Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: October 2009

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.


Alexia was just minding her own business, in the library, trying to eat some delicious looking items when the inconsiderate vampire attacked her! Lucky for her, she was able to defeat the rude monster! But the adventure doesn't stop there. Because Alexia is thrown into a mystery of vanishing vampires, an Alpha werewolf who she can't seem to stop arguing with, and her social life and reputation on the verge of ruin. What is a soulless girl to do?

Love. Love. Love.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to read Soulless. I knew the series was popular and adored. While I haven't had much luck with Steampunk novels in the past, I wanted to keep an open mind about this one. I mean, by the synopsis alone it seemed like a story I would love.
I was right.

Alexia is hysterically funny. Brave and fearless, she doesn't know it but she has suffered quite a bit of self esteem issues from her ridiculous family. But that doesn't stop her! It merely adds another layer to Alexia, the old spinster at age twenty six. Old beyond her years and an outsider from society and her family. Which is probably one of the reasons why Lord Maccon is so taken with her. They argue constantly. She has a mind of her own. She doesn't listen to anything he tells her to do. And this infuriates him, as well as endears her to him.
Lord Maccon, head of the BUR and Alpha werewolf to his pack, is strong, short tempered and a lively male romantic lead to Alexia.

Carriger's writing is sharp, clever and witty. Laugh Out Loud moments abound and the dialogue flows swiftly and easily, charmingly using older language. I was surprised by how much of a romantic book this turned out to be, instead of staying in the Urban Fantasy realm. But don't be put out! The romance is hot and sweet, the bad guys creepy and the characters are a fun, heartwarming, over the top mix.

Don't miss this. I'm sorry I waited so long to read it.
That said, I was supposed to read a couple of other books, but set them aside to start Book Two in the series. Addicting.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome, Like Cookies and Ice Cream


  1. Awesome review! I really enjoyed Soulless too and I can't believe the series is over. I think I'm gonna have to get hold of the last two books (I own the rest) so I can read them all together :)

    1. Good idea Claire! I have saved the last two books to read them later. I don't want the series to end!

  2. Great review! I actually just started this book but so far I'm finding Alexia awesome and Lord Maccon gruff and yummy! I'm going to go start reading right now so I can find out what happens! Thanks so much for sharing:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

    1. Hi Julie!
      Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like Alexia and Lord Maccon as much as I do!
      Let me know what you think of the next books!

  3. you know i love it when they fight. awesome book pick!

  4. Actually I'm glad I read what you had to say - I've had the first three books in this series languishing on my bookshelves! Now it seems like I really, REALLY need to dig out Soulless lol <3
    Ps - Also, isn't that cover art just gorgeous?!!
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

    1. Yes it is Mary! I totally love the cover art! I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I do!

      Happy Reading!

  5. Isn't this a fun read? I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

  6. I love this series. It is so much fun. It reminded me a lot of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.

    1. Oh I haven't heard of that one! I will have to look it up! Amelia Peabody you say?! hmmm...