Series: The Custard Protocol #2
Written by: Gail Carriger
Published: July 19, 2016 by Orbit
Synopsis: 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?
I absolutely love Gail Carriger and all her books. I've been wanting to get all caught up on her books and I finally took the time to listen to the audiobook to do just that. And I am so glad that I did because this book was totally fantastic.
My favorite thing about probably every Carriger book is the characters. They are always such amazing, quirky, and fun characters and this book wasn't any different. I fell for the characters here in Prudence and I was so happy to have them all back in my life. Rue is just as brash, sarcastic, and take charge in this book which was amazing. It was also fun seeing her get a little more complex and vulnerable here. All in all, Prudence is a fantastic main character and I loved being back in her head and along for more of her adventures.
But that is only the beginning because this book is full of amazing secondary characters. In this book we got to see more, and learn more, about Rue's parents. Lord and Lady Maccon play a big part in the overall plot which was amazing because I love Alexia and Conall so I was very much interested in getting some more of them. And Lord Akeldama is always a joy. Then of course we have the crew of the Custard. The Tunstall twins were amazing and fun. Prim was super awkward and adorable while Percy is as insufferable as ever. Then of course the is Quesnel. Ugh, I really loved Quesnel in this book. He's so roguish and charming but the troublemaker that he was as a child. Him and Rue are amazing together too. I'm such a romancephobe but no one melts my cold heart like Gail Carriger. Because seriously I shipped it so hard. Because all in all Carriger knows how to write amazing and likeable characters.
She also knows how to write a thrilling plot. There was so much action and adventure in this book. Rue and The Custard are constantly finding them in some sort of scuffle, whether by their own doing or someone else's. It made for a fun and exciting plot for sure. However the plot in this book wasn't quite so self-contained. It built on some things from the first book as well as some things from the previous series which was interesting enough. And it did build to an exciting conclusion with plenty of excitement along the way. However, when it was all over it just felt like it lacked a little cohesion. It didn't have quite the impact that I expect from a Carriger book. It was still a good plot and I am confident the next books in the series will be great but I think maybe the plot here could have been a little but more.
The world however was just as fantastic as I expect in a Gail Carriger book. I have always loved the way that she balances steampunk and paranormal. It's the perfect balance of historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The world is complex and detailed. With every book we get to explore the world even more and learn more about it. Every thing we learn here was fantastic and so interesting. I don't want to give to much away but there are more were creatures that come into play here. With every passing series things develop even more and I love the way everything ties in with previous books and previous series. This is now my eleventh book from Gail Carriger and you would think by now I would be sick of this world but I'm not. I want more.
I totally loved this book. It's another fantastic example of the magic and fun that is Gail Carriger and the world that she has built. This book has amazing characters, a thrilling plot, and a unique and interesting world. It was a great audiobook and a good read.
I give Imprudence by Gail Carriger 9 out of 10 stars
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