Today's belated Book Recommendation is Soulless by Gail Carriger.
Sorry gents, this one is targeted a bit more to the ladies. A little bit of Jane Austen meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer this novel had me laughing out loud when I first read it. Meet Alexia Tarabotti a woman who is facing several social tribulations. Set in the Victorian era Alexia is a spinster, of italian descent, and oh, she has no soul. And to make matters worse she is rudely attacked by a vampire.
This scene happens in the first few pages of the novel and Alexia's commentary on the matter alone is enough to have readers laughing. Especially when Alexia accidentally kills the vampire and is more concerned about the perfectly good desserts that were ruined rather than the fact that there is a dead supernatural being on her hands. Here we are introduced to a man who our heroine refers to as maddening. The powerful Lord Maccon who also happens to be a werewolf. They soon discover that the vampire population known to them is disappearing and unknown vampires are appearing when they shouldn't. Thus begins an adventurous sherlockian adventure that will keep you turning the pages.
I am a huge fan of this time period. This novel also brings in some slightly steam punk elements. Add in a heroine that is unabashedly herself who refuses to bow to the conformity of present society and I am on board. I believe that we need heroines like Alexia in novels today. While there are moments where she gets a little whiny about her situation but ultimately sticks to her own beliefs in a way that makes those moments all the more human.
Ladies, if you are looking for a fun, romantic, thrilling read then you will definitely want to check this one out.