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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Briefly: Read it. Soulless is exactly what I wanted and didn’t get from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s a pithy, funny, tongue-firmly-in-cheek mesh of Victorian manners and morés, and absurd occult occurrences. Alexia Tarabotti is an intriguing and amusing MC, completely un-Victorian and yet somehow not out of place. Carriger’s take on Victorian London high society shows a real knowledge of it, while not taking it too seriously. And, man, talk about cover appeal! Love it!
Highly recommended if you like historical, paranormal, satirical, and/or sexy-silly fiction.

Not-so-briefly: let's get down to business --
Characters: The characters of Soulless, including many of the secondary ones, are vibrant and fleshed out. The main characters are engaging and charmingly flawed. The two main characters, Alexia and Lord Maccon, are irresistible. Seriously. Just try to resist them; I'll wait.
Alexia is sassy and smart, with a strain of Victorian sensibilities that is unfettered by any sort of wallflower-ness. She is not shy or coy or retiring. She is a feisty heroine with modern inclinations, who just happens to expect to be treated like a Victorian lady, smart spinster, some-time sex object, and fan of treacle tart; she doesn't ask much. She's a perfect little bundle of contradictions.
Lord Maccon is every bit the Alpha werewolf, posing as a highly desirable bachelor Lord. He is constantly on the verge of bursting out and doing something deliciously indecorous. The fireworks between Lord Maccon and Alexia are blinding (and plenty exciting -- and loud, as fireworks tend to be). It's a classic love/hate relationship with the added fun of Victorian etiquette and supernatural elements tossed in.

Setting and Plot: The steampunky goodness of Carriger's Victorian England is almost as much a character as Alexia and Lord Maccon. Carriger did her research, and a London slightly different than we may have expected comes to life on the page. The Victorian obsession with the fledgling field of genetics plays a prominent and brilliant role, and the exploding obsession with science in both the working and moneyed classes makes for a suitable, smart and intriguing background to the story. Carriger's idea that these great advancements (logically) are the result of supernaturals is fun and playful, while making perfect sense. There's good conflict, great tension (plot tension and sexual tension *waggles eyebrows*). All said, she has set up a great stage-set to play on for the remainder of the series. Long may it live.
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) This was so much fun!

Heather I loved this book!!! can't wait for Changeless!

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Robyn Hawk I will be interested in your review of this one - I think I have had it in my hands 5 times at the bookstore and put it down every time...


Heather Robyn, get it! It's great!

Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) Buy it! You won't regret it!

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Robyn Hawk OK - it is coming home with me tomorrow...

Heather yeah!

Misty I don't know if you bought it yet, Robyn, but they have it on Book Depository for $4 -- FREE SHIPPING!!! That's how I got it, and I LOVE IT! I am pre-ordering Changeless, but I might go nuts with waiting in the interim...

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Robyn Hawk When is Changeless out? I picked it up - pretty cheap but not $4 - will check Book Depository next time...

Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) April? Nope, March 30th... close enough :P To April, not to right now, I want it now!

Allison (The Allure of Books) great review Misty! I absolutely ADORED this book...dying for Changeless now :)

JG (The Introverted Reader) Did you know that your review has been quoted on Gail Carriger's blog? It's toward the bottom of the post, next to the book cover. http://gailcarriger.livejournal.com/1...

Misty I know!!! Isn't that crazy! She got ahold of me on Twitter, too!

Lauren So glad you recommended this. I just started it and am greatly enjoying it. I also passed it on to friends who went out and bought the sequels!

message 16: by Misty (last edited Sep 21, 2011 01:05PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Misty =D Yay! Isn't it super fun?

Heather Reading Heartless right now and it's just the nice warm cup of tea I'm needing!

Misty I have had Heartless since it came out, but I haven't had a chance to sit down with it. And I think I'm waiting for the right mood, too.

Hopefully soon, I've heard it feels more like the 1st book, and kinda gets the series back on track.

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