Soulless’s biggest strength, as with its descendants, is Alexia’s voice, both what she says to herself and to others. What goes through a twenty-six year old’s head the first time she feels the heat of a werewolf’s kiss is a real crowd pleaser. Having already read the next two books in this series, I did not know one could find such romance in this series. I am significantly peeved that Gail has turned the plot as she has in the following books so as to build more of the world. This world-building initiative complicates what would otherwise be a Jane Austen novel with a little more spunk. Now what we have is Jane Austen does steampunk spunk with vampires, werewolves, and ghosts.
Having reviewed the other two books first has complicated my score for this one. I think it is worlds beyond those sequels I have read. I made the grave error as a reviewer of giving a high five to the middle book without having consulted with its originator.
One can already see, as Soulless wraps up, its imminent degradation. Each successive generation will be made more stompy and less rompy. Even the characterizations of Lord Akeldama, an ancient and foppish vampire (quite a cad), and Lord Maccon are reduced as the world turns. But be comforted dear reader characters such as Ivy Hisselpenny, Alexia’s best friend and foil, and Biffy, Lord Akeldama’s favorite companion, gain some time in the spotlight. We will learn more about Alexia’s father, whose Kama Sutra books get mentioned every time Maccon and Alexia consort, making me wonder how much of a daddy issue that she has. I am sure by book five we will learn all about her mysterious father.
|Recommended:||for a humorous romp by a cup of tea|
|Like this, like that:||Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price and the Season of the Moon series by S. M. Reine.|
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada