Soulless

Soulless

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Rem

Book - 2012 | 1st Yen Press ed.
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The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed! Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye - Lord Conall Maccon - and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit's end!
Publisher: New York : Hachette Book Group, 2012.
Edition: 1st Yen Press ed.
ISBN: 9780316182010
031618201X
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Carriger, Gail

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forbesrachel Apr 09, 2014

A true blending of the trending western esthetic, and the Japanese art style. Unlike the attempts by many other international based artists, this one is true to the style. Those who are considering their first foray into manga, will find this an easy transitional title, due to its left to right format, and content catering to western tastes; vampires, werewolves, and a strong female lead will appeal to many teens.

With the backdrop of Victorian England, Miss Tarabotti needs to consider her status as a lady, even while she seeks to uncover a plot that has led to a set of mysterious disappearances. While the story feels a bit rushed, this is done to focus on the relationship between Miss Tarabotti, and Lord Maccon, both a werewolf, and head of a supernatural police force. As they quip and dance around each other, they quickly become entangled in the feelings they have for the other. Due to several scenes of tastefully drawn nudity, this series is recommended for older teens only.

The political nature of this world is barely scratched, and it seems Miss Tarabotti will soon find herself in the thick of things. So far Soulless is a promising adaption. Volume one does a good job of presenting an enticing cast and idea, however it is up to volume two to create a worthwhile story to retain interest, and to further develop these characters.

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Nov 30, 2012

RussNeverSleeps thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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