Book Review| Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate 1/5) by Gail Carriger

  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

Synopsis: 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.

Source: Amazon (kindle) & Audible (Audio)                                                     Format: Kindle and Audio Book                                                                 Reading Period: 13/2 – 4/4                                                                                 Rating: 5/5 Star’s


My Review

The book was about a Spinster Woman called Alexia Tarrabotti and her shenanigans in the human and Supernatural world of Victorian England. It showed the expectations placed on women of the time and on the supernatural creatures (Werewolves, Vampires and Ghosts etc).

I decided to read this book after hearing about it from Jen from Today in Jen’s Library on YouTube and others gushing about it because I thought I would enjoy it and I wasn’t disappointed which is part of the reason I gave the book a 5 star rating along with the fact that although it was the first book in a series it was written in such a way that it could be read as a standalone.

When I started reading this book I was reading it in Kindle format but then I switched to listening to it through Audible and I am so glad that I did because It enabled me to hear how the characters sounded as well as the atmosphere in scenes. It turns out that this was a really good thing because as I have read the other books I have been able to hear the voices for the characters in my head.

This book definitely gave me all the feels from frustration to crying with laughter. Carrier is a great author and this was the first of her books that I had read but having read it I know she will become a favourite author of mine. Carriger’s research of the historical and supernatural elements of the book was second to non and really portrayed the atmosphere of the period as well as the beliefs connected with the supernatural.

All the characters were really well developed and believable. My two favourite characters were Alexia and Lord Mconn (Werewolf) especially the development of their relationship and ultimately their marriage. Alexias Sisters and mother were fairly likeable although they were incredibly annoying especially in their treatment of Alexia. The world building and plot development were fantastic and really immersed you in the story.

The book is billed as a Sci-fi, Paranormal, steampumk Romance and it fits in to these genres very well as its a song Paranormal Romance with hints of sci.- fi. and Steampunk (steam powered machinery).

I loved this book so much that I immediately started reading the next in the series “Changeless”. I can say without hesitation that I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance books with a supernatural/steam punk basis to them.