.

Okay, back to the book! I feel like it’s hard writing a review without giving spoilers for the book and the series. Just know that if you love steampunk, paranormal (though there are more paranormal aspects in the sequel series), good humour (though I guess it depends on your own sense of humour. I love Gail’s, but you might disagree), mystery, loveable characters, tea, Victorian England, espionage and so, so much more, than read this series! Though like I said before, I’d recommend reading The Parasol Protectorate first, but again, keep in mind they’re adult books. I didn’t know when I read the first one and the sex scenes threw me off. Thankfully the other books in the series aren’t as graphic.

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