Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Pub. Date: October 2009
Publisher: Orbit/Yen
384pp

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?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Soulless is laugh out loud funny! I really didn’t know what to expect going into reading this book, but I am thrilled to say that it delivered on all accounts. The plot, characters, and writing has me wanting to dive in and read more of Carriger’s books.

Once I got use to the jargon and supernatural culture in Soulless, this was an exciting page turner for me. I had some late nights with this book and it was so hard to put it down. The main character Ms. Alexia Tarabotti is downright hilarious. She is outspoken, witty, and charming throughout this whole book. I absolutely adore her! I loved every interaction Alexia had with Lord Maccon, a sexy alpha werewolf who also happens to be a government official sent to investigate the supernatural disappearances in Victorian London. You could practically see the sparks flying between these too. The secondary characters deliver too. One of my favorite characters in this book has to be eccentric vampire, Lord Akeldama. He is so funny and charming with his words of endearment for Alexia. Just about everything that came out of his mouth had me laughing.

I will admit there were times where I was tempted to pull out a dictionary with some of the medical terms that were used to describe the whole soul measuring process, but I love the direction Carriger took with this book. All the supernatural beings and their culture were a great addition to the story and I was quite intrigued with the mystery behind discovering the chances of drones surviving metamorphosis if they were to be turned into a vampire or werewolf.

Soulless totally rocks and if you’re looking for something different, this highly entertaining historical fantasy is definitely a great book to read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

43 comments :

  1. I really really can't wait to read this! Great review!

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  2. Great review! I can't wait until my copy arrives! ^_^

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  3. I don't think I can express how much I know I'm going to love this book. I'm very glad to hear you say it made you laugh aloud, though...that's always a good sign. :) Happy Wednesday!

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  4. I was already wanting to read this book, but your review sold it for me! I'm glad its as good as it sounds!:)

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  5. Love this book like a bag of chocolate kisses. Nom.

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  6. I'm quite anxious to read this now!

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  7. So glad you enjoyed it! I'm reading right now and loving it!

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  8. Great review, I really want to read this! Wow laugh out loud funny? I really need one of those(:

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  9. This does sound good. My first thought was that someone redid a Paranormal Mary Poppins. Thanks for the great review

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  10. Hmmm...your review made me really want to read this! I could use a little bit of humor to shake up all the paranormal/fantasy books I've been reading lately! Thanks for the review!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

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  11. I'm so looking forward to this one so I'm glad you loved it!

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  12. I love this book about as much as the raw cookie dough I consumed this evening.

    LOVE IT! :)

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  13. It's really as good as she says plus Gail is a great guest blogger too, she's everywhere this week! (My blog included)

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  14. great review! i'm going to have to add it to my wishlist.

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  15. I'm really looking forward to this one, and your review makes it sound like a must-read!

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  16. Great review. So many people have reviewed it and say its fantastic.I can't wait to read it.

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  17. I have heard so many great things about this book, and I can't wait to read it!

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  18. I've been looking forward to reading this -- it sounds like a lot of fun.

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  19. That was an AWESOME review!!
    I want to read this SO bad!

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  20. I was already kind of interested in this book... but you sealed the deal for me. Definitely going to have to buy it as soon as possible!

    Morning Glow

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  21. I'd seen this book several places, but wasn't interested enough to stop and read the review...now that I've read yours, I'm adding the book to my WL!

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  22. What would you call this genre? Paranormal history? I don't know. But it sounds good.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  23. This book sounds great and I LOVE the cover so much!

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  24. I've read good reviews on Soulless saying how funny and humourous it is so am interested in reading it.

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  25. Great review. I dont normally care of historical type books but this sounds great.

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  26. I can't wait to actually read a steampunk/urban fantasy book. :)

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  27. This book has been on my to read list for a while, but I'm super excited about it because of so many positive reviews I've been reading! I'm really glad that you liked it. :)

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  28. Sounds interesting. I saw this on the shelf the other day when I was buying another book. Glad to hear that there are some interesting books like this still being written. Just the overall setting seems really unique.

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  29. Ohman, this looks hilarious! I can't wait to read it!

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  30. I seriously want to read this. I can just hear her voice in my head from reading the synopsis.

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  31. I was really glad to hear that you liked the book. I love her take on the story. It sounds just like a book that I will not be able to put down.

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  32. This looks amazing! I can't wait to read it.

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  33. Sounds great. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Will have to get my hands on this one.

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  34. Victorian London, strong, witty character, fantastic title, I need to read this book. Thank you for the review.

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  35. It sounds like the protagonist is a lot like the writer!

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  36. I loved this book also, It did take a bit to get use to the jargon, but after awhile i caught myself talking a bit like alexia!

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  37. Shawna L
    weloveourdogs@juno.com

    I am always up for a new kind of Vampire Book Thanks for the review!!!

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  38. Thanks for the review - I like to read books that are going to make me laugh.

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  39. This sounds very intriguing! Glad you liked it so much. Thanks for the review.

    Marie

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  40. Wow! This book sounds AWESOME!!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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