Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Review by Sarah:

I thought that it was a delightful read. I will agree with Jan and say that there was an aspect of the main character that reminded me of Mary Poppins at first, but as I moved further into the novel I started to see Alexis as more of her own character. 

The book takes place in Victorian England, where werewolves, vampires and ghosts are an accepted part of society.  However, even amongst this assortment of beings Alexia is bit of an oddity.  One, she is considered a spinster, two her complexion is considered unfashionably dark (her father was Italian), and third and most importantly Alexia is missing a soul.  Her lack of a soul is not generally known in polite society, in fact it is such a secret that not even her family knows of her soulless state. 

The book starts out with Alexia attending a ball in which acceptable refreshments are lacking. So, she has tea cart brought to her in one the host’s sitting rooms.  However, she is not alone. She is soon set upon by a hungry rogue vampire who tries to bite her.  This is a futile effort, even though the vampire doesn’t know this, because Alexia being soulless renders supernatural beings human. The poor hungry vampire tries few more times but he loses his fangs each time he touches Alexia. Alexia soon tires of these attempts and pulls out her trusty parasol and threatens the poor vampire. He makes the mistake of lunging towards her and impales himself on the tip of her parasol which just happens to be wood.  So it’s not really her fault that the vampire dies but that doesn’t stop Lord Connall Maccon from getting involved. Lord Maccon is the Alpha werewolf of the local pack and is also head of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (BUR), which investigates crimes that involve supernatural beings. It turns out that this is not the only rogue vampire that has been killed in London in the last few weeks. Of course at first Alexia and Lord Maccon don’t see eye to eye as to how to find out where these rogue vampires are coming from. While they state that they don’t like each other, that doesn’t stop everyone else in seeing how well they fit together, in more ways than one.

It was a fun read and I like how Alexia is certainly not your typical Victorian lady.  I have read the first three books in the series, there are five total in the series right now. The book get progressively more steampunk as the series goes on. 


  1. Gardiner Public Library's RIP-pers (Readers Into Paranormal) read this a couple of months ago, and REALLY enjoyed it. Last month we read it as a Graphic Novel - this was truly a fun way to experience the book in a different way!

    1. What I liked about the book is that it can fit into many different genres. I may have check out the graphic novel. Do you have copies there at the library that I could ILL? I'm not much of a graphic novel reader but the one I am excited about is "Fever Moon" based on Karen Marie Moning's fever series. If you haven't read this series I would highly recommend you do so. It is my favorite urban fantasy series. ~Sarah