Review: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger ~~ I Was Born Into the Wrong World

6381205Title: Soulless
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Author: Gail Carriger
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: syfy, steampunk, fiction, fantasy, romance, paranormal
Pages: 365
Source: library

Rating: 4/5


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?


My Thoughts:

I believe that this is Gail Carriger’s first series.  For those who have been following me for a big you will know that I have read 3/4 of her Finishing School series which is a spine-off of this first series.  That was a bit confusing, sorry.

This is a hilarious steampunk story about the paranormal living among us.  I feel as though this one focuses more on the actual supernaturals and the relationship between the vampires and werewolves.  It is exactly what you could want from a Victorian age steampunk novel.  I’ve noticed that through steampunk stories, women tend to have more spunk and power in the victorian era than they historically did.  This book was no different.

Alexia is a sassy, straight-forward, and knows her way around the supernatural world.  While immune to supernatural effects, she is not immune to romance.  While described as ‘soulless’, the first thing that comes to mind when that is said is Sam from Supernatural (cheers for the reference mis amigos!), and that’s not how I see Alexia.  She is more of an anomaly who reverses the effect of supernatural forces, calms down rogue werewolves and vampires alike.  She’s one of those characters that I wish I could meet in person and get to know her and her life.  I also enjoy that she is not necessarily what we would consider to be the super sexy protagonist, but she is what we would expect a realistic person to be like.

As far as the setting, this book plays off of the time period so well that it’s easy to imagine being there.  The hardest thing was keeping some parts straight, for instance, I really want to sit down sometimes and create a map…but that’s going to be a whole other endeavor for a time.  I highly recommend this book and basically anything Gail Carriger has written because it’s all so very well done!

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