Competence (Custard Protocol, #3) by Gail Carriger

Competence (Custard Protocol, #3)

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes the delightful sequel to Imprudence.Accidentally abandoned!All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange ...

Details Competence (Custard Protocol, #3)

TitleCompetence (Custard Protocol, #3)
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Vampires, Romance, Young Adult

Reviews Competence (Custard Protocol, #3)

  • Siobhan
    Gail Carriger is my go-to author for steampunk reads. Her Parasol Protectorate series was insanely addictive, a total joy to read. Her Finishing School series was also a wonderful read, and whilst it wasn’t to the same level as the Parasol Protectorate series it was really enjoyable. In truth, The Custard Protocol series is my least favourite series from the author. For me, The Custard Protocol is lacking in the punch that made me enjoy the pri...
  • Melissa
    Competence, book the third in the Custard Protocol, very much lives up to the adventurous frivolity of the series. I enjoyed watching Primrose evolve and come in to her own. I can’t wait to see how the Spotted Custard crew handles the new challenge aboard the decks. I loved meeting the new creatures in the world and finally getting a plausible cause for California’s inane beauty standards. Brava, Miss Carriger, you’ve done it again!
  • Kate
    *Audio Version*As always, wonderfully ready by Moira Quirk but this time it just wasn't enough. I was bored. I feel like the author had a lot to say about love and relationships and social pressures, but also had a lot of adventure to write. Unfortunately, there was about 70% love and relationships (and endless conversations about them), 20% etiquette/ fashion and 10% story. There were so many interesting things presented and then dropped. Or pre...
  • Carolyn F.
    AudiobookQuirky funny book, like all of the other books I've read by the author. Very enjoyable. New kind of supernatural introduced. Slow moving romance came to fruition. I recommend the book/series.
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyCOMPETENCE, the third book in the Custard Protocol series continues the excellent adventures in frivolity, fun, and danger that the crew of the Spotted Custard find themselves on. I absolutely love the world this series is set in and the expert combination of steampunk and romance is key to that for me. There is always more world for the Spotted Custard crew to discover and and it was fun to see a differ...
  • Gianna
    I think I'm falling a bit out of love with this writer. I still love the world she created for these books, but I don't like the characters as much as with her other series, so it all becomes a bit... silly. If not frustrating. The plot of the book is almost forgotten, so the drive of the book is the romance and the two pov's, which I both didn't enjoy, an issue that this entire series has had for me. Such a shame, since I loved the first two ser...
  • Asia
    I don't know what it is with "Custard Protocol" series but I don't enjoy it as much as other Gail Carriger's books. I like them but some things bother me and sadly, it's just not on the level of "Parasol Protectorate" (which is one of my favorite series ever!).
  • iam
    4.5 starsWhat a delightful addition to the Custard Protocol series!I knew from the very first book that I would love Primrose and Percy, so when I heard that books 3 and 4 would be from their perspective I was delighted. Competence focuses more on Prim, while book 4, Reticence, will have Percy at its center.The story is closed in itself and only losely guides the book's events. The crew of the Spottet Custard starts out in Singapore with a ...
  • Linniegayl
    I listened to this in audio. As always, Moira Quirk was a delightful narrator. I wasn't convinced I would enjoy this entry in the Custard Protocol series, as I knew it was Prim's story (the daughter of Ivy Tunstell, Vampire Queen and best friend of Alexia from the Parasol Protectorate series). And I'll admit, the opening chapters in Singapore were a bit slow for me focusing almost completely on Prim and Tasherit. Tasherit is clearly still in love...
  • Bart
    Actual rating: 4.00
  • Wendy
    “Competence” revolves around the adventures of the crew of “the Spotted Custard” as they face a crisis with a slow leak in their dirigible; Prim Turnstell schemes to replenish the lost helium; the ethical reform of Prudence Akeldama’s cousin Rodrigo Tarabotti; and the rescue of a new type of vampire in Peru.Revolving mainly around Prim Tunstell the plot tends to deal more with her romantic entanglement with the werecat Miss Sekhmet than...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: violence, blood. I've been a little hit or miss with the books in this series to date. I haven't enjoyed them nearly as much as the books in the Parasol Protectorate series or the Finishing School series. But they're still a hell of a lot of fun. This one I enjoyed more than the previous two - it cuts back and forth between Percy and Primrose as narrators, so we get to see Rue from the perspective of her friends, which is certai...
  • Alicia
    Why does Miss Gail DO THIS TO ME
  • April Sarah
    3.5 Stars.
  • Chelsey
