From Goodreads: Without a morsel of exaggeration, its publisher describes this debut novel as “a comedy of manners set in Victorian London full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.” At the center of Soulless‘s “parasol protectorate” is Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a young woman who lacks not only a suitor but also a soul. And those are not her only problems: When she accidentally kills a vampire, it begins a series of events that she must set out to resolve without the help of any proper authorities. A charming mass market original.
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What I Loved: Soulless was a wonderful mix of romance, intrigue, and all things proper English (with a supernatural twist). This is the first steampunk novel that I have ever read/listened too. The mixture of science and story were both intriguing and fun to read. The amount of description in this book for everything (clothing, buildings, instruments) took some getting used too but afterward was a fantastic way to get a visual of this world. The story itself was fantastic and Alexia was a great central character. She was very multi-dimensional despite not having a soul. I loved Lord Maccon too, he was the perfect match for her.
What I Liked: Soulless would not be the book it is without all the supporting characters. They continually add to the story in the most unexpected ways. I love her friendships with the unfortunately dressed friend and her dandy vampire. They were both good companions for her to have.
Audiobook Review: The narrator, Emily Gray, was fantastic! The only voice I found annoying was Mr. Seimens but even then he was annoying anyway. The reading pace was fantastic and the nuances were just perfect.
Why I gave it a 4: Soulless was more than I expected and kept me interested from beginning to end. I will be continuing this series and in audiobook.
Who I would recommend it too: Steampunk Readers
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