Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review : Soulless (Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger

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? 

Monsters, Mystery, and Mayhem. 
It's been a while since I've had this much fun reading a story!

Alexia Tarabotti is a brilliant, lovable heroine with a knack for finding and causing trouble. She's a preternatural, a being without a soul. This prevents her from fitting in with most others, including her family who openly treats her as the outcast that she is.

Lord Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, compliments her perfectly. He's attracted to assertive, intelligent, open-minded women and with Tarabotti he gets that and a whole lot more.

One of the many highlights of this fantastic story was the slowly developing romance between Alexia and Lord Maccon. They are one of the most adorable couples that I've read about in a very long time and I couldn't help but to cheer them on. Maccon's pursuits were equal measures romantic and comical. A combination that worked very well with this story.

The secondary characters were also delightful and well-developed. I can only hope that we visit them again in future installments. 

Overall, this was a fabulous beginning to the Parasol Protectorate series. I can't wait to read the next one!


Alexa said...

I have this book sitting on my shelf, unread, like so many of my pretty books lol.

I really need to pick this one up since I usually read Young Adult and the romance always develops too fast in the genre. I'm thinking I need to slow it down with some great adult books.

Thanks for the great review.

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