BFTA Review: Gail Carriger – Soulless


Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Parasol Protectorate #1
Rating: 4/5
Read for: 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge

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? (

This book has been on my to-read list for a while, and with good reason. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

While I did over-all like the book, I have a bit of book ADD, at least when it comes to getting to the point, and getting to what I want to read (which may not be what everyone else wants to read). I really just wanted to get to the part with Alexia and Lord Maccon together, because the rest of the plot just moved slowly. Not to mention all the making out they do was just some huge build-up, and I just wanted it over with all ready. So every time something else happened, I put the book down and walked away. It made it a little difficult to get through, but I made it.

There were parts of the book that made the passing time a little confusing. At some point, I found myself thinking, “whatever happened to him?” about a minor character, only to find out that the date he’d set to see Miss Tarabotti had not yet passed (although it definitely seemed like enough time had passed).

There was also a lot of scientific discussion, mostly about how being a vampire or a werewolf worked, and I found myself bored yet again. A lot of the novel seemed to be talking. Miss Tarabotti talking to this person or that, trying to uncover information and getting herself in more and more trouble.

I feel a little torn about this book, because while I enjoyed it very much, I spent a lot of my time bored with all the conversation.

Originally posted 12 February 2011.


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