Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review: THE PECULIARS by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Title: The Peculiars
Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Publisher: Amulet Books (May 1, 2012)
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Genre:YA Steampunk Romance

Decription: 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.

Review: The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry is a peculiar read.

Lena Mattacascar travels to the outskirts of the wild land of Scree in search of her father and the secret who or what she really is. When she comes across a young librarian, she befriends him and soon takes up residence in the home of inventor Mr. Beasley. Strange things happen in his home, and the town’s marshal persuades Lena to investigate. She’s soon in over her head and must discover who to trust or it might mean her own life and others on the line.

The Peculiars started out very slow, and the pace didn’t pick up much until the last third of the novel. The characters intrigued me and were mysterious. Information about them trickled at a steady pace and kept me guessing. The setting and creatures intrigued me. The elements of steampunk were light and sprinkled throughout as well as the romance was more hinted out than actually realized. In the end, the mysterious nature of the plot and characters kept me reading, but I just wanted more from the plot and characters with less description of the scenery.

Maureen Doyle McQuerry’s The Peculiars intrigues the reader with its enigmatic characters and is a good read for those who want an introduction to steampunk story elements.

Three Bookworms = I liked it.