Author: Gail Carriger
Summary (Goodreads): In the delightfully wicked follow-up to Soulless, Alexia Tarabotti is entangled once more in Victorian London’s supernatural mysteries.
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.
She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
Review: I love this series. I cannot get enough of Gail’s wit and charming characters. This book did not disappoint and I look forward to reading the next in the series. There’s a great deal of intrigue in this book as in the first and has also added more steampunk. Though at times I felt the descriptions were a bit lengthy in certain parts, the double twist at the end entirely made up for it! I don’t want any spoilers here, so I’ll leave it at that!
Recommendation: Great read! If you liked the first in the series then you will not be disappointed in this one!
Author: Gail Carriger
Summary (Goodreads): 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?
Review: First of all, this is not only a new author for me but also a new genre! My first ever steampunk. All I can say is that I’m hooked! I was given the first three books of the Parasol Protectorate series (there’s five) by a close, bookish friend. I trust her bookish opinion completely. And I’m glad I tried this series! It is wonderful.
Of course it’s set in a different time, but the world back then is also a bit different. It’s full of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and preternaturals. And they’re all in high society and have rules of etiquette. The main character is funny, witty, and charmingly smart. I am completely in love with Gail’s pithiness throughout the book. I can only hope she continues throughout the series with the same tone and humor.
I was also very lucky to meet her in person! I went with said bookish friend to Gail’s book signing for her new YA steampunk series. It was wonderful to see her in person. And I must say she is just as charming as she wrote Alexia to be!
Recommendation: Pick it up! It’s a wonderfully fun read!