Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
September 29, 2009
373 pages (ARC edition)
It is just delightful. It’s so Mary Poppins meets paranormal it’s comical.
And I just love saying Miss Tarabotti. 🙂
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
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
SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
What a sneak peek?!
The earl gave her generous curves a rude once-over, observed that Miss Tarabotti was nicely padded in exactly the right places, and refused to be suckered into becoming sympathetic. He maintained his frown. “I suspect that is precisely what the vampire was thinking when he found you without a chaperone. An unmarried female alone in a room in this enlightened day and age! Why, if the moon had been full, even I would have attacked you!”
Alexa gave him the once-over and reached for her brass parasol. “My dear sir, I should like to see you try.”
Isn’t it just amazing?! Loving it! And I’m only on Chapter 2.
Pre-order it from Amazon.com.