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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Soulless
by Gail Carriger
Series: Parsol Protectorate, Book 1
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: Oct. 1, 2009


At the center of Soulless's "parasol protectorate" is Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a young woman who lacks not only a suitor but also a soul. And those are not her only problems: When she accidentally kills a vampire, it begins a series of events that she must set out to resolve without the help of any proper authorities.
We are first introduced to Alexia Tarabotti when she is attacked by a rove (hiveless) vampire. After accidentally killing him she has to deal with the consequences. One of which is dealing with Lord Conall Maccoon Alpha of the local werewolves and agent to Queen Victoria's Shadow Parliament. These two have tangled before and it ended with Maccoon sitting on a hedgehog (of which he will never forget). Their banter and chemistry makes for a very entertaining read.

Alexia is soulless and makes for the most unique character that I have ever read. Her soulless state (which is not well know) and her "exotic" Italian look (which she is reminded of constantly) has made her life very uneventful. The correct term for her is preternatural and she is the antidote to supernatural. When she comes into contact with a supernatural they become human. Her true aspirations is to work for the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (BUR) which is a division of her majesty's Civil Service. But first she must solve why strange roves are appearing and the roves that were already around are going missing.

Maccoon finds Alexia annoying but is always looking forward to when the next time he gets to face off against her. He has never meet such a formidable woman and is turned on by the way she stands up against him. His Beta, Professor Lyall, already sees where this is heading. He has been Beta to a few Alphas and knows the classic signs.

Lord Akeldama is a hoot! He is a very outrageous rove vampire who acts dumb but actually is very smart and is Alexia's source of a lot of her information. He is also a very old vampire and he is about to be targeted by the same group that is behind the missing roves. And of course, Alexia is smack dab in the middle of it!

So many interesting characters. I was laughing so hard sometimes reading the dialogue between Alexia and Maccoon. Can't wait to see what the next adventure is for Alexia!


Summary from Goodreads
Book was borrowed from my local library
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