Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Parasol Protectorate series


I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first one in the series. In this one, random supernaturals (werewolves, ghosts, vampires) are suddenly disappearing OR they are losing their ability to change into their supernatural form. Our main character, Alexia (who is preternatural and has no soul), sets out on an adventure to figure out why this is happening and how she can stop it.

What I Liked

  • The first book had a lot of world building. This is a fantastic world, so I’m thankful for that, but it was great also to move on to a focus on characters and events. For a reminder, this takes place in Victorian Steampunk England.
  • I love that, in this universe, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts aren’t hidden. They’re a part of society and are regulated by the government. It’s super interesting to see how society develops with supernatural creatures. You get to see the politics inside the individual creatures’ structures (hives for vampires, packs for werewolves) but also how they interact with each other and humans as a whole.
  • Guest appearance by characters from the author’s “Finishing School” series. (And by “guest appearance”, I mean that this series was actually written first, even if I didn’t read them in that order.) We get to see what happens to some of the characters. (And oh. my. gosh. I can’t believe it took me so long to place them!)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(Some of these I included because they give you a taste of the world.)

  • “‘And what exactly is it?’ added the vampire, pouring the tea. Lady Maccon took hers with milk and a little sugar. He took his with a dash of blood and a squeeze of lemon.”
  • “‘But honestly Alexia, I do not mean to be boorish, but do you realize that your underdrawers are exposed to the night air, not to mention the public view?’
    ‘Ivy, I am hanging on for dear life to the side of a floating dirigible, leagues up in the aether. Even you must admit there are some instances wherein protocol should be relaxed.'”
  • “‘…what am I to do? I am overcome with the injustice of it all.’
    Lady Maccon replied with a suggestion. ‘Seek the assistance of an ugly-hat-addiction specialist this very instant?'”
  • “The dirigible came to rest as lightly as a butterfly on an egg, if the butterfly were to stumble a bit and list heavily to one side and the egg to take on the peculiar characteristics of Scotland in the winter: more soggy and more gray than one would think possible.”

What I Didn’t Like

  • This isn’t really a negative, but more of a heads up: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE NEXT BOOK ON HAND!! Maybe it’s just me, but the book was cliffhanger enough for me to make me dive right into the next book!

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for an adult fantasy, give this series a try!

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Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


This is book five in the Significance series by Shelly Crane. It follows Ava, the daughter of the main characters in the first four books. In this series, a certain group of people called Virtuosos (who are mostly human, but with some extra powers), find their soulmate by “imprinting” when they touch. Once they have their soulmate, their Significant, they go through a period of time before they Ascend and gain their power. Ava has grown up in the Jacobsen clan – a close-knit family that has good morals and stands up for its beliefs. Her significant, Seth, grew up with the Watsons – the antagonists from the first four books. The books very much follows the idea of star-crossed lovers.

What I Liked

  • I don’t know why I’m obsessed with this series. I love the idea of soulmates. (So if you know any great books with a soulmate AU, let me know! I want to read them!) And although there are a ton of things I don’t like with these stories (see below) I just keep reading them…
  • Seth is a firefighter, which brought some unique challenges we didn’t get to see with the original characters (Ava’s parents).
  • The star-crossed lovers thing was also a very intriguing idea. This also lent itself to some interesting plot points that we haven’t seen yet from this society.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The grammar and the writing. Oh. my. gosh. For a while I though these books were just self-published eBooks, for which it would be understandable if they weren’t well edited. But apparently she does have an editor?! If you are her editor and you’re reading this – please go read a book by Jeff Gerke. I’d suggest 50 First Pages or How to Write Christian Fiction. Then problems such as the following could be avoided:
    • Telling and not showing
    • Treating the reader like they’re stupid. (Stating “I knew this was such a significant moment in my life” is unnecessary. If the scene was written correctly, we the reader already know that!)
    • Restating the same things over and over and over again. Unless of course it’s an important detail, in which case it’s only mentioned once and never again.
  • Ava is supposedly attending university. But the way it is described sounds a lot more like high school… Are there universities out there with bell schedules? And a lunch time that everyone has?
  • While I understand that he first four books are romances following her parents, it is still incredibly weird the way in which Ava describes her parent’s romantic life. “Hanky panky would have been had” is something I would never imagine a teenager saying or even imagining about her parents.
  • Twenty years or so have passed since the last book ended. However, nothing much seems to have changed. Either in the human world or in the Virtuoso world. And that was weird too.

