Soulless by Gail Carriger – Bout-of-Books August Review

Without a morsel of exaggeration, its publisher describes this debut novel as “a comedy of manners set in Victorian London full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.” At the center of Soulless’s “parasol protectorate” is Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a young woman who lacks not only a suitor but also a soul. And those are not her only problems: When she accidentally kills a vampire, it begins a series of events that she must set out to resolve without the help of any proper authorities. A charming mass market original.

Okay, this book was fun. There is no other description for it. I love anything paranormal. I’m not picky. I’ll take werewolves, vampires, you name it. There’s just something about the mystery and mythology of these characters that makes me want to know more. Soulless had all that and more. There were vampires, werewolves, ghosts and Alexia who was born without a soul. There was also just enough romance, mystery and comedy to keep everyone happy.

I will admit that in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I could keep up. Gail has a tendency to jump from one point of view right into another without a break. It was a little distracting at first, but once I started getting into the story I wouldn’t have cared if she jumped into 3 points of view in one paragraph. I just couldn’t get enough of Alexia and the rest of the cast of characters.

There aren’t many books that make me laugh out loud, but Soulless was one of them. The romance between Alexia and Lord Macoon was simply adorable and unexpected from both characters point of view. Literally, everyone in the book saw it coming except for them, I’m not giving anything away. 🙂 I will definitely be reading the rest of this series in the near future. If you want a paranormal story with a touch of witty humor this series is perfect. I can’t wait to see where Gail takes Alexia in the next installment.

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3 comments on “Soulless by Gail Carriger – Bout-of-Books August Review

    • I read it during the last Bout-of-Books and absolutely fell in love with it. I just finished Changeless and I was planning on saving Blameless for this Bout-of-Books, but after coming to the end of Changeless *gasp* I couldn’t wait. I’m almost halfway through and I’m loving Professor Lyall even more and really missing Lord Akeldama’s flowery quips. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed out load while reading a series ever!

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