Writers are told to do two things regularly. Read and write. My prefered genres are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance and, recently, steampunk, although I do read nongenre and literary fiction and I’ve promised myself I will read Great Expectations before the year is out. I am usually reading two books at a time, a paperback that comes with me everywhere (heaven forbid I’m caught without a book), and one by my bedside.
Recently, those were one and the same as I was pulled into the wonderful steampunk world of Alexia Tarabotti in Gail Carriger’s Soulless. This book has something for everyone and everything very well done. Alexia a 25 year old on the shelf spinster in an alternate England. The language used by Carriger is rich and lush. It’s been so long since I’ve read a regency romance that it took me a while to slip into the flow, but once I did the ride was completely worth it.
I wont give away some of the plot details because how Carriger gives them to her readers is so beautifully done. The book, simply, has everything we could want. A Strong, smart heroine. Smart alpha (literally) hero who loves the heroine even when he wants to throttle her and a terrific plot involving a threat to the preternatural and supernatural communities which are now an accepted part of London Society.
And the best thing about the book? There are three more. Changeless and Blameless are out now and Heartless is coming before the end of the year. Alexia is a character worth spending time with and Ms. Carriger is definitely an author to put on your auto buy list.