Thursday, October 20, 2011
Soulless by Gail Garriger
From amazon: 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 a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
I loved this book. Alexia is one of the most original characters I've ever read about. She's witty, clever, and ambitious--rare qualities of a woman in her time. The humor really makes this book. I laughed out loud in several places. Some fun quotes: “A vampire, like a lady, never reveals his true age” and “Mrs. Loontwill did what any well-prepared mother would do upon finding her unmarried daughter in the arms of a gentleman werewolf: she had very decorous, and extremely loud, hysterics.” The Victorian London setting was inspired--it was fun reading about high tea, balls, and fashion, all while Vampires and Werewolves run around as an accepted part of high society.