Romance Recommendation: Soulless by Gail Carriger


by Gail Carriger.

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Blurb taken from Goodreads.

Length: 357 pages.

Series: Parasol Protectorate #1

Genre: Romance. Steam Punk. Paranormal.

Read as an: eAudio (10 hrs 47 mins)

My Thoughts

I have previously read this book as a paperback and loved it – but there was just something about the audiobook that took Soulless to new heights. The narrator, Emily Gray, brings life to Carriger’s world.

The language and humour of the book were amazing and had me smiling throughout my commute. As a writer, Carriger crafts not only story, but characters and dialogue so well you will be hard-pressed to put the novel down. I absolutely fell in love with Alexia and Lord Maccon, not to mention Lord Akeldama, Biffy, and Professor Lyall.

Enjoyment Level

While I absolutely adored Soulless, I am quite intimidated by the larger Carriger world. Do not get me wrong, I do so wish to read the rest of the adventures of Alexia, however that would lead on to the Finishing School series, then the Custard Protocol series, and who is to forget the novellas that stem off from each of the series.

No, I do not think my TBR pile could handle reading the rest of Carriger’s work.

I am really intrigued and want to know more about Biffy, however small a part of the novel he played. So I will potentially be reading, Romancing the Werewolf. Which is kind of a stand alone…


If you are a fan of romance novels and after something a little bit different give Soulless a read as it is quite different – the book blurs genres in a seamless way that is an utmost joy to read.

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