Monday, November 9, 2009

Soulless ~ A Book Review filled with Vampires, Werewolves, and Parasols!

Are you looking for a completely unique reading experience? Gail Carriger's Soulless combines fantasy and the supernatural with the romanticism of Jane Austen with idiosyncratic flair! Soulless is a cabaret of supernatural satire; a tacit twist on the ever popular vampire theme which is certain to be different from any other vampire novel you've ever encountered!

Publisher's Blurb:
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 is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced!

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and 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? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

I am eager to say that from Gail Carriger's interviews I share her favourite spare time activities and her archaeological background. When ask, "When you aren't writing, what do you do in your spare time?"
Her response: "Drink tea. Although, come to think of it, I do that while I'm writing as well..."
It is truly lovely to meet another tea addict such as myself. You can learn more about Carriger...perhaps...on her website!

Alexia is the most plucky, intelligent, and--despite her soullessness--utterly charming and seductive character I've come across recently. Any woman who fights off unruly and ill mannered vampires with a brass parasol holds water with me. Wicked wit and charming supernatural social graces abound! Soulless is the first novel in the Parasol Protectorate and I am "thirstily" awaiting Changeless {the second in the series} set for release in May 2010!

I would more than recommend this book to any fan of British Romanticism who hides a bit of wicked soullessness beneath their un-rumbled, polished politeness!

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