Soulless by Gail Carriger

Take the structured societal rules and preoccupation with manners of Jane Austen, a sexed up version of the conflict-ridden romance between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, some dandy vampires and lusty werewolves who have integrated into society a la The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, a guest spot from Queen Victoria and add a few steampunk touches and you pretty much have Soulless by Gail Carriger. That’s right, one book combines all those awesome things.

“Alexia Tarrabotti is labouring 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 and gorgeous werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is 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?”

Alexia was a wonderful character to travel through this story with; stubborn, assertive, argumentative and partial to copious amounts of tea, treats and Lord Maccon. I broke out in giggles a number of times while reading this book, which is always a good sign. The combination of Alexia’s personality, her less than loving family and the plot’s mystery reminded me a little of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, but only a little.

Soulless is gloriously fun for anyone who enjoys a light, slightly tongue-in-cheek read. I know I’ll be reading Changeless, the next installment in The Parasol Protectorate Series.

Favourite Quotes:

“Mr MacDougal gave her a shocked glance.

As subtly as possible, Alexia winked at him.

He looked as though he might faint but sat back in his chair, clearly of a mind to let her deal with the situation in whatever way she saw fit.

Miss Tarrabotti had the transitory idea that he might be suitable husband material after all. And then realized that a lifelong alliance with a man of such weak character would certainly turn her into a veritable tyrant.” – p 267.

Other Reviews:

The Book Smugglers

Giraffe Days



Gail Carriger’s Website and Blog.


17 responses

  1. You missed mine! πŸ˜€

    It’s great fun isn’t it? You’ll like the next one too; I grumbled a bit but I had no real problems with them, I think I just wished I could love them more than I did but for some reason couldn’t. Could have been my own mood *shrug* I still recommend them though!

    1. Oops sorry! I’ve added the link now. πŸ™‚
      I think it is the kind of book you have to be in a specific mood for, because while it’s great and everything it’s also kind of a novelty book.
      I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
      Heading over to check out your review now.

  2. I must read this book soon! It sounds SO fun, and right up my alley.

    1. I think it’s up your alley too! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy it.

  3. From what you wrote in the first paragraph, I immediately headed to my library’s website to request it from the interlibrary loan system. Since this series is somewhat new, I think I could actually start buying them–I just feel so nervous about committing to purchasing books in a series because I feel obligated to buy them all, even if I start to grow out of them or even dislike them.

    Would you recommend buying this first installment? It sounds right up my alley πŸ™‚

    1. Scratch that πŸ˜€ I realized the “book” I requested was a digital copy and, as I hate reading on the computer AND the books are reasonably priced ($7.99 for each of the first two) AND my birthday is in 10 days, I’m just going to buy them (the first two). My sister loves the Sookie books and has pretty similar taste to mine, so I’ll give them to her if I don’t like them πŸ™‚ And, if she doesn’t like them, I can always donate them to the library.

      1. I think since you’re birthday is in 10 days that’s very justifiable! I hope you enjoy them. πŸ™‚ I hate reading on the computer too. Going to go check out your post that pinged this one now.

  4. […] very much to Dom, who’s glowing review of Soulless caught my eye on her bookish blog, Coffee Stained Pages and for directing me further to another wonderful review by Shannon at Giraffe Days. I mean, if you […]

  5. Ha ha this sounds like a really entertaining book!! Combining bits and pieces of the best entertainments in fiction πŸ™‚

    1. It was really entertaining. It was a lovely mish mash of genres. πŸ™‚

  6. It does sound interesting. I have bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its beginning to read like a bad spoof. Souless seems like it might be a better meshing of the genre’s

    1. I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but if it reads like a bad spoof I guess Soulless might be a better option for you to try out. πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve heard good things about this book before and you have just confirmed it…I definitely need to read this book! I know what I’ll be looking out for on my next library trip.

  8. […] by Gail Carriger, as seen on Dominique‘s and Kristie‘s […]

  9. […] Pages: 357 Year Published: 2009 Source: personal collection Rating: 4/5 Reason for Reading: Dom’s review enticed […]

  10. […] reviews: Emily and her little pink notes ; Coffee Stained Pages Print PDF This entry was posted in Books and tagged 8 Stars, Alexia Tarabotti, parasols, RIP […]

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