Author: Gail Carriger
Date of Publication: October 1, 2009
Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, E-Book
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Synopsis: Alexia Tarabotti is soulless, Italian, and a spinster; making her very unpopular among Victorian London's aristocracy. When Alexia is very rudely attacked by a rouge vampire she has no choice but to kill him, thus getting involved with Lord Maccon, sent by the queen to investigate. It seems that a number of lone vampires have been recently disappearing for no apparent reason and Alexia is determined to uncover the culprits. Because Alexia is soulless she has the power to reverse supernatural abilities, making the culprits just as determined to find her as she is to find them.
A blend of urban fantasy, historical fiction, romance, mystery, and steampunk it is impossible not to love Soulless. With a hilarious female lead, a deliciously scruffy love interest, and an entertaining plot I have to admit I am now obsessed with this series. Carriger seamlessly blends genres together creating a world of Victorian rules; full of vampires, werewolves, and mad scientists. With a bit of mystery and romance thrown in Soulless could not get any better.
Alexia is a refreshing character, she's witty and sassy; completely independent of society's customs. Her obvious dislike of Lord Maccon made me laugh and their romance, between a soulless woman who can reverse supernatural powers and an alpha werewolf who wont take no for an answer, was undoubtedly one of my favorite parts of the novel. Alexia's soullessness is an idea that is very original and adds an interesting twist to the story.
Though mostly written from Alexia's point of view Carriger does give us small glimpses into the heads and lives of other characters. Although Carriger's writing style took a little getting used to her style is perfect for Alexia, making even her insults appear proper. The exciting climax provided a perfect ending to the mystery and the epilogue tied up any loose ends relating to the romance.
Soulless is a fun, cute, entertaining, and enjoyable read. I loved every second of this book and can't wait to pick up the sequel. Carriger is a talented writer, able to blend so many genres together to create an amazing masterpiece. I would recommend this book to anyone on the market for a hilarious paranormal romance with a historical twist.