Soulless

Posted April 11, 2010 in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

SoullessSoulless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Published by Orbit on October 1, 2009
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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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?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Literary's Views

This story was a really great read. I don’t usually read historical books but this book had me eating my words. The plot was a very original take on the supernatural genre.  What would it be like if England during the nineteen hundreds knew about the supernatural world and allowed them into society? In the book you found out in the telling of a witty strong character name Alexia Tarabotti who navigates us into her world.

I really liked Alexia and how strong her personality was. Reading about her adventures were very entertaining and had me turning the pages to find out was terrible mess she would get herself into.  All of the characters were well develop and added to the over all story.  Garriger wove a delightful story that wasn’t packed full with historical bagged but only included things that enhanced the story.  The action, romance and mystery were all woven together perfectly not one over powering the other. If you like a great page turner with all the vampires, werewolves and more this book has it all and more.  Be sure to pick this up!!

5 Stars

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