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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Jan 22, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: paranormal, victoriana, alternate-history, historical-fantasy, fantasy, romantic-fantasy, british-influence
Read in January, 2010

This was a funny, entertaining read. It's an urban fantasy, complete with vampires, werewolves, and some paranormal romance, but it is set in Victorian London rather than the contemporary world.

The language the author uses is probably the funniest part, as it is intentionally old-fashioned. There's an abundance of phrases like "Alexia found her relatives most tiresome when they went on about her diminishing marriage prospects" (not an actual quote--just an imitation of the style). I thought it was fun.

The story is about Miss Alexia Tarabotti, who is a preternatural--a person born without a soul who can cancel out supernatural powers through physical contact with a vampire or werewolf. She's also a smart, capable woman who has the social misfortune of being half-Italian and a spinster in her late twenties to boot.

After a failed vampire attack, Alexia goes to see a werewolf of her acquaintance, Lord Conall Maccon. The two trade witty barbs (and we all know what THAT can lead to), and ultimately wind up working together to investigate a series of sinister supernatural disappearances.

This book did a good job of balancing exciting suspense, romantic moments, fun Victorian details about dinner parties, gowns, manners, and the like, and of course, the hilarious language and character descriptions. The romance was a bit predictable, but that didn't bother me since the book was full of other unique elements to enjoy.
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