Soulless by Gail Carriger: Book Review

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Cover of Soulless

5 Stars

I have waited entirely too long to write this review and gotten too deeply involved in Ken Follett’s World Without End, so this review is going to suck a little. Which is a pity because I had thought of all kinds of witty things I was going to write and now I’ve lost them.

Miss Alexia Tarabotti is soulless. When she touches supernatural beings, she neutralizes their abilities and they become human for a moment. That could be useful to the Bureau of Unnatural Registry if she weren’t a lady of good breeding. She refuses to be treated as a wilting lily and goes about, wielding her tricked-out parasol and assisting in any way she can, as new vampires who appear to be entirely clueless about supernatural laws go about wreaking havoc on society.

I loved the chemistry between Alexia and Lord Maccon from the moment he threatens to bring her out of a faint with something stronger than smelling salts. He’s an Alpha werewolf, but Alexia has enough alpha personality to hold her own against him. Their subtle yet pointed verbal sparring made this book for me. And can you say steamy? It wasn’t too graphic, but oh my gosh. *Fanning*

Alexia herself was a fantastic character. At twenty-six, she’s firmly on the shelf in Victorian society, but she’s okay with that. Better to be on the shelf than married to some half-wit who can’t keep up with her own intellect and curiosity. She gets enough of that from her family. They don’t know she’s soulless and put all of her quirks down to the fact that her father was Italian. But they’ve left her just a little insecure about her appearance and desirability. Just enough to make her feel real.

And Lord Maccon. Yum. That’s all there is to say about him. But you know I can’t leave it at that. Sexy, Alpha, protective, strong, and with a Scottish burr, who can resist him? I kept having an internal battle over his name. There’s a Macon County near where I live and Lord Maccon kept sounding like bacon. As a carnivore, I’m sure he wouldn’t object, but it kept distracting me.

I liked the way that some curious turns in history can be put down to supernatural intervention. I won’t give anything away, and it was only a very small part of the book, but it amused me.

I really liked the cover until I read the book. I kept picturing Alexia as Nia Vardalos and that bony female on the cover just doesn’t cut it for me anymore.

I don’t think I’ve read any steampunk before (I just looked at the author’s website, and I lied. This is just the most memorable steampunk I’ve read.), but if this book is at all indicative of the genre, I am hooked. I’ll be actively searching out more of this kind of thing as I eagerly await the sequel, Changeless.

Honestly, if you think that the only way The Pink Carnation series could be improved is by throwing in some supernatural beings, you will love this. If you don’t know what I’m talking about but you would like a new take on the whole vampire thing, you’ll probably like it too. It was just a hugely fun novel that I read with a smile on my face.

I won this in a contest over at Book Rat. Check out Misty’s review. She seriously has one of my favorite blogs.  Thanks, Misty!

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  1. I've heard a lot about this book, and it's in my TBR! Can't wait to read it.

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  2. I am so jealous, Juju! I was just looking at Sarah Addison Allen's site and she's going to be at a local bookstore signing books on the official release day. And I have to work that night! I'm going to have to do some begging to get my schedule rearranged for that.

    Sheila, I actually have a bookmark with post-it flags on it. It helps a lot. I can't find a link to it, but I found it at Barnes & Noble.

  3. This sounds so good! I try to put post it notes in my books with things I want to remember for the reviews but many times I forget or am not near post it notes and well… you know.

    The book sounds good!

  4. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad a few of you know what I'm talking about with forgetting all the fabulous things you were going to write in your review. Well, not glad, exactly, but it's nice to know I'm not alone.

    Thanks, Aths!

    Thank you so much, Misty! My sister is reading and giggling over it now. I wouldn't be surprised if she read it all today.

  5. I'm so behind on my reviews and I've lost a lot of the things I've wanted to say so I totally know how you feel. And yet, this review was pretty awesome to me =) Definitely made me want to go pick up Soulless now! I wanted to read it before this review but you've seriously bumped it up on my TBR list =)


  6. Yay! I'm glad you loved it like I did. To be honest, I would have sent it to you even if you hadn't won, but I was so glad when you did. I am so anxious for the next one!
    And seriously, people, don't read the first chapter until you've ordered it and are fairly sure it is in your mailbox. Seriously.

  7. Loved your review! And I'm definitely keen to read this book! I also like the cover, but sorry that the model on the cover doesn't match the protagonist!

    Btw, I've got an award for you here. 🙂

  8. wow. If this is your not so great version, it must have been an amazing book. After the last few reviews on Soulless it was on my radar and it sounded good, but I think I was underestimating the boolk

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