Soulless by Gail Carriger

“Miss Tarabotti was not one of life’s milk-water misses–in fact, quite the opposite. Many a gentleman had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice–that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”

Redonk Nutshell: No-nonsense spinster and nullifier of supernaturals inadvertently gets involved in a conspiracy involving the disappearance of werewolves and vampires

I have had this book on by TBR stack for awhile.  I had tried once previously to read it, but it just wasn’t doing it for me at the time.  I picked it up again this past week (as a steal of a bundle on Barnes & Noble for $9.99 for the first three in the series), and gave it another go.  SO glad I did.

Soulless is a bloody good rip roaring time. It’s adorably tongue-in-cheek funny, and the steampunk vibe of 19th century London is to die for.  Alexia Tarabotti is a self-declared spinster and our headstrong heroine.  The eldest of her family, her mixed Italian heritage has left her with ill-favored Italian coloring, as well as a temper and mouth (though I have a feeling her mother probably contributed to that as well, though her mother would never admit to it).  She is also Soulless, meaning she negates what makes supernaturals supernatural, i.e. if she touches a vampire their fangs disappear.  Her family is unaware of her condition and she wishes to keep it that way.  The local chapter responsible for policing said supernaturals is aware of her rare status, and they’re wary of her.  SHE wants to be  made useful.  The BUR, however, would rather she stay out of their way. The leader, werewolf alpha Lord Conall Maccon, is endlessly flustered by her intrusions, and is at a loss when, at the beginning of our book, he walks into the room upon hearing a vampire has been staked while in a back room at a ball.  The staker? Miss Tarabotti.  The vampire had attempted to assault her, and not understanding what, exactly, she was, tried repeatedly to bite her, in the process getting himself staked.

This event starts off an investigation into rogue vampires roaming around London, and the BUR getting to the bottom of where they’re coming from and who’s making them.  Tarabotti is pulled into the events surrounding the investigation, and before long Maccon and she are often left having a verbal Mexican stand off.  It’s hysterical, really.  Of course, these two eventually realize their attraction to one another.

I adored this book.  I have two more to read, and if those go down as easily as this one did, I’ll probably consider adding the latest to the series as well, Heartless.  If you’re a fan of Paranormal steampunk  with a spicy twist of humor, give this book a shot.

Soulless by Gail Carriger, The Parasol Protectorate Series, 357 pgs

Rating: B+

Romance: 3/5            Raunch: 1/5

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