Synopsis: Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto. (from the back of the book)
Review: This is the second part of the story begun in Changless. I enjoyed finally seeing the mysterious Templers, hearing about Alexia's father, and the whole pesto thing. As for the deeper issue between Alexia and Conall, Carriger did an excellent job of putting depth, heart, sorrow and joy into their relationship. She was able to keep the characters true to themselve while exploring them as they dealt with the new issues. In all, this was an excellent book and solidified Carriger as a favorite author.
Bookmarks: 9 of 10
Date Finished: 6-30-2011