In Conclusion

If you can get past the sloppy writing and poor grammar and you’re weirdly obsessed with the soulmate AU idea like I am, then read this book. Otherwise, it’s not for you.

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Penryn and The End of Days Fashion: Post-Apocolyptic Practical

I thought it would be fun to make some fashion boards based on the Penryn and The End of Days series. All four of the outfits come from book three. Sorry if they’re not perfect – they’re the closest I could get with what I could find on Polyvore. 😊

(This post contains spoilers for End of Days by Susan Ee.)

(2018 edit – this post was orignally done using Polyvore, which no longer exists. It has now been re-done using Fashmates, so images may be different than original post.)

Penryn’s outfit choice in The End of Days, when they go to an abandoned mall to shop.
The outfit Penryn chooses for Paige at the same shopping excursion.


This one comes from page 61 of End of Days.
“‘You won’t always be fighting, Penryn. There will come a time when you’ll be so bored that you’ll wish you were fighting.’
‘I can only dream.’ I pull out the dress and lay it against me, feeling the soft, sparkly fabric.
He reaches out as if he can’t help himself and runs his forefinger along the shoulder of the dress. ‘If I were human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.’ He sounds completely sincere. ‘Better than anyone else’s. It would have golden pineapples, the juiciest grapes, and the most flavorful radishes in the entire world.'”
Clearly the least attractive outfit from the set, but when you’re living in post-apoclyptic times, you make do with what you’ve got. I did the best I could with Pooky Bear.

Did I miss any outfits? Which of these are your favorite?

💗 Annette

Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 3 of the Penryn & The End of Days series

Penryn and Raffe continue to work together to survive after the events of book two, World After. Old enemies and old friends from Raffe’s past start to come to light as they face situations among the angel elite. Tensions rise as the angel’s plans increase danger to the remaining surviving humans on earth. Will Raffe continue to stay by Penryn’s side?

This book was awesome!!!! It gets five out of five stars. I definitely did not want to put this one down. It was very intense, in a Hunger-Games-Meets-Dante’s-Inferno sort of way. The action ramps up, and so do stakes. Has Penryn been making the right choices so far? Or have they all been wrong, based on feelings and not fact? The author does a great job of bringing everything together in the end.

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Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 of the Penryn & the End of Days series

(This post contains spoilers for book one, Angelfall. See my review of that book here.)

After the events of the previous book, Penryn and her family travel back to the only other people they know – the Resistance. Things are complicated, however, by her mother’s abnormal antics and her sister’s zombie-doll look and behavior. And, of course, the angels.

This book was great! If you plan on reading this series, I’d recommend setting aside a weekend to do so. Plans or not, you will end up reading them all in a short space of time. 🙂 My only problem with this book was that the ending seemed so… weak. I felt unsettled since the conclusion was really just a segue into book three. This book had a lot of action and was paced nicely to keep my interest the entire way. I love the intricacies that the author wove in. I also love Penryn – whose character remains strong and consistent as she goes through these events.

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Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Book 1 of the Penryn & the End of Days series

Penryn is a seventeen-year-old who is trying to survive after her world has been destroyed by angels. In a desperate dash for safety, she and her family discover a group of fighting angels. One of them flies off with her younger sister, and her schizophrenic mother disappears. She takes a wounded angel hostage, hoping he can lead her to her sister.

The series overall was fantastic, but this was my least favorite of the three books, getting three out of five stars. My reservations about the book are as follows:

  1. It gets really weird really fast towards the end. It makes sense in the context of the series, but not in the context of just one novel.
  2. This book feels like part one of a three part story. Like the series should have been written as one book, instead of three.
  3. I was expecting this book to be in the young adult paranormal/dystopian genre. It’s more in the sci-fi/horror/thriller genre. Maybe if you go into the book expecting  that, it’ll read better.

That being said, there are still some great aspects of this story. Penryn is kick-butt, even in the face of everything happening. She’s a strong and spunky character who only gets better as the story goes on. Raffe (the angel) is a mystery, and it’s fun to read and discover more about him and angel society as the story progresses.

Have you read this book/series? Are there any other angel-themed series I need to pick up next?

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