Publisher: Orbit (Oct. 1st, 2009)
Paperback: 365 pages
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
After the Twilight Saga I really didn’t think I’d ever wanted to read about more vampires and werewolves. I left Soulless for many years before finally giving in and reading it. This is what I have to say to myself:
Dear Soulless-less Self,
You should have just picked it up and read it years ago. It’s hilarious. Alexia is a sassy and witty soulless spinster who has the ability to negate supernatural power with her touch and Lord Maccon really is loud, messy, gorgeous and werewolf (in all the best ways).The plot is good a mystery with an even more entertaining journey to solving it. Go forth and read the rest of the series now.
Sure enough, despite my uncertainty, it’s actually had a lot of things I love in a book. It was a nice change from all the young adult books I’ve been reading, having a heroine that’s older than 17 years old and isn’t whinny. The book actually had a lot more romance (and at parts reads like a Victorian romance) in it than I had expected, which wasn’t a problem at all since I do love my romance. To boot, Lord Maccon, the earl of Woosley, is an extremely amusing match for Alexia as she’s able to keep up with his alpha ways but show him who’s boss too. Not only did I love the two main characters (Alexia and Maccon) but all the side characters are also wonderful. Professor Lyall (Maccon’s beta) has such a lovely dry humour and Alexia’s best friend Ivy is just plain silly. Than there’s all the other Werewolves, Vampires, clavigers and drones, each having enough personality that makes them hard to forget.
Carriger does a great job of using the fantasy/paranormal aspect as the basis of the plot without it overpowering the whole book. It’s also considered to be in the ‘steampunk” genre, though personally I felt there was little use of it in this first book (having started the second book, there’s definitely more now). On several occasions this book had me snickering out loud. It’s a relaxing read and perfect for summer (or maybe it’s because I’m reading this series at the lake it gives off that feel) but whichever, with the interesting plot line, and a good dose of humour and romance, this was definitely an enjoyable read.
Upon reflection, I think this book is 4.5 star for me, easily a re-reader.
[Ps. Check out a short teaser for Book 2: Changeless via my Teaser Tuesday Meme]
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