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Monday, April 2, 2018

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Summary: "Alexia Tarabotti is laboring 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?" - Amazon

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.

4/5

384 pages

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