It took about 60 pages for me to get into the book, but it was largely due to adapting to the British-ness of it all. I love British television and British humor (oh the Brits really know how to turn a phrase!) but adjusting to the reading of it took some time. After I adjusted to the writing style and the characters I absolutely adored the book and could not put it down. Alexia is a strong, witty character who meets her match in Lord Maccon (alpha werewolf). I loved all the characters and Carriger managed to effectively characterize even minimal players so that you felt you knew them (such as Floote, the butler). The melding of steampunk, alternate history, werewolves, vampires, Victorian England, romance and mystery somehow worked extremely well in the hands of Carriger. I have never been a fan of Victorian-era writings but Soulless may have changed my mind. I greatly look forward to the rest of the series!