Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle Mcquerry Review

Book Description;
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
Trying to fit into society is hard especially when you don't look like everyone else. Lena is a young Woman just turning 18 and has always had to deal with being an outcast. Her Mother always told her she had a birth defect which causes her hands and feet to have an extra joint which make them much larger than a normal Humans but others have a different aspect. Because of this Lena has to wear special shoes and always keeps her hands covered with gloves. Lena doesn't remember her Father much, he left when she was 5yrs. old and she she hasn't seen or heard from him since but on her 18th Birthday her Mother hands her 2 envelopes and  tell her that there from her Father.  
soon after Lena takes a train to head to where she believes her Father lives and meets a young man named Jimson, heading in the same direction. This is the first person Lena has ever met that doesn't look at her with disgust because of her deformities and Lena begins to feels comfortable around him. Littles does she know they will meet again in very different circumstances.
I found this book to be ok, I had never read anything like it before and it seemed to skirt the steampunk genre. I thought the cover was great and that's what initially drew me to this book.  I think the story was very well written and had some true historical information and a very slight amount of romance. Grab a copy and take an adventure with Lena!
Release Day is May 1st 2012!

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