“Soulless” by Gail Carriger is a tale about vampires, werewolves, and English spinsters.
When I started writing this review, I flipped through the pages searching for some quotes to show you how wonderfully witty this book is, and I couldn’t stop. I have to reread it.
Well, to cut a long story short, if the ideas about vampires and werewolves make your heart flutter, but you’ve graduated from a high school some – considerable – time ago, this series is for you. It has it all: a charming setting of the Victorian era with long dresses for women and cravat pins for men, delicious and beautifully served tea, excellent humour, and a love story between a spinster and an earl.
“Alexia ignored his unfortunate choice of greeting and swept past him into the room. The act of sweeping, and the fact that the doorway was quite narrow while Alexia’s bosoms (even corseted) were not, brought her into intimate contact with the earl.” Love and hate what a beautiful combination – the lines from this 1991 song played involuntarily but insistently in my head while I was reading.
I have to admit that I loved the first book (there are five in total dedicated to Alexia) more than the rest. But it doesn’t change the fact that I devoured all of them, and not once.
“One could say a number of impolite things about the Loontwills, but no one had ever accused them of frugality.”