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15 April 2015


Carriger, Gail. Prudence. Orbit, 2015

Prudence, daughter of both Lord and Lady Maccon (a werewolf and a soulless) and also adopted daughter of Lord Akeldama (a vampire) is a metanatural: she can take on the supernatural powers/properties of another person just by touching them. She is given her own dirigible and sent on a mission to India to recover a particular new type of tea, but she soon finds that there is more than tea to deal with.

I didn't find myself liking this book as much as I liked the original series or the Etiquette & Espionage series, but the story picked up when they started talking about weremonkeys. There also seems to be a bit of debate as to where this book should be shelved in the library. Probably the most appropriate spot would be "new adult," if your library has such a category, but it would easily fit within a YA collection as well.

Recommended for: teens, adults, fans of steampunk
Red Flags: Whenever Rue changes shape, she loses her clothing, so there are lots of mentions of her being naked, but the Victorian setting dictates that these scenes are not remotely graphic or descriptive.
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

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