By Gail Carriger Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: October 1st 2009 by Orbit Genre: Adult Steampunk / Romance Source: own copy
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?
Bomy’s Flutter: stupendously fun
World Building: Victorian London mixes with paranormal (supernatural, preternatural) and steampunk (automaton galore) to give us a superb world.
Characters: To begin with, Alexia is my favorite female character right now. She’s mature, well read, intelligent, educated and has a sense of humor that I simply love to bits. She’s stubborn and brave and utterly charming. There was some self-irony that made me laugh too, she’s that funny. Absolute work of art.
Lord Maccon was everything I would have wanted him to be, all alpha, strong, funny. And Irish, especially when agitated. He made the perfect pair with Alexia and I enjoyed their banter tremendously. Their relationship developed slowly I’d say, the slow burn type, and when they finally became a couple it was very… them. If you’ve read this, you know what I mean. If not, you’ll get it after reading, lol.
Other characters I loved were Professor Lyall, the Lord Akeldama of course, and Ivy was fun too. They were a bit ridiculous, all of them, but that’s part of their charm and the charm of the read.
Plot: There was a lot of tea going on. I’m a big lover of tea, it’s my second passion after coffee, you see 😀 Jokes aside, there was enough action to keep me very engaged, a tremendous lot of wit and humor about everything and some mystery to keep me guessing. I loved the book because it didn’t drown me in constant explosions yet there was this constant sense of action and tension. Much love.
Writing: Superb. Simply magnificent. Awesome third person narrative from Alexia’s POV and from Lord Maccon’s a bit there in places, it gave an awesome perspective. And since Alexia has such wit and magnificent sense of humor everything regarded through her eyes was entirely fascinating. It had this British tone and humor vibe going that I can’t say I’ve seen done this good in another book. Again, much love.
Curb Appeal: For me, instant buy material. The cover is magnificent, the blurb is definitely hooking and the tone of it, that did keep with the tone of the read, had me entirely curious.
I am going to read the other books in the series and I highly recommend you try this if you haven’t already. It’s awesome!