Soulless Alexia

A soulless spinster stubborn as mule with a mind of her own who carries parasol even at night? I’m hooked.

Gail Carriger has crafted some interesting characters in her Soulless, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series.

I simply loved the head strong Alexia Tarabottie, the heroine of the series. Professor Lyall with his mannerisms has since become my second favorite character.

Soulless is not very strong in its plot aspect. For a person with not much fashion sense, Alexia has a strange obsession with everyone’s apparel. If I were to collate the number of times she talked about a person’s fashion sense or clothing, it would probably make up for more than half the book.

While Carriger has built a very strong main character, her story has fallen flat. It is indeed paranormal romance and doesn’t fly far out of the genre.

I wouldn’t say it was a complete disappointment. I was merely looking for book to past time when I picked up Soulless and I did that just fine.


Goodreads Insert: 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?

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)
Gail Carriger
Published 01 Oct 2009


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