Genre: historical urban fantasy + steampunk?.
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?
Thank you, Danya, for recommending this one! :)
I had a lot of fun with Soulless. It’s a great mixture of dry humor, sexy, scruffy werewolves and witty retorts, all with a steampunkish vibe (I always have trouble sorting these kinds of books into appropriate genre slots…). I never had much luck with this genre but I think this series might just change my opinon of it!
Alexia is a very interesting heroine. She’s too outspoken, too independend and too single for anyone’s liking, but those are all qualities that made me like her immensely. I would gladly choke her mother and sisters for a bit, though. Silly creatures.
Lord Maccon, the werewolf Alpha, is a great complement to her personality and for once, I liked the fact that the story focused much more on Alexia herself than on their relationship. I mean, this is a story with some romance in it (and I’d take werewolves over vampires any day, even if vampires didn’t dress in frilly silk) but it’s not a romance, if you know what I mean. And don’t let this vampire-werewolf comment trick you into thinking there’s a love triangle involved because there isn’t. This is a triangle-free book.
This story is essentially a mystery, vampires and werewolves are disappearing from the streets, especially the loners, and new, uneducated vampires are emerging, forcing Alexia to investigate. Some gruesomeness is expected when vampires and werewolves are involved, but I liked that Carriger didn’t feel the need to go over the board like some authors.
Soulless is a very nice beginning of a series that I fully intend to continue reading. In the meantime, I’ve been reading Carriger’s blog, which is worth checking out if you like cosplay, corsets and fashion in general!
Have you read Soulless? Or any other Carriger books? What did you think?
If it came down to it, would you choose werewolves or vampires?
I’d love to hear from you! :)