I was really uncertain how I was going to feel about a soulless lead. I had no idea how her character would be developed based on this glaring affliction. Really, the primary way this seems to affect Alexia is in her inability to make moral judgements and act properly in all social situations. It also makes her a neutralizer for other paranormal beings when she comes in contact with them. I enjoyed the book. The paranormal storyline, taking place in Victorian England, was a really interesting twist. It will be great to read the second book, to see how the events in the first, change her day to day activities and interactions with others.