The perfect antidote to the ultra-terrifying Hill House. This is as light and fluffy as a souffle, and just as much fun.
There is vampire with a cork stuck in his fang, a werewolf with his hat tied fetchingly under his chin, and a tomboy heroine who is learning knife-throwing techinques in between perfecting her curtsy and practicing her quadrilles.
This is Carriger's YA series set in the same universe as the Parasol Protectorate, but 25 years earlier, so it's fun to meet a young Madame Lefoux and Sidheag Maccon.
Not great literature, but who cares? Some days I want steak and caviar, and sometimes a cheese and ham toastie hits the spot. Today is a cheese and ham toastie kind of day.