This book really messed with my head in the end! It's an amazing series, with characters that seem almost too real. I tried to pick up a book that I already owned before buying the next, but Gail Carriger's world won't let me go until everything from the last book is settled.
That said, it takes a truly excellent story with peerless narration to pull me in this far. I laughed and cried with Alexia, and I look forward to continuing the series.
It surprised me at every corner, made me giggle; an 'alternate history' victorian england, where werewolf's and vampires are common and part of society.
This is a very funny and different take on the eponymos vampire literature so popular today. It is sexy and funny as well as suspenseful.
Great voice characterizations, funny and intelligent emphasis is this readers strengths, bringing out the best in this book.
Yes, it had me wanting to know what happens next, since it is a detective or espionage story as well as a love story.
Most of the book is setting up the story and it really doesn't get good until the last quarter of the book. The first half of the book really feels like a waste of time
I was disappointed that just as the book was starting to have action and a progression in the storyline - it ended with an unresolved problem
Book 2 is just as good as book one, but the ending gave me mixed feelings. It also had me running to my computer to download the next in the series. I think if you enjoyed Soulless you're hooked for the entire series.
I love the humor in these books and I want all the clothes except Miss Hisselpenny’s of course. Lord Maccon is rapidly becoming my second favorite Scotsman second only to Jamie Frasier! There are great lines in this book too numerous to mention. I love Alexia’s wit and strength. This series has made it on my favorites list.
Narrator , Emily Gray does a great job with all the characterizations and accents I will definitely look for other books she has narrated and she is now on my list of favorite narrators.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This book is as good as book 1. Emily Gray does a great job with her reading. Some of the supporting characters are strong enough to get a say in future books and stories. I gave this a 3 instead of a 4 due to the following. A few more details should be given or hinted at. These will aid in understanding the society and world being presented to us. Near death experience becomes an issue with the ending. Werewolves consider themselves nearly dead. Why is this negative? The world presented is advanced enough to know about other types of near death experiences. Do they even exist in this world? These could not result in the person becoming a werewolf. Something should be said about these persons. Do they come back changed? If so then what? Something hinted at will do. The general consensus of vampires is accepted. The person dies completely due to vampire bite(s). If they return, it is as a vampire. Ghosts come back after the body dies completely. In this and other books set in this world it is said repeatedly; werewolves have to survive being bitten. SURVIVE is the key word here. Not explaining or hinting at world and werewolf reasoning for this makes the ending unacceptable. Something should be hinted at indicating all near death experiences are negative. Lack of this information or hints makes the ending weird and the story become fragmented. The book's duration is short enough that a little more hints of this and werewolf reasoning could be inserted.
I would listen to it again. I enjoy Alexia Maconn a great deal, and Carriger's writing is witty while maintaining the suspense you want in this type of novel.
Well, this is cheating, but I would have to say, "Soulless."
The end is a bit of a cliff hanger...not to spoil anything. I am anxious to know what will happen next.
One minor issue I noted: in the audio version of "Soulless" (the prequel to this book), there is a character whose name is pronounced markedly different than in this one. It took me a moment to realize who she was talking about the first time she mentioned his name in this book. Not sure why that happened.
This is a wonderful addition to the Alexia Tarabotti novels. Ms Carriger brings humor to the delightful paranormal mystery. The language is truly that of the uptight, old world British empire which persuades the reader into believing you are in the time and place - listening in. She tells the continuing story of the soulless lady now married to the roughish werewolf off on another venture that centers around his former pack and the mystery of the humanization plague. Cute that from their point of view being made human again is considered a sickness or malady. Fun new characters are introduced with wildly prominent personalities for their given parts. The sister is self centered to a fault and the "inventor" cracks you up with her masculine voice, clothes and demeanor.
Well worth the credit, the book is completely entertaining and light, quick paced and delightfully quirky. The one bummrer that brought the rating down from 4 to 5 stars is the "cliffhanger " ending. One is forced to buy the next installment to get any closure on the couple's debacle. I of course will buy it, but feel a little cheated. Good thing Carriger's writing is so playful and enticing.