Monday, August 6, 2012


By Gail Carriger
4 / 5 Gnomes

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.

~Amazon Description~

Ahhhh!!  This has been on my to-read list FOR*EV*ER!  And it was AWESOME!  (In case it's not immediately noticeable, I am using ALL CAPS to express my enthusiasm for this particular book.)  Alexia is a tough broad in a man's world.  She's stubborn, independent, extremely intelligent, and carries a mean parasol.  So somehow she consistently ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time, at least it puts her into contact with Lord Maccon, head of the bureau that investigates supernatural related crimes.

Another book with several of my favorite elements.  The book is set in Victorian London with dirigibles, automatons, and steam run carriages.  That's right...Steampunk!  Then there's the supernatural element, mixed with a strong-willed female protagonist, and equally strong-willed leading man.  And tea.  I don't even like tea, but everything seems more refined when the hot British beverage is served.  Luckily it's a series, and I can continue reading about the vivacious Alexia Tarabotti.  Hopefully the next chapter will have more flying airships.

P.S. One more book down on my list of summer must-reads!

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