Wendy Darling’s review of Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie You should be, it's pretty wonderful :)


message 2: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I'm so excited to finally be reading this! I'm having such a good time with it already.


message 3: by Mandy (new)

Mandy I met her at ALA. She had on the cutest outfit. I can't wait to read her books.


message 4: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Oh, that's amazing! All her publicity photos are adorable. Coming from someone who owns many vintage gloves and handkerchiefs and hats but no parasol, I am completely envious of her style.


message 5: by Lora (new)

Lora Ooohh . . . I've been wanting to read this series for quite some time. If you like it, I'll probably break down and finally read it. ;)


message 6: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Oh Lora--I absolutely LOVE this. I can't remember the last time I had such a perma-smile on my face as I was reading something! If you love Victorian England, you will really appreciate this. It's so witty and clever and it combines so many of the things I like: mystery, magic, werewolves, vampires, romance, strong heroine, humor, handsome men, TEA...

Do you Kindle? I bought the 3-book bundle for $9.99, which is a bargain since they're all $7.99 individually.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005...

If not, I think some of them are currently part of the 3 for 4 special offer. :)


message 7: by Lora (new)

Lora Handsome men and tea you say? I'm there! Plus you know I love Victorian England.

Oh no, me no Kindle. BUT my library has the whole series, so I'll just get them there. :)


message 8: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Excellent! I think you'll really enjoy this. I love all the main characters, especially the food-obsessed Alexia. :)


message 9: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. I just love the humor in this book - it's so great.


message 10: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling It IS. It's just wickedly funny and puts me in such a good mood. She does such a great job of blending so many different genres and elements, too.


Kate (Nomalicious Reads) It was an amazing book :D I've just ordered books 3 and 4 last week (already had book 2) because I read some spoilers I decided I didn't want to read the second until I had the next 2 in the series, so I'm very excited to pick them up again! :D


message 12: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I loved it...and I'm so excited to have 3 more books to breeze through! :) One of my friends just warned me about the spoilers on the book blurbs, too. (Boo!)


Kate (Nomalicious Reads) yeah I read the synopsis's for the third book and got a massive spoiler for the second, I was devastated, but when I have them all I'll be reading them all quickly :D


message 14: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling That really stinks. I never understand when publishers do that...but now you've made me nervous about Book Two's contents! :(


Kate (Nomalicious Reads) I'm sure it will be fine! I've just been nervous about it too hahaha lol


message 16: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza Book Two's lovely.


message 17: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Okay, phew! I started getting all anxious about all the possible terrible scenarios.


message 18: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza Hehe nope. Book two is definitely fantastic. I thought so anyway.


message 19: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 06, 2011 01:40AM) (new)

Wendy Darling Thanks for the reassurance. I thought it was a little too early to do anything too drastic or angry-making, but all these warnings were a little alarming! Back to the happy place. :)


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura Whoa! 5 stars and a perma-smile!?! I have to check this one out! :)


message 21: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Cook I've never even heard of these but now I MUST read them! :)


message 22: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling It is a deliriously fun book! Definitely not something that will be to everyone's taste, but it really tickled my fancy. :)


message 23: by AH (new)

AH I'm so glad you enjoyed this. The next book is a lot of fun, too.


message 24: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I'm happy to hear that! I love the originality of this set-up.


message 25: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Great review! I have been wanting to read this book for quite a while, but my Library never seems to have it in - I think I have another month wait for it on the reserve list! Nice that so many people want to read it, but, sheesh!


message 26: by Jo (new)

Jo Those, *cough*, scenes you referred to had me clutching my pearls on more than one occasion. ;-)
Great review as always, Wendy!


Maja (The Nocturnal Library) I’m as willing to be seduced by a handsome werewolf as the next lady

My eyebrows went up up up at this part. :-D
Amazing review! I'm so happy you loved this.


message 28: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Power I think it is high time that I wistfully touched a velvet coat.


message 29: by Misty (new)

Misty "Do you look discreetly and longingly at other people’s plates?"

