The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful #1)
The albino beauty who has come to study at Victorian London’s Athens Academy will learn not only to deal with the ghosts that she can see, but her own part in the puzzling prophecy that threatens the known world.
I'm going to be quoting a lot from this book in this review. The quotes are too priceless not to be used, and they give a pretty good impression of the entirety of the book and the writing...which is not a good thing. The writing tries too hard to be poetic and 19th century, and instead sounds like an author's flowery rendition instead of actual, beli ...more
I really liked getting to see so many different points of view. The main focus of the story was Alexia and his fated love, but we got to see a lot of the rest of his group of six. The dynamic between them seemed really genuine. They laughed tog ...more
Miss Percy Parker is an albino. Abandoned as an infant on the steps of a convent in Victorian times, she grew up with only ghosts as friends. When she arrives to the Athens school in London, she is ever hopeful of finding a purpose for her life and equally fearful of the jibes an ...more
The foggy streets of London are lit by gas lamps and the hope of the The Guard to find the missing piece of their group, Prophecy. Ghosts have always haunted the living, but in this world, they can be deadly. It is the responsibility of The ...more
I couldn't put the book down and read it in one day. I squee'd at the end of it.
Love, honor, betrayal, confusion, myth and passion are all themes in this book.
We follow Percy, who is an outsider in both worlds, and the Guard who is set upon this Earth to protect the innocent. Their paths intermingle and wind together and at the heart of this story is love and trusting one's own heart.
Percy is the beautiful ugly duckling and Alexi is the tortured brooding Gothic ...more
Parts of it were quite harrowing - about 60 pages or so from the end I was positively drowning with anxiety - ...more
What I Like: The gothic spin on a traditional Victorian London setting. The dark, gloomy and terrifying atmosphere of classic gothic storytelling fits perfectly with this book, whose story takes place in the year 1888, the year of Jack the Ripper. I also liked th ...more
It all begins with the destiny of six children. The six are now The Guard, a specially formed team with extraordinar ...more
Every so often, you find a book that really knocks your socks off. If I could, I would give The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber 100 stars. There are no superlatives too great to describe this well-written, exciting historical romantic fantasy.
With a skillful touch, Ms. Hieber weaves ancient Greek myths into a breathtaking tale of creatures from Hell who terrorize Victorian London. The Guardians, humans endowed with supernatural ...more
First of all, let’s get the bad out of the way. The language use was often clunky with terms and expressions that really didn’t fit the era. As for the foreign language use, I couldn’t believe how bad it was considering this book was published by traditional means: close to every single sentence in French (that went beyond one word) had either grammar or spelling mistakes – or both. I did write them all down but then I lost the piece of paper it was on. In German, i ...more
I am so glad it did.
I couldn't put it down. I just couldn't tear my eyes away from the story, and I can't remember the last time I read a book in which the romance betwe ...more
To begin, Hieber's writing is really quite lovely--she has a way with words that is enjoyable to read. There were frequently dialogues of subtle wit that I appreciated, and a ...more
Alexi Rychman has been looking for the fulfillment of the Prophecy for two long decades, and as yet, his Goddess has not returned. There is to be signs of her arrival, and London is thick with them, but not the most important of all....The portal to the other ...more
I will read this book
as if it were a poem
only giving you five or six
words or so at a
time. Having no regard for
punctuation. Actually, I might
even create some of my.
Own putting periods in where
they should not.
It was as if Ms. Durham had never actually read the book before. Or ...more
I've been eying this book ever since I saw the title; it just WINS. And after seeing the cover (which I really like - simple and atmospheric) and learning that the story was a little steampunk, my little book-I-must-get radar was beeping like mad. If you look around, this book is getting a lot of buzz, so I wasn't the only one. I asked for this book right away when Dorchester asked me if there was anything I was interested in reading. I mean, really. This ...more
More than twenty years later, the now-grownup children are still waiting.
Miss Percy Parker has been raised in a convent, but has been sent to the Athens Academy to further her education, as it is one of the few inst ...more
The supernatural plot line was a little confu ...more