Author: Gail Carriger
Page Count: 284 pages
ISBN: 9780316056632 (Orbit; US; 2009)
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Worth a Read?: At least once, if you enjoy supernatural tales with a comedic romance flare.
“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 is a collaborative review by A. Lachance and M. McKinnon.
A: My first impression was laughter. Those first few paragraphs grab you by the funny bone with their premise — vampires, tarts, parasols… Really? I didn’t pick it up right away, but I knew I’d end up getting to it eventually.
M: The good thing about getting books recommended to you by people who have already suggested many other books that you’ve enjoyed is that there is a very good chance that you’ll enjoy the next one too. I admit, looking at the cover of this, I wasn’t sure about this one at all, but once my eyes had passed that first page, I was certainly not going to put it down, in case there were more amusements to come my way.