Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

5 out of 5 Robots!
My Review:
Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber is full of rich writing that will grip onto your imagination and throw you into a story so fast that you will think you're in the late 1800s. I never wanted to put this book down when I was reading, I just wanted more. More ghosts, more Percy, more Alexi! I am so in love with this plot, atmosphere - Talk about being smitten with steampunk.

It all begins with the destiny of six children. The six are now The Guard, a specially formed team with extraordinary gifts. Fast forward some years and we get to see these six get their hands dirty. They police troublesome spirits and perform exorcisms while looking for their seventh. The seventh is their balance, the one that will help aid them and they will need her aid desperately. 

Alexi Rychman, the Guard's leader, has been searching to fulfill the prophecy since the fateful day a goddess gave them their destiny. Though the others don't believe so, he knows the seventh will not only be their balance, but the love of his life. He is looking for signs every where and can't find a definite answer... It gets tricky when the enemy throws out their best weapon, a false prophet. A beautiful woman who shines all signs except for one. Will he pick the wrong girl to fulfill prophecy and watch all that the Guard has accomplished spiral out of control?

Miss Percy Parker, a beautiful, young, ghostly white girl finds herself thrown into the path of the guard. I loved the visuals Leanna gives for Percy- so white that she is sometimes mistaken for a ghost. So insecure of her pale flesh that she ensures that it is always kept hidden. She can see and communicate with ghosts, speaking to them in any language. Not only that, but Alexi is drawn to this enthralling woman that beholds the name of his goddess. Is Percy the distraction the enemy has set at the forefront to destroy the Guards chance to settle the final score? After all, we can't see that final sign... the door to the other side. 

This story is so wonderfully told, the details are beautiful. I was enamored with the story... such an enjoyable Victorian romance with action, mystery and a captivating cast of characters. I was on pins and needles with the Guard, I wanted to yell through the pages, 'You're making the wrong decision! NO!' I love when I get into books like that. I have done the book an injustice with my review, I highly suggest everyone that is into romance or steampunk pick up this book! And while you're at it... go head and get the second one too. The second in the series comes out next week- April 27th! Yay!

Book Details:
Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (August 20, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843962968
ISBN-13: 978-0843962963


  1. I loved this book too! I wanted to yell at the Guard when they started to get tricked by the false prophet.. the end definitely had me on pins and needles about what was going to happen!

  2. So glad you guys loved this book. I just got it on my Kindle to read and am really excited to read it :-)

  3. This sounds really good. It's been on my wishlist a while, but I haven't picked it up yet. Your review has me really excited for it!

  4. I've read great things about this book! Glad you enjoyed it. Can't wait to check it out myself.

  5. Wow! This really sounds interesting. :) It just went to my list of things to order.

  6. Great review! I like it when I yell at the pages too :)

    She writes just great characters..and I see you are reading the second..I like that one even more :)

  7. This one sounds good! It's going on my TBR for sure! Thanks for the great review!

  8. Great review Jules. Hopefully I will read this book one day. You know why. hehe :D

  9. I am so glad that all of you either loved this book or are going to give it a go! Hehe

  10. I've had book 2 for over a month now. I even got a copy of it in manuscript form but have I read it? No. :(

    I really wanted to and I started it but it just didn't grab my interest. I WILL pick it up again soon though! I really enjoyed the first book.

  11. Jess, as much as I loved the first book- the second one didn't do as much for me as the 1st. I got it in manuscript form too (I was so excited!) I finally finished it last week... I'm slacking on posting reviews!



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