"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 of 'other kind'.)
The writing style is personable and jovial. The characters are well drawn and appealing. I certainly found that I cared for them at the end of the book. And yet "Soulless" is not going to be for everyone. You're going to have to be in the mood for a 'guilty pleasure' type of read. And you are going to have to be a tiny bit patient (at least if you are like me). It took me a few pages to get snagged. But afterward I was totally engrossed. In fact, I can't wait for another book by Gail Carriger. Her world building was just superb. Her plotting tight.
Recommend this to readers looking for something different, and yet something familiar and warm.
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
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 … more
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 … 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