Title: Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit 2011
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Steampunk
How I Got It: I own it!
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?
I think this was my favorite one yet from the series. I love pregnant Alexia; she’s feisty but clumsy. She’s such a treat to continue to follow her unconventional life. Although I love her to pieces, Lord Akeldama and Biffy have become my favorite characters. The interplay between those two is just fantastic. Carriger has captured me again. I can’t wait to read Timeless and find out what happens with the baby, the newly installed hive and of course the pack. It’s such a shame I have to wait until spring!