Parasol Protectorate #1
Pub date: 10/1/09
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
With 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 tart?
This was my first foray into the world of steampunk, and I'm completely in love. I didn't think I liked historical-ish books, so I passed over Soulless so many times. Perhaps I don't like straight up historicals, but I sure do love them with vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of steampunk inventions.
I want to be best friends with Alexia. She is so smart, and not afraid to show it, in a time where that was perceived as unattractive. She had me laughing constantly, and now I need to get myself a parasol like hers. Alexia is the shining star of this book.
It took me a while to get used to the writing and vocabulary, but once I did, I was flying through the pages. Exciting and entertaining the whole way through. 5 Stars!