Monday, April 2, 2018
Soulless by Gail Carriger
This novel has been on my to-be-read list forever. I enjoy alternative histories, but I'm not big on steampunk, so I was thrilled to find out that those elements were few. This is mainly a story about Alexia and her journey through a world that considers her the ultimate outcast - a spinster! - when even werewolves, ghosts, and vampires are accepted.
When I started this book, I was a little disappointed as I was expecting a more Buffy than Jane Austen. However, as it went on and I adjusted to the tone and vibe, I fell head over heels for Alexia Tarabotti. She is intelligent, stubborn, inquisitive, confident, and basically all the things. The romance elements are well done, the side characters are totally over-the-top, and the plot sensible and great fun.
This is a series, and I will pick up the second book soon, but for now I am content to have journeyed through this odd Victorian London with Alexia.