However you classify it (I'm calling it Victorian Paranormal), SOULLESS is a must read.
Apr 16, 2010
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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 new vampires.
The real departure from traditional paranormal lore is the concept of soul and how the amount of soul an individual possesses impacts their ability to become a werewolf or vampire. Only those with an abundance of soul will survive the bite and transform.
As the titles suggests, the main character Alexia Tarabotti is something of an anomaly even in a world populated by supernatural creatures. She was born without a soul, what the book calls a preternatural. Basically she is the antithesis of supernaturals, even her touch will temporarily strip them of their abilities; bye-bye vampire fangs, see you later werewolf fur.
In addition to solid world building, the romantic tension between Alexia and Lord Maccon (aka the Alpha of the London werewolf pack) is among the best I've read in years. It's tantalizing and teasing all at the same time. Lord Maccon reminds me a bit of Curran from the Kate Daniels series, especially in his approaching Alexia according to pack rules rather than human rules.
However you classify it (I'm calling it Victorian Paranormal), SOULLESS is a must read. The writing is packed full of wit and intelligent humor. The romantic tension completely satisfying, and the world building equal parts fresh and familiar. Bottom line, SOULLESS is an utter joy to read on every imaginable level. Changeless is out now, and Blameless will be released on September 1, 2010.
Sexual Content: References to homosexuality. A few scenes of sensuality. One sex scene.
This review is for the audio book from Audible.com 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: … more
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"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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
I am a 20-something book lover with an obsession for all things urban fantasy. I cut my teeth on the paranormal genre withBuffyandTwilightbefore discoveringPatricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. Suffice … more
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