Soulless by Gail Carriger

Doesn’t this book have a great cover? The whole time I was reading it Tabby kept picking it up and calling it “the story where it is not raining and she has an umbrella.”  Indeed, Miss Alexia Tarabotti does rely upon her brass tipped parasol not so much for rain protection, but for dealing firmly with unwanted advances and the like.  That isn’t to say that men are courting her left and right-she is basically a spinster and is “cursed” with an Italian heritage and dark complexion.  No, no one is expecting her to marry. That is destined for her silly blond younger half sisters. Besides, Miss Tarabotti has another strike against her, though this one is much less known-she is a preternatural.  That is, she was born without a soul.  As such she can touch those supernatural beings (werewolves and vampires), rendering them back to their human state as long as she is in physical contact with them. Yes, in this Victorian world vampires and werewolves are an established part of society and they do not prey upon humans.  It is all exceptionally civilized and everyone follows the strict rules of society.   When the story opens Miss Tarabotti has just been beset upon by a vampire, which is so highly unusual that immediately the Alpha werewolf who works for BUR (the govement agency regulating all this supernatural stuff) is on the scene.  Alexia and the guy, whose name escapes me, begin investigating a series of similar bizarre incidents and find themselves caught up in quite a dangerous situation, but all the while romantic and sexual tensions build between them.
This very much reminded me of Buffy-funny and sexy and supernatural.  And, as it was combined with prissy Victorian society things it was especially appealing to me.  It definitely did not seem like a first book as there were many references to prior events, but apparently it is.  Not only that, but there are three more books following this one, which I will definitely be reading!

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2 thoughts on “Soulless by Gail Carriger

  1. These books are so much fun! I love her as a character, with her “no nonsense” attitude. And yeah, they are great covers. A lot of fans have done cute paraody covers — you can find it somewhere on the author’s blog, I think.

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