Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
What I thought:
This was a bit hard for me to get into at first, but after about the fourth chapter I really got hooked and couldn't put it down. I didn't think it was a fast paced novel, but the plot really intrigued me the more I read on.
When I first read the synopsis on amazon, I was under the assumption that Alexia was a vampire (because of the title) but no, no this is more clever than that. This one shakes up the paranormal world a bit. Where there are vampires and werewolves and ghosts there are preternatural, who counterbalance the supernatural. Clever, very clever.
Alexia is an interesting character who has a horrible family. Her mom reminds me of my mom (in a few ways) and I felt for Alexia, whose mother thought her not pretty in any way and always mentioned it, as if her daughter was a burden to her. Her mother unceremoniously skipped her coming out party to put her up on the shelf of spinsterhood all to early, where she's stayed, watching her younger sisters get the chance for marriage. Anyone else wanted to knock the mom out? Or is it just me?
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