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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

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    Five stars!!!!

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    A Fantastical and fun page turner, The Peculiars has me hooked!

    A Fantastical and fun page turner, The Peculiars has me hooked!
    A wonderful entrée into the steam punk genre, McQuerry creates a richly developed world full of multifaceted (and multi-jointed!) people, fascinating inventions, locations that come vividly alive, and characters who you will be loathe to put down when the book is finished. While so many books in the YA market try for cheap shock value, The Peculiars sets a not only a classier tone, but one that raises the bar of today’s best-sellers. She elicits true suspense, not only in the plot, but in the characters themselves. Others have elaborated on both so I will not reiterate here. But I will say I found the characters completely relatable, even in their “peculiarity,” and found myself wanting to know more – especially about Jimson and Mr. Beasley. One minute you think you know the character, but then more is revealed, giving a deeper and intriguing picture into what bravery, love, authenticity and treachery look like. Frankly, the cat Mr. Mumbles has more nuance than most main characters in the YA novels I’ve recently read. I would heartily recommend this book to middle-schoolers and above –almost to the point of stopping people on the street and saying: read this book!

    Sequel please!

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    Steampunk is either hit or miss with me, and this one was defini

    Steampunk is either hit or miss with me, and this one was definitely hit. Lena is a great character with an interestin personality. The world-building is solid and the writing is great. This is one of those books that’ll leave you thinking even after you finish reading. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

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    Review by Jill Williamson This is a fun book. Totally clean. Le

    Review by Jill Williamson

    This is a fun book. Totally clean. Lena is shy and naive, self-conscious of how she looks, especially in regards to her hands and feet. Jimson is loyal to Mr. Beasley and enthralled with invention and progress. He doesn't care much for Lena's faith, which adds some interesting discussions here and there. And Mr. Beasley is the enigmatic inventor, who reminded me somewhat of Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies.

    I enjoyed the premise of what makes one human. The Peculiars with their strange deformities are said to be unable to go to heaven by missionaries in the story. The missionaries were written as firm legalists to their beliefs, though one changed her mind in the end. I'll be interested to see where the author takes this subplot.

    Lena's search for her father gets derailed by the marshal's quest, but it all comes around in the end. Her confusion about who to trust is likely a relatable experience for a young woman inexperienced with advances from a handsome man. The marshal is sneaky--I didn't trust him. But I could see how Lena might. This is not a fast-paced book, but I was never bored and look forward to the second book in the series. This is a fun, thoughtful, clean read.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    The Peculiars is a unique novel. It’s a Steampunk with dar

    The Peculiars is a unique novel. It’s a Steampunk with dark mystery, suspense, and romance. Also, its main character is a goblinism, which is a totally new kind of paranormal character for me. Maureen Doyle McQuerry has written a fresh, new storyline about goblins, which is new for me I haven’t read about goblins myself. I also like that McQuerry wrote this as a Steampunk, and that she didn't go heavy on all the gadgets. The Peculiars takes place in the time around the 1880's. I enjoyed the historical element that McQuerry brought into this storyline. I love the main character, Lena, along with Jimson. Lena is strong-minded and she will have to learn to think before she acts, which McQuerry does an excellent job of showing Lena learning this through the story. Jimson, I fell in love with. He's funny and gentle, but strong. Jimson is not scared to stand up for his beliefs or the people he cares for. Maureen Doyle McQuerry has written an amazing new Paranormal with goblins and created an incredible paranormal/historical/steampunk world.

    Lena has just turned eighteen, and her mother gives her a letter from her father who left them when Lena was five years old. But in his letter, he gives Lena her inheritance and a deed to his family’s mine in Scree. She decides to go to Scree to find out about her father's history, to see if he was a goblin. She’s always been told by her mother that her oversized hands and feet are just a birth defect, but she has to find out if she’s a Peculiar. Peculiars are not thought to be human by the government and human society, but are believed to be creatures with no souls, and the government is trying to take the Peculiars’ freedom away so that they can't live among the humans.

    On the train ride to Knob Knoster, where Lena will hire a guide so she can cross the Knob Knoster border into Scree, she meets Jimson Quiggley. Jimson is on his own adventure to Knob Knoster where he will work for Mr. Tobias Beasley as his librarian. When Jimson meets Lena on the train, you just know he’s already lost his heart to her, but there’s a little problem back home with a girl named Pansy. Jimson's father has already arranged a marriage for Jimson to marry Pansy. I love the romance with Jimson and Lena. These two keep trying to hide their feelings for each other, though I think it was very clear how Jimson feels for Lena. I can't wait till the next book to see more of Lena and Jimson's romance. It just finally did get started at the end of this first book, and this story ends with a very touching scene between them.

    Peculiars is a fantastic and intriguing dark adventure about Lena, a goblin girl who’s coming to understand who she is, and the fight she will have to faces for her rights as a Peculiars and the rights of all Peculiars. I recommend Peculiars as a fresh new adventure in YA Paranormal.

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