Book Review: Soulless

PrintBook: Soulless by Gail Carriger|Narrated by Emily Gray

Published June 2010|Published by Recorded Books|10 hours, 52 minutes

Source: Audiobook via

Series: The Parasol Protectorate #1

Genre: Adult Fiction: Steampunk/Paranormal

Goodreads|Gail Carriger’s Website

Summary: Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit – and werewolves – in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

After reading Etiquette & Espionage, I thought I would give Soulless a try!  While I liked Soulless, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Etiquette & Espionage.

There were times when I couldn’t help but giggle, because Alexia was hysterical at times.  She was especially hysterical when you got her anywhere near Lord Maccon or her friend Ivy.  There’s definitely an interesting assortment of characters.  Normally, I’m all whatever about werewolves, liking them when paired with vampires but not a huge fan when they’re on their own.  Like, unable to get through ANYTHING involving a werewolf on his own.  Okay, maybe Soulless has a vampire here and there, but as Lord Maccon is a pretty important character who just HAPPENS to be a werewolf, werewolves tend to be pretty important.

…and this is the only time where I actually LIKED werewolves on their own.  I’m not even kidding when I say that Lord Maccon made werewolves sexy!

I thoroughly enjoyed his relationship with Alexia and the banter between them.  I am so glad they finally got married, and I really can’t wait to see what sort of trouble they manage to get themselves into.

There were points where my attention wandered, because I was mildly bored, but overall, it was a fun listen.  Gray did a great job narrating, and I especially liked all the voices she did.  I felt like her voice for Alexia was spot-on.

I loved the combination of steampunk and paranormal, and goes together so well! There’s something about the two genres that work so well together, and Carriger does a great job with blending paranormal and steampunk.  She gives equal time to both, and it doesn’t feel like she spent more time focusing on one and not enough time on the other.

I really can’t think of anything else to say about Soulless!  I really like Victorian London as a setting, and all of the manners and focus on society was fun to listen to.  It really added a nice touch, and I can’t imagine the book without it.

Final Thoughts:

I liked Soulless.  While it was a fun read, it didn’t grab me the way Etiquette & Espionage did.  Still, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  Soulless gets 3 stars.

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