PNR, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk...WOW!

  • Feb 6, 2010
  • by
Quickie POV: A charming and very witty mix of a multitude of sub-genres. Soulless kept me fixated on the plot while entertaining me throughout with laugh-out-loud moments and I think I might have even blushed a few times. Even the author description was entertaining in its hilarity.

Review: Miss Alexia Tarabotti has accepted her spinster status and the fact that she is not in possession of soul like a true lady. Her mother and two half-sisters might be veritable dim-wits and they even might have given her the worst room in the house, but life isn't that bad. She has a wonderful library left to her by her deceased father (the originator of her soulless status) and she is allowed a bit more freedom now that she is a spinster.

Miss Tarabotti's life has taken on a certain pattern, that is of course until she kills a vampire - and all she really wanted was to get something to eat! Lord Maccon, a werewolf, whom seems to be just barely civilized, is sent to investigate the murder of the ill-fated vampire and the shenanigans begin.

Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)This novel is in possession of a wonderfully witty tone, a boat-load of refreshing secondary characters and descriptions that suck you in and make you believe you are in the Victorian age. I enjoyed everything about this book. The plot is deep and well thought out. The main characters are wonderful and very likable. The tone is consistent with gritty humor and almost a sexy innocence. The dialog was excellent! I'm usually not a historical fan, but I'm a fan of this book. Can not wait to read Changeless.

Problems with the book were few and far between. The author does tend to be a bit long winded, but the descriptions paint a wonderful picture. I thought the epilogue was a bit too much, could have edited a bit of that out.

Recommendations: This is an adult novel, but is not over the top in the sexual escapades or violence, I would not be opposed to passing this on to a teen. Pick a sub-genre any sub-genre, fans of urban fantasy, steampunk, historical - take your pick fans of any and all of those genres should read this book. I must state that I am not the biggest fan of steampunk or historical and I still very much enjoyed this book.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
More Soulless (The Parasol Protecto... reviews
review by . November 28, 2010
Fun, fashionable, and frankly one you won't want to miss!
This review is for the audio book from narrated by Emily Gray. Emily Gray was a wonderful narrator and did an amazing job of bringing these outrageous characters to life.      From the book:   "Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarrabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: …
review by . September 02, 2010
I had heard buzz about this book for a few months, SO I picked it up one day with idle curiosity and was surprised to find myself unable to stop laughing--at just the back cover. And I continued to LAUGH as I read the first chapter. Carriger's impeccable balance between tongue-in-cheek humor and a refined and proper tone is unique and engaging, and she cleverly slides in many humorous, oftentimes "improper", statements that will have you laughing and flipping the pages as fast as you can. The characters …
review by . April 16, 2010
Review courtesy of [...]    If you're a fan of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Series and always thought the one thing they were missing was a healthy dose of werewolves and vampires, you will love SOULLESS. I know I did.    The world building is familiar with it's treatment of werewolves, but presents a welcome twist on vampires likening them to bees or ants in terms of structure with one queen ruling over each hive. The queen alone has the ability to make …
review by . February 12, 2010
"Soulless" is a quirky pleasure. A funny, delightful romp that I'm glad I don't have to categorize. Is it a romance? Steampunk? A mystery? In some sense, it is all of these things.     The setting is Victorian times. That world though has been totally re-done with the acceptance of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts as regular members of society -- at least in Britain. (In the Colonies we are just as primitive as ever; and the Pilgrims set sale to get away from such a tolerance …
review by . November 12, 2009
When trying to figure out how to categorize Soulless all I could really think of was 'Historical Paranormal Romantic Spoof'...because honestly everything and everyone, in the beginning of the book, was so over the top for their stereotype. Alexia was so in your face blue-stocking and Lord Maccon was so abrasive and beastly that you couldn't ever think they were anything else. The characters mellow however (or their personalities grew on me to an alarming degree that I should be ashamed to admit …
About the reviewer
Rachel ()
Ranked #2
Book reviewer, reader, artist and overall paranormal junkee. Also known as Parajunkee and owner of     
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book


Starred Review. Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party—how vulgar!—she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.(Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
view wiki



ISBN-10: 0316056634
ISBN-13: 978-0316056632
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
First to Review

"Not quite Soulless"
© 2014, LLC All Rights Reserved - Relevant reviews by real people.
Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy is part of the Network - Get this on your site
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since