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Gail Carriger
Soulless - Gail Carriger, Gail Carriger I picked up Soulless after having thoroughly enjoyed Gail Carriger's YA novel Etiquette and Espionage. The Parasol Protectorate is Carriger's adult paranormal romance series. While I enjoyed it, it did not quite measure up to her YA novel.Carriger's raucous humor and outrageous characters were every bit as delightful as those in Etiquette and Espionage. It is also a steampunk novel set in Victorian England. The heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, was a spinster who was missing a soul, a condition that allowed her to make werewolves and vampires human while she touched them. Our hero, an arrogant werewolf Alpha who was also an earl, was a very likable character, if a bit overly macho at times (but what else could be expected of a werewolf Alpha?). Miss Tarabotti is pulled into an intrigue which threatens the entire supernatural community when a very strange vampire attempts to attack her at a party. While I thought the plot was quite entertaining, it became a bit too predictable at times, especially in its slightly-too-formulaic romantic storyline. I would highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance and steampunk, even if the plot was a bit predictable. It was, all things considered, a delightful, funny and engaging read.Read this review and others on The Library Lass Book Talk Blog.