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Soulless by Gail Carriger

6381205Title: Soulless
(Parasol Protectorate series book 1)
Author: Gail Carriger
Source: Bought second hand
Series: Parasol Protectorate series
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Orbit
Pages: 365 pages
Category: Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Fiction

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?

I bought this book in the local thrift book shop (booksale). The synopsis got my attention because of the phrase “she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette”.The story also had werewolves, vampires and preternaturals / soulless. Its setting is in the victorian era. This novel is like a Jane Austen novel with paranormals as gentlemen and a parasol wielding spinster.

The reading experience was fun. I enjoyed the conversations between Miss Tarabotti and Lord Maccon. My rating is such because the novel for me started slow. It became more exciting after reading 100 pages. Also, the author describes everything to the detail which I greatly appreciate BUT this somehow destroyed the pace of the novel. Despite this, I definitely enjoyed the book and as usual I am looking to reading the other books under this series.


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