Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Publication date: Oct 09
Format: Paperback - 365 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Steampunk
First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster who 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 is 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 yet another book that I can't believe I didn't pick up before now. It had exactly the witty writing style that I absolutely adore.
I immediately fell in love with Alexia Tarabotti. She was an incredibly steadfast, intelligent and hilarious character that never failed to make me laugh out loud enough for everybody to look at me like I'm insane. She made the whole book in my opinion. I also loved all of the supporting characters. Especially Lord Maccon, for reasons that will definitely become apparent if you read the book. The relationship between Alexia and Maccon just had me in hysterics, more so than ever when I found out what all the fuss was about the hedgehog.
The plot was really inventive and definitely kept me turning pages as fast as I could. There was a perfect mix of everything that a book needs so the plot developed at a great pace. Where the story line was progressing a little slowly, there were moments where the characters got to shine. Then when the plot picked up again, so much suspense was involved I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
What I loved most about this book though, was the writing. I know a lot of people would take a while to become accustomed to it. I find this writing style so entertaining though so when I read the first page, I was jumping up and down with excitement in my head.
Overall though, I'm seriously excited to read the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what direction it's taken in and to get back into the world of Alexia and Lord Maccon.
My rating: 10/10