Soulless – Gail Carriger
The setting is Victorian England and vampires and werewolves roam the streets. They even have roles in the government.
Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a soulless spinster with an Italian father (who is dead) and a mother who is prone to nervousness. Being without a soul she is of the prenatural variety and abilities enable her to remove the supernatural ability of others as long as she is touching them. Alexia is also intelligent, witty, rebellious and fearsly independent. When the tale begins we find Alexia in a library at a party when she is attacked by a vampire. While defending herself Alexia accidentally kills the vampire bring forth the investigation into the matter by BUR (Bureau of Unnatural Registry) and it´s chief investigator Lord Maccon. He and Alexia have crossed paths before and both are quick to say how much they dislike the other. Though we soon realize that they are both just busy denying their mutual attraction. What follows is the mystery of disappearing vampires alongside some very nasty creatures interest in Alexia.
It is a Victorian Romance/Urban Fantasy/Steampunk with a mystery thrown in. Entertaining, original and fun it´s definitely a book to recommend!
And here is the English and Swedish versions of the book signed by miss Carriger herself 🙂