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The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful #1)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  2,090 ratings  ·  407 reviews
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.
ebook, 296 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
The title is a misnomer. I would have titled this The Twistingly Tangential Tale of Miss Percy Parker instead. Good lord, how this story wandered.

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, bel
Leanna Hieber
Sep 25, 2010 Leanna Hieber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the only book of mine I'll ever rate, and while it won't be the best book I ever write, I'll remain particularly partial to it. After a decade-long journey to publication, my debut remains the book of my heart.
Cross genre books are a hard sell. And unless the author has the skill to pull it off, the book will not find a readership. When it comes to The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, this could have been a problem. This novel is a Victorian Gothic Paranormal Ghost filled tale with romance that both teens and adults can read. The sensuality is subdued enough to fit the time period of 1888 London, England. Emotions such as the yearnings of love and lust are meant to pushed way down. What ...more
What a unique and interesting story! I don't read that many fantasy books, so this was a big departure for me. I liked it, but things that were new and interesting to me might be common in the genre. I'm just not familiar enough with it to say for certain.

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
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
There aren’t enough words the Internet Thesaurus dictionary can describe for how ‘in-hearts’ I am with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. This book was a re-imagined homage to the Victorian romantics such as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte mixed with the supernatural aspects of Sherlock Holmes. This book brought to life what is so often missing in contemporary romance, the ability to build romantic tension with nothing more than stolen glances and a poet’s heart. I was swept awa ...more
Lolly's Library
I'm not exactly sure what star rating to give to this book; three stars seems at once too generous and not generous enough. Perhaps it would help to simplify and break my review down into what I like and what I don't like about the book.
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
"The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker" is one of the strangest 'romances' I've read in a long time. Author Leanna Renee Hieber has penned a tale worthy of the title 'gothic' and just about as understandable.

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
Jess Haines
Leanna Renee Hieber has created a fantastic and spellbinding adventure in THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE MISS PERCY PARKER. Her writing is positively captivating. She creates a lovely and believable glimpse into a genteel Victorian-era London plagued by ghosts.

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
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Truly a strangely beautiful tale.

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
I am not sure what to say that won't sound trite. I loved this book. Utterly loved it. It was a beautiful, lyrical, haunting tale that was remarkably well told. I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it. The weaving and layering of mythological elements was done so skillfully... with little things that were just mentioned early on becoming heralds of significant things later.

Parts of it were quite harrowing - about 60 pages or so from the end I was positively drowning with anxiety -
This first book in the series had me captured pretty quickly. You can tell that Leanna Hieber has done her homework as the book really does capture the essence of those 18th century romantic novels. In fact the prose was quite poetic. She was also able to fully introduce the paranormal aspects within the book while keeping to the time period. Persephone Parker is true to her name and what happens within the book keeps pretty true to the mythical story. There are a few twists and turns within to ...more
I desperately wanted to like this book because I am all out of series to read. I read a glowing review and double checked goodreads before I purchased this ebook. I should know that anytime a book has a rating lower than the 3.9ish range, I should never read it. The writing was not terrible, but I just did not click with any of the characters. They lacked depth and were at times extremely irritating. Normally I have soft spots for meek heroines who have inner strength, but Percy made me want to ...more
Twilight for adults? I felt I'd scream if a had to read about the hero's good looks and rich voice one more time. And perhaps Ms Hieber should employ an editor or proof-reader to help her get her "thee"s and "thou"s right and find a balance between quaintly historic, badly done Irish brogue, and too modern for the timeline diction. And to keep her from calling a group of people "beloveds". GAAAAH! English is not my first language, but even I could see how bad the English was. And every time a Ge ...more
Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber is full of rich writing that will grip onto your imagination and throw you into a story so fast that you will think you're in the late 1800s. I never wanted to put this book down when I was reading, I just wanted more. More ghosts, more Percy, more Alexi! I am so in love with this plot, atmosphere - Talk about being smitten with steampunk.

