December 20, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Series: Parasol Protectorate 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: October 9, 2009
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: Purchased
Genre: 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?

This is going to be quick as a lot of you have read this or have seen it enough to know what the heck Gail Carriger's into. 

A backstory for me. I've read the YA spin-off, Finishing School, and though it belongs in the same universe, Parasol Protectorate belongs to a different timeline. With that precedent, I jumped to SOULLESS thinking it's a grown up version of Finishing School.

And boy was I wrong! So very wrong to make such broad assumptions! 

SOULLESS is as witty and clever as FS, and a different flavor altogether. I thought it would be rife with action, what with a spinster soulless borderline social outcast who is too smart for her own good... Or reputation... And an Alpha werewolf for a hero who is also the head of the British Empire's version to the supernatural MI6.

And it's not that although there was some action, but SOULLESS is more of a courtship-societal ton story with faint Cinderella influences with a slice of mystery than a full-on action adventure. Alexia Tarabotti armed with her rather fancy parasol, is such a delightful heroine, too clever to be considered feminine, too exotic to be pretty, and gives zero fucks to be a social butterfly. And I love her to bits! Also Ivy, the BFF decked in her outrageous hats and horrid outfits comes at a close second. 

As for Lord Maccon? Damn the dude being a werewolf still haven't shed his caveman ways, I credit that to his (sexy) beastial instintcs. I loved how he "courted" Alexia and found his constant discombobulation around her adorable! He moves fast too as the two ended up riding off to the sunset at the end.

I enjoyed this cherry popping very much! I will come back for the rest of the books for sure. I can't wait to get a good dose of how Alexia and Lord Maccon's blissful life is like.

Talk Supe


  1. I like this series. Carriger writes steampunk so well - it's a lot of fun!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. I'm gonna start this as soon as I get caught up with her YA series in the same world. My library has the audio books now, so I'll try those. Great review!

  3. I heart this series so much! The humor just cracks me up, and the banter between Alexia and Lord Maccon is absolutely brilliant. Glad to hear that you loved it too, sis!

  4. Yet another series collecting dust on my shelves. Definitely need to get a move on.

  5. I've got this one sitting on the shelf just waiting for me. Need to get around to it. I like how you describe the heroine.

  6. This sounds like a fun books. Vampires and werewolves...sounds good to me.

  7. Such a fun series although this is the best book in the series.

  8. As always, your review is so exciting, and seems like there is soooo much going on in the book! Hugs...

  9. Ah yes, I need to read this. I'm still a Carriger virgin. Just waiting for the right time ...

  10. Well, discombobulated lords are usually adorable... :D Haven't tried the series, but boy does it sound yummy! I'm taking notes... Meanwhile, Merry Christmas, dear Braine, to you & yours! May you spend a joyous day with your closest and dearest! <3

  11. I love this series and I'm glad you had a good time with this first volume. SO much fun and I know I need to finish the series now.

  12. Alexia sounds like a kickass heroine! I love steampunk so I'll definitely have to check out this series!!
    Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

  13. This is one of the books I have but still need to read. I think I would love the heroine.

  14. I read this probably four years ago and I liked it but I don't know I wasn't over the moon. I don't know why I havent' gone on with the series. I need to.

  15. LOL! We must have Carriger on the mind. Oh I just finished the YA series and I still need to get into these. I know not to jump in with expectations! Brilly review!

  16. Okay, lol, you sold me as well. I've been meaning to try this series forever - going to now. It sounds so fun :)
    Merry Christmas, Braine!!

  17. Sounds different from what I expected. I gotta try this one.

  18. About time! I loved this series to death and I hope you can read more of them real soon!

  19. I haven’t read the other series but have heard amazing things about it. I like the sound of this one for sure! Great review :D


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