Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Reviewed by Sara

Back in 2009, when I was reading mostly Paranormal Romance, I came across Soulless by Gail Carriger. It had werewolves and vampires, golems and ghosts all set in Victorian England. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the story wasn’t written like a Paranormal-Historical, but was actually this really cool subgenre I hadn’t ever read before, Steampunk. Steampunk, at least the way Carriger writes it, takes a time period like Victorian England and through intense world building and the addition of steam powered technology creates a fantastical, but still familiar alternate history.

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Review: How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

Reviewed by Sara

How to Marry a Werewolf is a novella that takes place after the events of Gail Carriger’s popular Parasol Protectorate series. The novella can technically be read as a standalone although there are some elements that might be a bit lost on a reader new to the world Carriger has meticulously built. However, the story and characters are written with enough depth and explanation that anyone with should be able to lose themselves in this fantastic story.

As the story begins, we meet Bostonian Faith Wigglesworth, who, after causing a scandal, has been banished to the British Isles with one job, she is to find herself a werewolf to marry. In America, the supernaturals are barely tolerated and in many cases viewed as abominations. Faith is being punished by a family that it is immediately clear are horrible. [Read more…]