It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. This has been reviewed many times this year, and the premise sounded right up my alley. Paranormal? Check. Strong female heroine? Check. Witty dialogue and snappy repartee? Check and check. I described this book to a friend as "Pride and Prejudice" if Mr. Darcy was a sexy werewolf and Elizabeth Bennett could neutralize the supernatural.
Alexia Tarabotti is a 26-year-old spinster in Victorian London. She is also opinionated, bossy, and *gasp* Italian. She is also soulless. Literally. She has no soul. This gives her the ability to neutralize vampires and werewolves with her touch. This is a handy ability because London is simply crawling with unaffiliated vampires who seem to not care who they bite! And in polite society!
This may not be an enduring classic, but I enjoyed the Hell out of it. I am frantically reading through the series, and I recommend it to anyone who loves supernatural stories, strong-willed women, and Victorian Manners.