Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a spinster in Victorian London. After all, who would want a woman with scandalous Italian heritage and far too much wit than is strictly good for her? And that doesn't even mention the secret that Alexia is a preternatural - she doesn't have a soul, which gives her the ability to neutralize the powers of supernaturals like vampires and werewolves. As a result of this power, Alexia is unwillingly dragged into a supernatural struggle. With vampires and werewolves disappearing and murderous new beings appearing, all of London is in danger - none more so than Alexia herself. With her trusty parasol in hand, Alexia will have to take on evil scientists and monsters she never imagined - not to mention one very handsome Alpha werewolf who is taking quite an interest in her...
Hands-down awesome. A funny, witty, clever, steampunk-supernatural novel with a cool heroine, some action scenes, and a great romance.
I actually expected the romance to be much more marginal and the action to be the focus of the story, not the other way around, so that was a little surprising. But it worked out all right and made for an enjoyable story. There were twists, there was dramatic tension, there was romantic tension, and there was a nice ending. Or at least I thought it was nice. Overall, a well-done plot.
I liked Alexia, I loved Lord Akeldama, I thought the villain was pretty good, and I thought most of the side characters were quite well done. I'm still neutral about Lord Maccon, the love interest, but other than that I liked the rest of the cast.
I loved the "quaint" writing, the clever dialogue, and the entertaining, light-hearted tone. That said, there were a few things that bothered me: some obvious anachronisms, and an odd narration style. When the two romantic leads were together, they alternated narrating the story by switching viewpoints each paragraph, which was a little jarring and kind of confusing. That said, though, Soulless was pretty well written.
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely worth your time.