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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized8 Comments

Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: 01 Oct 2009
ISBN: 0316056634
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1873)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening.

First off, I need to ask myself a very important question….why oh why did it take me so long to read Soulless by Gail Carriger? Seriously….why? I received this book for review back in the Summer of 2009 and then life and other events conspired against me and I didn’t get a chance to pick it up until recently. Really wish I’d picked it up sooner because once I did I fell in love and just couldn’t put the book down. I became so absorbed in Alexia Tarabotti’s world.

Gail Carriger’s characters are so rich and vibrant that you can almost reach out and touch them. The alternate England that she has created is just so clever and fun. There was even the occasional tear that was shed….from laughing at some humorous scene between Lord Maccon and Miss Tarabotti. And have I mentioned the very swoon worthiness of a certain Lord Maccon? Alexia is a smart, feisty & very proper young lady who somehow finds herself attracting trouble. Ok…so she often goes out searching for said trouble. But you can’t blame her really – not when those around her don’t always listen to her because of her sex.

There are so many rich layers in Soulless that I find it impossible to cover them all. Just know that this book has something for everyone. There is romance, history (albeit of the alternate variety), vampires, werewolves, mystery, evil plots, dirigibles, and of course….parasols. All mix together to make a fantastic world and a most entertaining read. I can not wait to read Changeless now.

8 Responses to “Soulless by Gail Carriger”

  1. Serena

    I love books that have characters who seem real. This sounds like a good one…thanks for the review.

  2. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    I have a copy of this one I borrowed from someone, I had decided to give up and return in unread. Now I might try again to slip it in sometime this summer.

    So many books, so little time…

  3. lisa :)

    Great review – I’m very hesitant to get pulled into *another* series, but this one definitely sounds worth it! Is the sequel already released or coming soon?

  4. Allison

    It really is almost ridiculous how good this book is, its basically a 100% flawless read! loved Loved LOVED it!

  5. Irish

    Serena – it was a fun read. I really enjoyed the world.

    Laura – i had picked it up a few times prior to this and it just wasn’t the right time. but once it was I had trouble putting it down.

    Lisa – book 2 is already out and book 3 will be out in Sept 2010.

    Jess – I’m waiting a bit to start Changeless so it’ll be close to Blameless release. Less time to wait. here’s hoping that strategy works.

    Allison – i agree…so much fun!

    Bermudaonion – it was a great mystery. the fact that the mystery is overlayed with paranormal and steampunk only add to it. the paranormal isn’t overdone and doesn’t take away from the mystery. Alexia is such a fun character. I think you’d adore her.

  6. Memory

    There’s one good thing about waiting this long: you won’t have to wait before you read CHANGELESS, and you’ll have a much shorter wait before BLAMELESS. 🙂