Soulless

Soulless

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Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society.
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?
SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
The Parasol Protectorate Soulless Changeless Blameless Heartless Timeless

For more from Gail Carriger, check out:
The Custard Protocol Prudence Imprudence Competence Reticence
Finishing School (YA) Etiquette & Espionage Curtsies & Conspiracies Waistcoats & Weaponry Manners & Mutiny
Publisher: New York. : Orbit, ©2009.
ISBN: 9780316056632
9780316402415
Characteristics: 373 p. ;,18 cm.

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Alexia Tarabotti won't let a man dictate her actions or future - even if he is a vampire or werewolf


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Vibe97 Dec 09, 2019

This is the start to a brilliant steampunk series with a supernatural element. Even for those who shy away from the extraordinary will be drawn in by the adventure and romance of a woman way ahead of her time. With the odds stacked against the main heroine in Victorian England, Alexia manages to create her own advantages that exceed her own natural (or rather preternatural) talent.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 15, 2018

I picked this up after reading the finishing school series. I liked that we get more of Lord Akeldama here and I love Miss Tarabotti as our lead. It begins with spinster 26-year-old Miss Tarraboti trying to find some food and a good book at an underwhelming party, when she is attacked by a vampire with a lisp. Carriger does a wonderful job of making Alexia Tarraboti an independent and smart woman of style, while still making it clear that her family's treatment of her as less than desirable has convinced her that it must be true, setting us up for a sweet and funny love story amidst the murder and mayhem. While this adult series has quite a bit more steaminess than the finishing school series, played against the comedy of manners it shouldn't put anyone off.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 07, 2018

Looking for Romance? Adventure? Werewolves and Vampires and Ghosts, oh my? Like a little steampunk in your supernatural? The "Parasol Protectorate" series has it all and more. Soulless is the first in the series, and introduces Alexia Tarrabotti, half-Italian Victorian era spinster. The writing is sharp, fast and witty, the plot goes fast and twisted, and the heroine is wonderful. A rollicking good time. — Jennifer K., Ridgedale Library

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katboxjanitor
Mar 06, 2018

What a wild blend of genres, if it had not been so highly recommended by two friends I probably never would have thought about picking this book up.

This mashup of super- & preter- natural with a hefty serving of humor, steampunk and near-regency 'romance' shouldn't have worked but I enjoyed the heck out of Soulless.

I am waiting for the next book to become available for pickup.

ArapahoeSteffen Feb 08, 2017

SO GOOFY. Sorta a romance/steampunk hybrid. I couldn't help but laugh at the protagonist, even as I blushed to read this book in public. Scottish werewolves and gay vampires, foreplay and Victorian dresses.

bibliosara Jan 06, 2017

I wish I could have given this book higher than three stars. If I'm being totally accurate, it would probably be closer to 3.5 stars. I absolutely loved the main character. Alexia is quirky, genuine, and smart (both attitude-wise and intelligence).

Set in the world of Victorian England, be ready for a big twist: paranormal and supernatural creatures exist in this world, and they are facing a great deal of problems. Prejudice is common, and plenty of supernaturals aren't quite behaving themselves. Carriger writes an amusing story that you just can't seem to put down. With handsome werewolves, flamboyant yet terrifying vampires, and our own soulless and lovable Alexia, the scene is set for a grand adventure.

So why only three stars? Well, despite the great characters and setting, I just didn't like the writing very well (it seemed fragmented and rushed at times), and I personally dislike when violence is passed off as humorous. Although the bad guy gets his due at the end, I also found the plot just not quite resolved enough. I would recommend this, however, for urban fantasy and fantasy romance lovers. It is a light take on historical urban fantasy, and will make you laugh more than it will make you hold your breath. (Plus, there's plenty of focus on the bad-boy werewolf.)

mvkramer Dec 02, 2016

After I read the Finishing School series - and found them to be bubbly and fun - I thought I'd pick up Carriger's first series. It was quite the disappointment. The writing is a lot clunkier and less - effervescent. It's just less fun. As always, it's heartening to learn that even a published author can grow and improve. I will follow Carriger and check out her new material, but won't keep digging into this series.

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nidofito
Oct 02, 2016

Perfect when you're in the mood for a light-hearted and fast-paced PNR

ArapahoeBridget Sep 16, 2016

This is a delightful mix of werewolves, vampires, a practical spinster, and surprising romance. I adore the characters and their witty banter almost as much as the delicious descriptions of food and snacks! Pick this up for a smart and funny take on romance and the supernatural.

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shayshortt
Sep 08, 2016

As I’ve come to expect from Carriger’s work, Soulless is a witty romp through an alternate, supernatural Victorian England, with an added bit of oomph the romance department in comparison to the young adult works that introduced me to her oeuvre. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/09/08/soulless/

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ellensix Mar 22, 2018

Werewolves had to obey the laws of physics just like everyone else.

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shayshortt
Sep 08, 2016

“Miss Tarabotti was not one of life’s milk-water misses–in fact, quite the opposite. Many a gentleman had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice–that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”

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Sep 08, 2016

At twenty-six, Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a spinster. With a dead Italian father, and a rather plain visage, she has made her peace with that. More troublesome is her soulless state, a fact known only to London’s supernatural denizens, including vampires and werewolves. Unfortunately, no one informed the newly made vampire who attacked her at the Duchess of Snodgrove’s ball that touching a soulless would steal away his supernatural abilities. When Alexia kills her attacker, she finds herself under investigation by Lord Maccon, head of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, and Queen Victoria’s deputy. But the investigation soon reveals that the attack on Alexia may have been merely the tip of a much bigger mystery.

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