Redecorating and The Lack of a Soul

As you may have noticed, I’ve done some redecorating. I proudly present to you Of Books and Bailey. I do so hope you like what I’ve done with the place. I find the revisions not too shabby myself, if I may say so. You might want to check out the updated About page as I have re-branded and refocused.  I am confident in the direction I’m heading.

PrintAs is only appropriate given my elevated, hoity-toity,  pretentious language, I simply must tell you about my new favorite novel, Soulless by Gail Carriger. It’s brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! A Victorian fantasy, steampunk novel, we follow the adventures of Alexia Tarabotti, who is enduring many a social tribulation. She is a spinster possessing the rare talents of a preternatural, one without a soul and thereby able to negate supernatural abilities. She is rudely attacked by a newborn vampire without any sense of social etiquette, leading to the discovery of missing known vampires and unwarranted newborns.


Vampires. Parasols. Naked werewolves. Scandalous! What’s not to love?

The wit and humor of Soulless left me giggling out loud and blushing furiously. The world Carriger creates is meticulously put together much like the Victorian ladies of old. The characters are delightful, charming, and perfectly flawed. You cannot help but adore them.

I honestly don’t have a single bad word to say about the whole thing. Carriger is the modern Austen of steampunk and fantasy.

In short, you will like Soulless if you enjoy the following:vintage-1041613_960_720

  • Strong, non-conforming heroines
  • Teatime
  • The Victorian era in general
  • Imagining British accents in your head
  • Appealing and masculine males
  • Intrigue and mystery
  • Period dramas on BBC
  • Lace, corsets, and bustles
  • Desserts
  • Fantasizing about strolling in gardens with a parasol

Readers be discrentioned. There is a large romantic element to the story. I would not however, categorize this book as a romance. That being said, there is sexual content though mostly innuendo and non-descriptive.

Read this book and go eat a treacle tart.

Tootle loo, darlings! Till next time!


8 thoughts on “Redecorating and The Lack of a Soul

  1. Just thought I’d drop in and say…love reading your book reviews. I think you’ve got a great talent turning books into concise units then telling us your thoughts.

    Redecorating is cool too 😊

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      1. Well that’s simply because you are. Some book reviews I’ve seen are, umm, terrible. Yours are crafted well and show off your love of reading.

        Alternatively I could be sucking up in case you ever see mine 😁

        Seriously, though you’ve doing this proper right (not good wordage but it, well, fits). Keep it up 😇


    1. Yay! I’m happy to hear that. Which book was your favorite? I’m a little scared that I’ll keep reading and it won’t be as great as the first book. I hate it when series do that!

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      1. Oh! Tough question… though I think the first because I had never read anything like this and it was such a surprise. Though the one set in Italy was really fun too!


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