Review “The Peculiars” by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

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Title: The Peculiars
Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Netgalley


There is something about Peculiars that readers will find fascinating. They may not be able to identify it at first; it’s a feeling in the gut that makes a person keep flipping through the pages. It’s a moment where the eyes can’t move fast enough over a page in the anticipation to find out what happens next. The Peculiars will satisfy the readers every craving for mystery and adventure while allowing us to fall in love with the main characters.

The Peculiars centers around 18 year old Lena, a girl raised in the City by her mother and grandmother. Upon the arrival of a present from her mysterious absent father Lena embarks on a journey that will change her life far more than she could ever have imagined.

The action starts off right away with an incident on the train and then seems to slow down into a mystery book as soon as Lena arrives in a town on the edge of Scree, a territory of uncharted wilderness where the Peculiars live. There she gets involved with a Marshall intent on using her for his own purposes and Mr. Beasley, the quirky owner of Zephyr House.

After Lena teams up with Jimson, the new librarian, The Peculiars begins to speed up again and swerves back into an adventure novel. From there it is a whirlwind of events that will leave the reader wanting more and more very second of the way.

One of the things that I loved about this novel was the perfect blend of action/adventure and mystery. We get to watch Lena on a journey to discover her who is and in the end it is the character of Jimson who makes her think about who she really is. McQuerry makes a strong message throughout the story forcing the reader to ask themselves the same questions that Lena is asking herself. Are you who you are because of who you were born to, or what your gene pool is, OR are is what makes you YOU entirely based on your own self. Is Lena’s personality dependant upon whether or not she is part Goblin or is it dependant upon her personality and her character?

I am not entirely sure if this book is part of a series or not but I will definitely be looking forward to anymore books that Maureen Doyle McQuerry writes. I will give this book four stars! And just a sidenote, don’t you guys just LOVE that cover!

The Peculiars