Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman - Plus Giveaway

 Title: The Peculiar
Author: Stefan Bachmann
Published: September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
Book Description:
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

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My Thoughts:

When it comes to books about fey, I always look for a good world-building.  The Peculiar did not dissapoint.  Stefan made a world so colorful and vivid. I don’t usually read middle-grade books, but this book became an exception. I love how it will test your imagination. A story bursting with colors, action and mystery, I was addicted.

The story took place in a world where faeries were trapped in our world and an imminent war between human and faeries is about to explode. The Changelings/half-lings were being condemned. Bartholomew and his sister, who themselves are changelings abide from this rule given by their mother,“Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.” Then Hettie disappeared, who can Bartie trust? Will he be able to find his sister? Pick up this book to find out.

The world-building is incredible! It was well constructed and furnished. Last middle-grade book that I read that can muster a rivalry is The Percy Jackson series. Yep, this book blew me away. I love how Stefan made a world that is supposed to be a fairytale, darker and richer.  I always commented books that can be turn into a comic because on how the author describes the scenes and characters wonderfully.  Stefan made a world that is original, colorful yet dark at the same time. Steampunk, murder mystery and gothic fantasy gave this book extra edge.

The character-building is remarkable. The fact that the story was written in different perspectives made the characters more connectable and believable. I felt Bartie’s every emotion from this book. He longs to belong and the way he sees things made him mature for his age.  Bartie became my instant favorite among the cool bunch. Arthur Jelliby! The unlikely hero is my second favorite. Why? What a peculiar name! His name is really stuck in my head now haha. There is something about him that you won’t easily forget. Though, there were times when I find him boring at first but that trait had actually caught my curiosity too. There are more characters that made an impression on me. I shall leave them all to you.  Just don’t forget to buy a copy.

There was no romance. You know.. the boy-girl relationship? None. But you will feel the love between siblings, a story where you will do anything for your family. It was touching.

Over all, this book is awe-inspiring!  I was satisfied with the ending! Haha I have a feeling that The Peculiar will be a series- yay- I need another book from Stefan. I recommend this book to steampunk and fantasy lovers.

I give this book , 4.5 peculiar whales


  1. Amazing review! It definitely makes me want to read this book! Sounds really great and the cover is simply stunning! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  2. Sounds like a great book!


  3. Brilliant review! I've heard good things about this book so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. Impressive world-building is hard to come by these days for me - I will need to pick this up!

  4. I've always been one for supernatural genre since, well, Harry Potter. I like adventures too so this might be for me!

  5. Yes, I adored the world-building! It was perfectly created :) The characters were so likable and isn't it great that this book isn't about a romance? Just about love between family :D Awesome review!


  6. Yeah! I'm excited and read something new by a new author!

  7. Anonymous10:23 PM

    So glad you enjoyed this! I adored it too. Arthur Jelliby was my favorite character because he was such a bumbling, adorable atypical hero. I also loved Bartie—I agree, I felt every emotion so thoroughly. Stefan did a wonderful job with characterization. Awesome review! :-)

  8. The worldbuilding IS the most important part in fey books and I'm glad to hear it's so incredible in this one. The characters sound wonderful as well, and I have a feeling this is one I don't want to miss.
    Thanks for the lovely review.


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