Maureen McQuerry has created a really fantastical world, set back in time. I love how Lena sent out on this adventure to discover who she really is. IMaureen McQuerry has created a really fantastical world, set back in time. I love how Lena sent out on this adventure to discover who she really is. I really enjoyed the mystery of Mr. Beasley, the Peculiars, and Scree. This book is very detailed and might be slow for some folks, but I have found myself enjoying it very much.
The Peculiars is about a girl named Lena Mattacascar. Because of her large hands and feet, she thinks of herself as abnormal. It doesn’t help that her father was consider different, strange, a goblin, a Peculiar. She always thinks about his genes being a part of her. Before she can asks questions, her father leaves and never comes back. Her mother is silenced about the topic, and her grandmother calls her father a goblin. Lena thinks that he went to place known as Scree, a land for Peculiars, abnormals, and outlaws.
This is where her adventure begins. Traveling to Scree to find out more about the Peculiars, her father, and herself. This tougher than it seems because no one will just go to Scree, since now it is protected by the government.
In a town before you go to Scree, is placed called Knoster. Knoster used to be a popular place, but this popularity began to die down when people became curious about Peculiars and the dangers of them. Lena has to stay here until she can get enough money to buy a guide into Scree. Not a lot of people go into Scree, so her choices are limited. The only one who might be able to help her is Thomas Saltre, a marshal who has his eyes on Mr. Beasley. Exchange for a tour guide, Lena has to be a spy in the Zephyr House for Thomas.
Even though it was a little slow, you get to know the characters more and become attached to them. Lena seemed to be a shy, self-conscious girl. She always worried about what people might think about her hands and feet. She thinks Peculiars are bad people, because of what everyone thinks about them and what she has heard what her father has done. She rushed in to help Thomas because she thought she was doing the right thing.
My favorite character was Jimson. He was charming, smart, handsome, and believed in everything science. At first, he was all if it can't be proven by science, then it didn't exist. Then that slowly faded away through the story. To see him fascinated by science and books, I couldn't help but connect with him.
Mr. Beasley was also a very curious character. I wanted to know everything about him. I didn't think he was a bad guy unlike Lena. To me, I thought he was simply intelligent. I want to know more about him and his life.
The story, to me, was really good. I was really tied into the mystery of everything happening around Lena. When I was reading though, like two-thirds of the book is about her and the people in the Zephyr House. And I kept wondering if she was ever going to meet her father, because I thought it was the main point of the story. Then Lena finally does go into Scree. I'm going to say much more because it could ruin the story.
I think if you like historical fiction, you really enjoy this book. For me, I love the mystery, the characters, and of course, there was a little steampunk parts as well. But after I was done, it was just an okay book for me. Though, I am still thinking about the Peculiars....more
This story was actually what I thought it was going to be. Fun! This story has a lot of supernatural to it and a touch of girly goodness. It wasn’t liThis story was actually what I thought it was going to be. Fun! This story has a lot of supernatural to it and a touch of girly goodness. It wasn’t like over the top where it’s only bad thing after bad thing happening to the main characters. It wasn’t dark read but just light, airy entertainment. And when something bad did happened, the characters somehow make it the most hilarious thing ever.
Since this was such a quick read, I don't want to give too much away so this is short review!
You get two points of view from Aly and then Jameson. Aly is just your average girl. She and her friend Des get lucky and win a trip to see mister hottie himself, Dakota Danvers. An actor who works on one of their favorite supernatural shows on the CW. But it turns out Dakota is more than just a bad boy, this boy is straight out of hell.
Aly and Des fall in love with everything from the sets of the tv show to the photoshoots, and can’t help but love Dakota as well. This changes when they see who he really is, with help of Jameson.
Jameson is a fallen angel trying to earn his wings back. His job is to figure out what Dakota is up to, and stop him. But he can’t do it alone, he needs help from Aly and Des.
