Friday, July 1, 2016

Prudence Read-Along: Chapters 9-12 (+ Giveaways)

Welcome to the third review in the PRUDENCE READ-ALONG, hosted here on Skye's Scribblings and the Goodreads Gail Carriger Fan Group! (For information on the Read-Along, see the Introduction post here.) Below are my brief thoughts on this week's chapters, as well as another Q&A with the author, and don't forget to enter the giveaways at the end for the chance to win great prizes!

Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)
Title: Prudence
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Orbit
Links: Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble
            Amazon  |  Book Depository

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?

This week we read Chapters 9-12.


After conversing with a rather unpleasant vampire and receiving a change of mission (followed by an intriguing lesson in romantic encounters), a mysterious new acquaintance takes Rue and company on a tour of the city where she reveals there is more to Rue's mission than just tea before being whisked away by persons unknown. To garner a deeper understanding about what might be going on, Rue visits another acquaintance to investigate and discovers the supernatural set may be wider than previously realized. Borrowing a new form, she goes in search of the expansion and, although things don't go quite as planned, after an unexpected stop and a lot of exertion she makes a topping supernatural discovery - although at a rather unfortunate time.


Plot: Goodness a lot happens in these chapters! Discoveries and revelations abound concerning all things supernatural, romantic, fashion, and tea. I was happy Rue finally got serious about what's going on and began actively ferreting out answers - she may have stumbled upon some things a little too easily, but the rapid progression of plot was a welcome change from last week's inhibitions.

Cover: I love it when the cover outfit is in the story! Although what a scandalous outfit to choose. ;) (Page 226 for those who didn't recognize it.)

Category: Although this series is technically categorized under "Adult," given Rue's age, off-to-see-the-world attitude, and sexual explorations, I feel this has all the hallmarks of a New Adult book. Thoughts?


Character: Miss Sekhmet. Not only is she a member of my favorite species, but I love what she does to Prim.

Scene: Rue and Quesnel's escape. All that excitement, dashing about, various states of undress, and a peppery Spoo.

"Regardless, darling," said Prim to Rue, "you are clearly most unwelcome."
"Evidently. Shall we stay a while?" 
"How did we go from tea to death so quickly?" wondered Quesnel.
"Sometimes," said Prim darkly, "there is a very fine line between the two." 

So what were your thoughts on Chapters 9-12? Join the discussion on the Gail Carriger Fan Group HERE or Comment below!

NEXT (7/3 - 7/9) WE FINISH WITH: 

Q. Rue visits some exotic places in Prudence! Are there any interesting research tidbits you learned that didn’t make it into the book?

A lot of my research into Indian mythology didn’t make it in. And some stuff on the origins of various colonial influenced dishes. Like Vindaloo. Vindaloo is fascinating. 

Author Links: 

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In honor of the Read-Along, Ms Gail has generously donated two signed Prudence ARCs!! As these would be a special addition to any Carriger fan collection, this giveaway will be open to Gail Carriger Fan Group Members only. (US addresses only though, apologies International fans!) Want an ARC for your collection? Just be or become a Fan Group member and join the read-along discussion!

Imprudence (The Custard Protocol, #2)

And don't forget I'm also holding a giveaway here on Skye's Scribblings for a Carriger button set procured from Gail Carriger's Zazzle merchandise account, and a hardcover of Book 2, Imprudence! To enter, spread the word about the read-along and join the discussion either below or on the Gail Carriger Fan Group!

(Important Giveaways Note: If you post your discussion comments on the Goodreads Fan Group, your single post link can be entered into both giveaway forms - you don't have to post at both locations, or do more than one post. Unless you want to, of course! ;)

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