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Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carigger

Soulless by Gail CarrigerTitle:  Soulless
Author:  Gail Carriger
Publisher:  Orbit Books
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Steampunk/Adult (18+)
Read: June 2012
Rating:  4.5
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Synopsis:  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.

My Thoughts:  It took me two tries to get into this book but I am so glad that I gave it the second try!  I really really enjoyed Soulless.  This book is full of some of the most fun and most original characters that I’ve seen in a very long time. It is book with a little bit of everything:  humor, romance, suspense, and more.  I loved Lord Maccon (head of the London werewolves) and Alexia immediately!

This is the first book in the Alexia Tarabotti Novel series and I can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out what happens next with Miss Alexia.   Soulless isn’t great literature but it is a well written fun little read.  I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in giving steampunk literature a try

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