My favorite scenes from the book are when Aly, Aly’s sister, and Des have to survive the seven deadly sins. They fall for some of them, and the ones they do fall for, are so funny to read about. Lust and Gluttony were my favorites!
There's paranormal creatures, romance, some action scenes, and overall great laughs. For an angel book, I always think horrible things are going to happen. Nope, not this one. If you need a pick me up book, or looking for an easy read, I highly suggest this book. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing on this one.
This book was just like one of those crime TV shows. You know how the victim and many witnesses are talking about what happened during the big event tThis book was just like one of those crime TV shows. You know how the victim and many witnesses are talking about what happened during the big event that almost killed the victim. They all talked about what they remember what happened or what the police did. The narrator of the show then feeds us some chilling sentences and it cuts off to commercials.
This book is all of that, but without all of those cheesy commercials.
You pretty much get every point of view there is. The boy who was there when the call was made. The girl who was supposed to be the victim. 911 calls. Different pieces of items that might helped the case. Even the victim and killer have point of views in this story.
So if you like those crime TV shows, like Snapped or Forensic Files, then you will enjoy this book.
Now for the part where I tell you why I liked this book a lot. I felt like I was the investigator putting the pieces together because the author does supply you with a lot of evidence along the way. Like any good investigator, you have to pay attention to details.
Another thing that I liked, even though it did feel like a crime show at most points, there were some sweet moments between two characters. Gabie and Drew were at some points complicated. Drew has had a crush on Gabie for awhile, and Gabie is so used to being unnoticed that she doesn’t notice Drew liking her. After Kayla’s disappearance, this tragic event brings them together. Gabie doesn’t want to be alone. She is afraid that the guy will come back for her. Drew is there to protect her, in case the guy does come back for her.
Gabie doesn’t believe Kayla is dead. When the kidnapper was supposed to take you, I would feel that same hope as well. The ending was satisfying because Gabie didn't give up. She believed deep down that Kayla was alive and that gut feeling saved Kayla.
After I was done though, I felt like it was okay book but there wasn’t enough umph to make it unforgettable. -Ivy...more
I love, love mermaid tales! This one is probably one of my favorites. This is a story that I want to be a part of, and just because of the Syrenas andI love, love mermaid tales! This one is probably one of my favorites. This is a story that I want to be a part of, and just because of the Syrenas and their underwater world, but because of the characters. The cast of characters were fun to get to know and god how I wish they were real.
The whole point of the story is Galen and discovering who Emma really is. And at some point, making Emma believe him when he tells her who she is. Emma was the biggest mystery. Galen wasn’t sure if she was a Syrena and if she was then why didn’t she save her friend from a shark. But what really confuses him, is when Emma talks to the shark and makes him leave. Only some have that skill, and those Syrenas are Royalty from Poseidon.
There are two kingdoms of the ocean. One is Triton’s and the other is Poseidon’s. Galen is a descendant of Triton. We learn a lot of things about the Syrena from his point of view. Anna Banks give us some history from the side as well, which I really enjoy.
Then there is the romance. Galen is attracted to Emma but can’t give this attraction to much thought. Of Emma is really the descendant of Poseidon, then Grom, Galen’s brother and king, will take her as his mate. I felt a little upset about this because ugh, I just wanted Galen to kiss Emma and get it over with. However, Galen is strict guy when it comes to rules. He just needs to figure who Emma is.
I thinks all I need to say about all of that, because don't want to give two much away.
Ah, the characters were just wonderful to get to know. Emma was a bit tempered and when she and Galen fight, it’s just cute. Rayna, Galen’s sister, is really feisty, especially towards her mate Toraf, who is charming guy. Then there’s Rachel, Ms. McIntosh, and Dr. Milligan, who all played their part the story. Especially the ending, one of them is the biggest surprise ever!
The ending is a cliffhanger, but I did overall enjoy everything about this book. Can’t wait for the sequel.