Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

  • Review: Soulless
  • Series: (Parasol Protectorate #1)
  • Author: Gail Carriger
  • No of Pages: 365
  • Release Date: October 1, 2009


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? — Goodreads

What’s happening:

After Alexia kills a vampire, who has a lisp and has no idea of what Alexia is, she is at odds with everything. Mainly what was this vampire doing? It is social standard to know about Preternaturals, and to have a lisp!? Vampires are taught by their hive to be social acceptable but this vampire was starving, lisped around his fangs and knew nothing about her. Indeed many questions arose and all prior to Lord Maccon entering the room and seeing her in disarray.

As usual they did nothing but irritate each other. He wanted her out of the way but he also would not answer her questions, not that it seemed he even had the answers. Perturbed by the disturbance, by her growling stomach and by her muddled dress, one of her best, she strode out planning to find out what was going on.

Little did she know that she would get herself into much more of a mess than a few bits of food on her dress. And the messier her life gets the closer Lord Maccon gets. Near to strangling Alexia with his overwhelming but somehow good smelling, and good looking appearance she tries to convince herself that he is no good for her and she is a 26 year old spinster anyway, what would he want with something that looked and acted like her?

My thoughts:

Outstanding plot, fabulous characters. I’m totally in love. There is so much to say about this book but here I found myself speechless, having quite literally just put it down. But I can say, I can not wait to pick up the second in this series, Changeless. I do love how absolutely strong Alexia is, even when facing a werewolf and even the hive Queen of Vampires. She does not back down from a fight. And even with society the way it is she also doesn’t back down from knowledge. Instead of flitting after every pretty dress she sees, she has bigger and better things on her mind.

Lord Maccon is also fantastic. He, being the Alpha Werewolf, will not back down from a fight or an argument and he argues every chance he gets with Alexia. Finding her confoundedly ridiculous but appealing in so many ways, he’s attracted to her mind and body where others are left thinking she will never find someone that will like her looks, not to mention her temperament.

They are both surrounded with intelligent individuals who know even before they do, that they are a match made in supernatural heaven! It’s the getting together of their relationship and the fabulous mystery of who is behind missing vampires and werewolves alike that is so exciting. And who knew lisping vampires could be so funny?

But it is Lord Akeldema who has stolen my heart. Ever the peacock, he loves clothing and gossip but more importantly he is a fierce friend and that makes him the most fabulous player in Soulless. Hands down, fabulous!


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  2. Thanks for the link, your blog looks really interesting so I’ll be following along xx

    1. Thank you so much! As does yours!

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  5. confession..i have the boxed nook set of the first four or five books and bought them after reading another fab review like yours..and for some reason they keep getting shuffled around my tbr pile…your review has totally reminded me why i need to read them..thanks !

    1. I’ve done that with so many books lately! It is a really easy read when you need a little bit of paranormal romance in your life. And honestly it’s just too cute!

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