Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: September 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Series: The Peculiar, Book 1
Things I Liked:
This was a quirky, fun, interesting and different read. I loved the mix of fairies and steampunk and fantasy all wrapped up into one strange package. This book was creepy and so imaginative, I could not predict what would happen next. I was captivated by the mystery (which, ok, was a bit predictable) and especially the world that the author created. So many strange and fantastical things going on, it was hard to keep track of them all. A fun foray into steampunk world colliding with not-very-nice fairies. It really is quite unique.
Things I Didn't Like:
I was actually about half way through the book before I realized that nothing seemed to have happened yet. The two unlikely and reluctant heroes finally got started on their adventure and mostly all we'd seen was set up and setting and all kinds of crazy steampunk madness. Which was fun, but not action-packed. I had been interested enough in the set up, however, not to notice this for the most part. The ending was a bit confusing and muddled, but rather surprising too. I think kids will devour the books and enjoy all that set up and then the crazy ending.
It kind of reminded me of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Coraline or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - it definitely had the creep factor
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
maybe one or two
definitely doesn't shy away from the creepy and disturbing
Overall rating: ****
Ok, I didn't love this one as much as everyone else did, apparently. What am I missing?
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