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 is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
'Soulless' had all the right pieces, I just think the author couldn't quite fit them together correctly. Reading this book was quick, the characters were witty and straight out of Victorian England. 'Soulless' was a tone clash of authors Katie MacAlister and Jane Austen. It had the wit and humor of Ms. MacAlister and the conversations and character mannerisms from Ms. Austen. By adding a splash of paranormal and steampunk into the already present history and comedy, well, these elements, all seemingly awesome alone, kind of jumbled up the book making it seem like it couldn't quite tell what it wanted to be when it grew up, a steampunk or a paranormal. In turn that made it a bit harder for the reader to wrap thier mind around.
The writing style and the use of words and verbiage is what saved this book in my eyes. Ms. Carriger certainly has a way with words, so much so, that as I was reading, I was reminded of Lord Tennyson, how she strings each sentence meticulously. I loved Lord Maccon and I loved Alexia...they were both such strong wonderful characters, I wish they just could have helped this book more. I conclude that it was just, OK.
- With the rise in popularity of steampunk trends, do you think the dialog and environment created in Soulless fitting within the paranormal genre?
- For better or worse, Soulless throws together a lot of unconventional story elements. What ones worked for you? What ones didn't? Will you be reading the next book in the series, Changeless?
- The comedic tone of the novel was ever present even when the novel was at it's darkest plot-threads. Do you think this added to the depth of the novel and characters or did it trivialize the plot?
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I give this book 3/5 stars. ★ ★ ★
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