Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is labouring 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?

Alexia is soulless and can therefore sort of suck the powers from supernaturals. This makes her a welcome companion for some but thing to fear for others. She's blamed for the missing supernaturals and must work with Lord Maccon to clear her name.

I'm not the biggest fan of books set in olden times, I tend to find them a bit boring but I quite enjoyed this - although I hate that cover, what the hell is she doing? Is she supposed to be walking or standing still? Either way, it looks damned uncomfortable.

As I've come to expect from a lot of books set in this era, the action is a bit slow coming and lack lustre but the story itself is good enough to make up for it. Alexia is fairly likeable but also a bit annoying and uppity while Maccon is your typical old-fashioned alpha male.

I'll probably read some more of the series - I did try the Finishing School series, set in the same world, but I couldn't finish the first book.

Book Depository: Soulless
Amazon UK: Soulless

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