Soulless by Gail Carriger
I recently read Soulless by Gail Carriger and I must say, it was a fun read! Before I get into it, I know a few people might be wondering if it is a YA book. It isn’t, actually, but it did win an Alex Award, which is an award given to non-YA books that can appeal to a YA audience. (This is a great list to expand your to-read list if you’re like me and are always adding to your list.)
I found out about Gail Carriger a few weeks ago when I tweeted asking for everyone’s favorite female authors. (It was a random thing to show that there were plenty of awesome female authors, as some people don’t believe there are. What’s with that?) I looked at a few of her books and knew I needed to check them out, and boy am I glad I did. I got Soulless and Etiquette & Espionage. While I haven’t read E&E yet, I am sure I’ll find it just as enjoyable.
Soulless takes us to Victorian England where vampires and werewolves are able to roam around the streets without people freaking out too much. In fact, it is pretty normal to see a vampire or werewolf at a ball, and some are even the talk of the social circles, especially Lord Maccon. We meet our protagonist, Alexia Tarabotti who has a secret that only a few supernatural beings know about – she doesn’t have a soul. (Hence the title.) And reading about her soulless state is what really interested me when I read the little blurb! I’ll let you discover what it means in this world to not have a soul, but it is an interesting take, that’s for sure. This story takes us on a hilarious ride throughout the nightlife of London, as well as how Alexia manages to hide her soulless state from many a person. She carries a parasol to protect her from supernatural beings, and regular humans at that, if necessary.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Yes, it is a little over the top, but that is what I enjoyed about this. I do love serious books, and books that take work to get through, but I also enjoy having a fun read. This is definitely one of those fun reads, and I find myself wanting to read the rest of the series. If you are a fan of supernatural stories that go over the top, than this is for you. This is a great book for a pool side read or if you’re a little too stressed and aren’t feeling like reading something as heavy as Les Mis or Lord of the Rings.
There isn’t much more to say about this book – it really is just a nice, relaxing, fun read that is perfect for a stressful time or if you are planning to read while on vacation. I’d say pack this up with books like Ready Player One and other Alex Award winners this summer, and have a grand time reading and relaxing!
Have you read Soulless? What are your thoughts?