Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

The Peculiars

                               The Peculiars


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.
Hardcover, 354 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Amulet Books 
(MY THOUGHTS)       5  Hearts!!!!!
 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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  1. Great Review, I can't wait to read the Peculiars now!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts :D

  2. Glad you liked the review Kayla! Hope you enjoy Peculians! :)