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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Dec 15, 11

bookshelves: fiction, paranormal-romance, vampire, steampunk
Read in December, 2011

Alexia Tarabotti is a "preternatural", that is she was born without a soul. This gives her a special power over those who have extra soul - namely vampires and werewolves. Their supernatural powers are deactivated whenever they come into bodily contact with Alexia. Naturally, if the supernatural beings found out what Alexia can do they would not be happy so Alexia keeps her being a preternatural a secret from most everyone. Soullessness is not Alexia's only affliction. She's also a spinster and Italian.

Alexia lives in a Victorian England where werewolves, vampires and ghosts live openly alongside ordinary human beings. When a vampire rudely attacks her at a party, Alexia starts to uncover a larger problem brewing in the supernatural community. The investigation brings her closer to Lord Maccon, an Alpha werewolf.

I loved the stylized manner in which this book was written. I felt transported back to Victorian times as I was reading and Alexia has a dry wit that kept me chuckling to myself. The chemistry between Alexia and Lord Maccon was great - I wasn't expecting the love scenes to be as steamy as they were. There were also so many fantastic supporting characters in this book that were vividly written and really fun.

This book has elements of a few genres, it's hard pin it down to just one. If I had to, I would say steampunk. It also fits into paranormal romance, mystery and comedy of manners. I think this book would appeal to almost everyone in some way. I highly recommend it.
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