Review of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

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Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

Those are the words to live by for changelings like Bartholomew Kettle and his sister, Hettie. But when a mysterious woman in a plum-colored dress comes through Old Crow Alley, Bortholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Arthur Jelliby unwillingly becomes entangled in a mystery involving the murders of several half-faery children and honor-bound to try and save the next target.

Arthur Jelliby was a very nice young man, which was perhaps the reason why he had never made much of a politician.

The Peculiar is a steampunk fairytale set in London after a war between humans and the fae. The writing is both beautiful and classic, with striking descriptions, action-packed sequences, and a whole lot of suspense. Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby serve as dual heroes, unraveling the mystery from opposite ends and providing new insights to what the reader has already uncovered.

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In a pinch Bartholomew might still pass as a human child, but not Hettie. There was no mistaking the faery blood in her veins. For where Bartholomew had a mess of chestnut hair growing out of his scalp, Hettie had the smooth, bare branches of a young tree.

When I began this story, I was expecting a mystery, but ended up with more of a thriller that kept a steady and growing tension; making it very difficult to use a bookmark. The Peculiar does have some elements and characters that are a bit dark compared to standard mainstream stereotypes of the middle grade genre. If you like a dash of creepy without getting too graphic or violent, The Peculiar is going to be perfect for you.

⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢  FIVE STARS
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