    it would be five stars—ladies! multirace multispecies romances! transfolks from other cultures! however the treatment of the humans living in Lima was all horribly colonialist. it is one thing for a character to hold a Wrong Thought. It is another to never prove that the locals are anything more than idiots who cannot tell the difference better vampires and pale people. Like the Spanish conquistadors or the onship Italians are THAT much darker?...
  • Lizard And Wombat Romance Reviews
    Lizard: 3⋆.Wombat: 4⋆.Overall: 3.5⋆.
  • Lisa Wolf
    Picture yourself floating through the air, with a ladybug-spotted balloon overhead, surrounded by your best friends and some adoring crew members. Picture yourself floating above India, Africa, even the Pacific Ocean. Picture yourself with fancy hats, stylish traveling dresses, and oversized parasols.Fun, right?Did all that imagining make you feel light and bubbly, maybe even a little giddy? Well, that's a bit what reading the Custard Protocol bo...
  • Lee (Rally the Readers)
    Also posted on Rally the Readers.* An eARC was provided by the author for review.4.5 StarsIt’s been a while since we last checked in with the motley crew of the Spotted Custard, but the newest installment in Gail Carriger’s The Custard Protocol series was absolutely worth the wait! I didn’t realize how much I missed this group of adorably quirky characters until I started reading Competence.The title is very fitting here, as the novel focus...
  • Martina Nix Govoni
    E fu così che Prim uscì dall'armadio e tutti gridarono "Finalmente!". Percy compreso. Che c'era arrivato prima di lei.Ero contentissima che questo romanzo fosse incentrato su Prim e Tash. Alla prova dei fatti è stato più corale e meno focalizzato su di loro di quello che speravo, ma va benissimo lo stesso. Va bene perché il risultato è molto equilibrato. Vedere Rue con gli occhi degli altri personaggi, entrare nella testa di Percy (e rimane...
  • Jessica
    It’s always, always a delight to read Gail Carriger, especially as her imagined universe has matured; her characters wholly inhabit this fabulous alternative Victorian space, and it’s clear that Carriger loves them all. To be honest, Competence, the 3rd book in the Custard Protocol series, started a bit slowly. I mean, there was some initial excitement, but the bulk of the action seemed a bit contrived, so I couldn’t quite get comfortable. ...
  • Karissa
    This is the 3rd book in the Custard Protocol series and was well done. This book focused more on the relationships between the characters than the actual adventure to find new vampires in new lands. However, the story does get to that point eventually. I enjoyed the humor, adventure, and characters. I do wish that the story and plot had made a bit more progress though.I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. Moira Quick al...
  • Alicia
    2018-08-16 my last couple of reads, I was in the mood for something on the fluffier side, which this decidedly is. It's part of the Custard Protocol series, but instead of focusing on the girl from the first two, it centers more on her best friend Primrose, who I found much much more interesting (and adorable). Or maybe I was just more invested in the romantic plot here, seeing as it involves a WERELIONESS!!! Ge...
  • Marie
    ARC, part 3 in the Custard Protocol series.The glorious Spotted Custard, (the red and black dirigible owned and captained by Prudence Akeldama Maccon, Rue to her friends) is out and about making the world unsafe again.This book however is mainly from the point of view of the honurable Primrose Tunstell, as she is the focus of this lovley story. However Professor Percival Tunstell supplies additional insights occasionally, surprisingly insightful ...
  • Caitlin
    Another fun steampunk romance, this one leaning a little more heavily on the romance, because it's condensing it all into one book instead of two or more. This book focuses on Prim, who, you might recall, seemed very level headed and practical about her interactions with society-approved partners. There is, it turns out, a reason for that.This book reminds you, that if you take stock of the characters, there's a great deal of diversity. Some as o...
  • Imogene
    So, I finally figured our what bothered me so much about Prudence/ Imprudence.The protagonist has EVERYTHING. She is the most powerful, AND only one of her kind, with devoted loving wealthy parents willing to give her everything INCLUDING a romantic partner as part of her “gift” of a crew of “floaters”.Somehow them mc (aka one or both if the twins) not automatically having everything handed to them made this book a whole lot more interest...
  • Rondi Olson
    Love Gail Carriger? Then you will love this entry into the her vampire and werewolf filled universe. Everything you'd expect, adventure and a little bit of romance. I got a huge kick out of her new vampire species, as well as the closer look at Primrose. Now I just have to know if Percy will get his story told?This author has volumes that range from YA to racier adult material. I would say this is for adults, although no more graphic than SOULESS...
  • Katie Whitt
    I love this series so much, and while I enjoyed this entry I felt that it wasn't as strong as the previous ones. I did like how it focused on Primrose, and her relationship with Tasherit, but I felt like the sections from her brothers perspective dragged for me. The main story seemed to be more of a subplot as well, and wasn't really the focus. I'll still read anything else she writes, but this one wasn't a favorite.