#SpooktasticReads: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Book Review

Published Date: October 1, 2009

Publishing Co: Orbit

Pages: 357

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Tarabotti was not one of life’s milk-water misses—in fact, quite the opposite. Many gentlemen had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice – that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”

Earlier this month, when I was yearning for a good werewolf story, I should have picked this up instead of the one I did. But what matters, is that I finally read this, having owned the ebook for a number of years.

Alexia Tarabotti is one of those female main characters that I love. Smart, rebellious, and incorrigible. Considered a spinster at the rough ol’ age of 26, Alexia is mostly a pain to her family. She’s apt to embarrass them at dinners, talking to scientists and aristocrats, about……gulp….intellectual subjects. Not to mention, she’s half Italian and her tan skin is an offense to their delicate pale senses. Her nose is just slightly too large and they will probably never find someone to marry her off to.

Lord Maccon is a werewolf and the head of BUR, essentially the police of supernatural creatures. Currently humanity knows of the existence of werewolves, vampires and ghosts. There may be a few others creeping about that they have no idea exist, like Miss Tarabotti herself. Lord Maccon is forced to endure several encounters with Miss Tarabotti after she is attacked by a rogue vampire. More perplexing still, every new mystery seems to happen in Miss Tarabotti’s presence. Lone werewolves and vampires are missing, and new ones appearing with no idea of what they are or the rules they must now live by. Every time he turns his back, another incident involving Alexia occurs.

Being the curious sort, Alexia begins gathering information after each incident and uses her contacts to find out more. If the police can’t figure this out, why, she will.

Love it or not, Lord Maccon can either work with Miss Tarabotti or……lock her up? That might be the only way to keep her out of it.

The woman is frustratingly intriguing.

This was just a wallop of fun. Steampunk, mystery, romance, strong characters and adventure. I could binge read the whole series in one go.

15 thoughts on “#SpooktasticReads: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Book Review

  1. I just started a book by a new-to-me author. It’s called Drawing Dead by S.M. Reine. Right away, I’m loving it! It has supernatural elements, and sounds similar in style to this book. If you’re into supernatural novels with vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. I would recommend you check it out. I have NOT finished the novel yet, so I can say much about the entirety of it.

      1. Don’t base anything on me! lol. I barely remember the premise of the one I read but it was years ago so it may have been their first series and they’ve grown as an author since then. :3

  2. Yassss I loved this book! I got it from the library earlier this year and thought it was a graphic novel lol. There IS a graphic novel, but I wound up reading the regular novel version. At first I was iffy on shipping Maccon and Alexia, but I hopped on board pretty quickly, She really is one of those characters you love almost instantly, and I came around to her werewolf bae pretty fast, too. I think I still need to review this one myself, and I’m definitely continuing the series.

    Legit wanted to smack her mom in the face SO many times.

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