It all begins with the destiny of six children. The six are now The Guard, a specially formed team with extraordinar
This book has made the rounds and no mistake. I started seeing early reviews awhile back and read a few delightful interviews with Leanna Renee Hieber and found myself intrigued to read her first novel--THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER. I was, therefore, tickled to receive a copy for review from Ms. Hieber and quickly set about settling in. I knew it was a Gothic paranormal mystery of sorts, featuring (among other things) a group of loyal comrades, a private London academy, a bi ...more
I must be getting soft. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker doesn't really deserve four stars, but I liked it. (It was a free download from Barnes & Noble.) It's lovely and smooshy. It has really nice ghosts and a girl who can talk to them. The girl saves the world, of course. Sometimes, you just need to read something NICE.
Linda Banche
One of the Best Books I've Read

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
Never has a title so conveyed the essence of a book, like The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. Long and to the point, the title is exact in it's representation of the novel, because it is a strangely beautiful tale. The novel is a Victorian era paranormal, with all the tid-bits that keeps us para junkies begging for more. A must-read for paranormal and/or historical fans, Strangely Beautiful is a perfect blend of Victorian style writing, hauntingly, dark paranormal aspects and suga ...more
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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
I'm not a fan of historical romances (I used to be, but they fell out of my favor years ago). In fact, I almost exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance - and Gothic romance? Never. But something about this book, whether it was the introduction to the paranormal Gothic romance or the title or whatever, caught my eye.

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
While I initially had some difficulty getting into this story, by the time I was a couple of chapters into it, I could not put the book down. Well, unfortunately, I did HAVE to, but I didn't WANT to. The title is so very appropriate, as well--this truly was a "strangely beautiful tale." There is no better way to describe it!

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
Lillie Roberts
Six were called to soothe the spirits, six were called to protect the humans, and to them will come a seventh, the Balance. The Healer, The Intuition, The Artist, The Heart, The Memory, The Power...... all await the Balance yet to come......

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
LOVED!!!! This book would definitely fall in the horror/paranormal category, and omg, I could not put it down. A goddess appears to these 6 teens and gives them each a different power so that they can protect the mortal world from evil. Stick with me, it's not cheesy, I swear. Well, maybe a little, but that's why we love it. BUT...they are given a prophecy that a 7th will join them when they are given the sign of a portal. So this albino chick shows up at a school where these teens, now adults, ...more
Christine Rose
This Strangely Beautiful Tale took me awhile to get into, but that is not unusual for me. My schedule, unfortunately, makes reading a luxury. However, once engaged, I was completely enthralled! Although it took me weeks of reading a page or two here and there, once Percy met her Alexi, I quite literally couldn't put it down (for 6+ hrs). Everything seemed to come together for me at that moment, and every other task on my to-do list suddenly seemed rather unimportant. I was entirely swept away by ...more
Oh gods this was such a bad audio book. I think the narrator (Rena Durham) might actually win an award for worst reader ever. Her voices were fair, but her reading of everything else was horrid. She would read like this:
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
Janice (Janicu)

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
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Jun 20, 2010 Lea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker begins with six children being called to their destiny as protectors of the world from spirits and demons. They are given a Prophecy, that a seventh will join them, a female peer who will be especially important to their leader, Alexi.

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
Aug 12, 2010 Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Snape lovers
Recommended to Lindsey by: Christine Rose
I just loved this book. It was as if it were written just for me. I think if I ever commissioned an author to write a novel for me, it would probably come out to be pretty close to this. I was so drawn in even from the first couple pages. The dark streets of Victorian-era London are just so enticing. I was into this book from the beginning, but then I was really into it when Professor Alexi came into it. It was as though he was a piece of my own soul.

The supernatural plot line was a little confu
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Author, actress and playwright, Leanna received a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to study in London. She adapted 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country. She is a 4 time Prism Award winner for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance. Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy ...more
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“I assure you; while I look like a ghost, I'm no spirit or demon. I'm nothing but a girl struggling to make her way in an intolerant world. I bleed, I love, and someday, I'll die.” 35 likes
“One spirit remained unaware of his presence, staring at Miss Parker with such longing that he reluctantly decided to let it stay. The spirit, a hollow-eyed girl with ringlets and clothing from long past, reached toward Percy, wishing to touch her. Alexi understood. When left to her own devices, Miss Parker was neither shy nor awkward; she was radiant.” 5 likes
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