Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Publishing Date: October 1st 2009
Pages: 384
Genre: Steampunk, Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Source: Mass Paperback

Goodreads Summary:

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 a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.


What a fun book. I absolutely loved it. The story is full of mystery, monsters, romance, humor, and even a little action.

The story takes place in London during the rule of Queen Victoria. With a little bit of spice added to the era, London is aware of all things supernatural. Werewolves, vampires, and ghosts oh my! To keep the supernatural in line there are agencies set up to watch the city. One more thing, Alexia Tarabotti is a preternatural, the supernatural cannot touch her.

On the night of a party that Alexia is attending she is attacked by an aware vampire who isn’t aware his strength and his teeth will not work on her. Of course this is not the crime, the crime is that he attacked at all. Now Alexia will join forces with a hot werewolf in the investigation.

Alexia, Lord Maccon, and many more unique characters fill this book. Alexia is an awesome heroine. She is smart, eccentric, and fearless. I have not enjoyed a heroine this much in a very long time. Lord Maccon is hot, sarcastic, and lovable. The banter between these too is possibly one of the most entertaining banters I have ever read. We add this to a flamboyant vampire, a clueless best friend, and a furry second in command and you get an award winning cast that will keep you laughing out loud from start to finish.

I have a very strong feeling this will be one of my favorite series.



  1. I have finished the second one as well and very much enjoyed it. Carriger does an amazing job with the characters. Great review!

  2. I love this series!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope you continue to enjoy it as you continue throughout the series. I've read it all and was very sad to see it end, but am looking forward to Ms. Carriger's spinoff series this winter!!!

  3. I have these series on my TBR list and haven't got a chance to read them yet. It sounds really interesting, I think I need to pick up one this week. Thanks for reviewing it!!!


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