Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Posted February 15, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless


by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Pages: 258
Published on October 1st 2009
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Etiquette & Espionage , Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

4 Stars

I’m happy to say I quite liked this one, dispite it not being in my usual wheelhouse. Soulless is a historical, steampunk-ish, paranormal, sort of romance mystery. I think that’s about right. So of course, not something I’d usually pick up. But I was feeling like reading something I would usually not choose and this one was the first I came across. I must say that I don’t reget it for one bit!

Soulless is about Alexia Tarabotti, who has no soul and is a spinster whose father was italian. One night she’s attacted by a vampire and accidentally kills him, starting an unexpected chain of events. Together with Lord Maccon, Alpha of the local werewolf pack, she must find what’s happening with London’s nightlife.

It’s hard to describe what this book is about exactly, just like it’s hard to choose a specific genre for it. The main ones seem to be historical, paranormal and romance. Again, not something I’d usually read. So it’s a surprise that I ended up liking it as much as I did. I loved the writing, though for me it took a bit of getting used too. I get headaches from the way they talk in historical novels. Very formal and stiff. But after a few chapters I got used to it and I was sucked into the story, so all is good in the end.

I did love the characters. Alexia’s family was pretty tiring with the way they treated Alexia though. I loved Professor Lyall and Lord Akeldama! And Alexia’s butler, Floote. But of course I loved Alexia and Lord Maccon the most. Their interactions were very entertaining and I liked their romance and how it was not the most important part of the story, though it did play a big role. Alexia is a great and pretty relatable character and I loved her a lot. Though it was a bit confusing that she was Alexia one sentence and Miss Tarabotti the next.

If you’re a fan of paranormal and/or historical books, this one is for you! It’s an entertaining, fun read with great characters set in Victorian London and I’d absolutely recommend it.

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Bee

About Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol ProtectorateCustard Protocol, andSupernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea

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