Hahaha! YES! Perfect way to sum up Alexia. Love this series. Just got Heartless, going to try to work it in soon.


message 30: by Monica (new)

Monica Lol, Wendy, this is a great review! I would have never even considered picking up this book had I not seen your opinion of it. But now I feel like I am missing out on the last piece of treacle tart if I don't read it quickly!


message 31: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 06, 2011 01:59PM) (new)

Wendy Darling Oh, thanks everybody! I am so happy to have found such a fun series. Michelle and Monica, I am of the opinion that if you even *think* you might like this book, you probably will.

Misty, I confess that I sometimes don't remember to be discreet when I look lustfully at other people's plates, but Miss Alexia is certainly more well-mannered.

Jo and Maja--a handsome werewolf does wonders for my late-night reading.

Timothy--I think so, too. ;)


message 32: by Crowinator (new)

Crowinator This is an excellent review! I love you calling the book "dotty" -- that's the perfect word.


message 33: by Crowinator (new)

Crowinator Gail Carriger also spoke at the Margaret Edwards awards luncheon about Terry Pratchett, who couldn't be there, and she had quite a touching and humorous speech. Also, she was dressed like I imagine Alexia to dress, with the white gloves and everything. Very striking.


message 34: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Hah, GOOD Cillian! I love when I find books to get excited about.

Crow, it must've been great to hear the author speak. I love her style of dressing, though since she's donned this persona, I bet it's easy for her to slip in and out of places unnoticed if she chooses. All she has to do is put on jeans and a tee shirt. :D


Cassi aka Snow White Haggard YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously I love this book. One of the best things I can say about this novel is it's a book where I actually LIKE vampires and werewolves. Seriously Lord Maccon & Lord Alkedema put every other supernatural being to shame! Normally I hate vamps and the few werewolf books I read were so mopey that I was like "UGH." This book is fun, not-emo and I just want to hang out with it all the time.

This is the type of book my girly side likes. I can root for Alexia and even when she's involved with romance she never loses herself. She's Alexia through-and-through.


message 36: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Yes, the vampires and werewolves in this novel are definitely of the more good-humored variety. It is a very girly book that had me giggling in a very girly way!


Cassi aka Snow White Haggard Wendy Darling wrote: "Yes, the vampires and werewolves in this novel are definitely of the more good-humored variety. It is a very girly book that had me giggling in a very girly way!"

But it's an intelligent girly book. Which just makes me so happy.


message 38: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Well, intelligent girly girls are the best kind. :)


message 39: by Katy (new)

Katy Well, the good thing about taking so long to get to it is that you don't have to wait a year in between the next three books like the rest of us! I adore this series (currently reading Heartless).


Cassi aka Snow White Haggard Katy wrote: "Well, the good thing about taking so long to get to it is that you don't have to wait a year in between the next three books like the rest of us! I adore this series (currently reading Heartless)."

JEALOUSY! I want Heartless already


message 41: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Katy wrote: "Well, the good thing about taking so long to get to it is that you don't have to wait a year in between the next three books like the rest of us! I adore this series (currently reading Heartless)."

Yes, that was rather clever of me. ;) I see that the author also has a YA series publishing next year, which I'm sure will be a lot of fun, too.


message 42: by Katy (new)

Katy I can't wait for the new series! I love Gail Carriger.


message 43: by Elena (new)

Elena Great review! This series is favorite of mine, and there really isn't anything else quite like it out there.

The second book is great as well, but I felt the third dragged a bit, though it also has a whole lot of Professor Lyall, who is pretty much my favorite werewolf ever, so that makes up for some minor plot and pacing issues. I'm so excited for Heartless!

I hadn't heard she was writing a YA series! That is extremely exciting news!


message 44: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 06, 2011 09:04PM) (new)

Wendy Darling I like Professor Lyall quite a bit too, so I'm glad to hear he has a bigger role in the upcoming books. All the characters are pretty fun, really.


message 46: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Wow. I definitely have to read this one now, Wendy :)


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Loved the review. :)


message 48: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Thanks so much! :) This was one of those times I was really looking forward to writing the review since I liked the book so much.

And I hope you'll give this a try, Kaye--it's the perfect read when you want some intelligent but light-hearted entertainment.


message 49: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia Gray I think after I read this book I ran around calling everything "posh" and "smart" like "Oh, what a smart vest you have there" - you just can't help it, it's too delightful!


message 50: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Indeed. And see, even the comments about this book make me smile! Such a happy-making experience.


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