Gail Carriger's delightfully witty 'Soulless' is a joy to read. Fun, fast-paced, and most certainly lascivious in parts, we follow Miss Alexia Tarabotti through a Victorian England populated by vampires, werewolves, ghosts.
Alexia has a knack for trouble. Firstly, she's 'soulless'--a preternatual being lacking a soul, and thus able to cancel out the supernatural abilities of vampires and werewolves; secondly, she's a 26 year old spinster; and thirdly, she is most rudely attacked by, and accidently kills, a vampire at a ball. She could possibly live with this if it weren't for the abominable manners of said vampire.
Thrust into adventure and intrigue, Miss Tarabotti must deal with mortal peril, the romantic overtures of a man who's both a werewolf AND scottish (appalling! though he is so very appealing) and make time for tea at the meantime.
I can't think of anything I didn't love about Soulless. The witty dialogue, banter between the players, and a cast of secondary characters equally as enjoyable as Alexia herself. The tension betweent the romantic leads is palpable, and the Victorian setting makes it absurd in a way I adored. I loved Alexia's motivations and reactions. After being attacked by a vampire, she's not upset by the attack, but by how incredible rude it was, and that a perfectly fine treacle tart was destroyed in the process. The book also earns props for an awesome cover, that sticks out in today's marketplace.
A thoroughly entertaining read for romance, steampunk, paranormal fans.
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