( Kindle ePUB ) The Peculiar BY Stefan Bachmann
T a very sympathetic character He is inclined to help whom he perceives as a peer Melusine than he is to help a child Bartholomew He never seems to warm p to Bartholomew simply calling him boy even
after he has learned his name All this child wants is a friend he spends a great he has learned his name All this child wants is a friend he spends a great of time thinking about it and most of his actions are driven by this desire It seems cruel of the author to offer Her Brooding Italian Surgeon up Jelliby as this friend Attaching the term changeling to these half blood children was very misleading Traditionally a changeling is a fae child in the place of a human child and vice versa I wasnder the mistaken impression from the jacket that Bartholomew was a human changeling living with the fae because of the authors The Venetians Mistress usage of the term changeling to mean half blooded faery It seemed strange to me that people were so afraid of these changeling children If they are so feared why allow human and fae to mix at all It seems to me that if the children are feared why the lack ofproar about humans and fae mixing It is never mentioned that the mixed couples are shunned only the childrenThe plot of this book didn t really pick Two Steps Forward upntil the end and then it stops abruptly clearly setting The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, up for a seuel I was winding down for the finish when I realized there wasn t enough to wrap itp This wasn t advertised as a series so I was a little surprised While this novel has its faults its not a bad read The writing is very assured and the story is imaginative If you enjoy the genre you will probably enjoy it Where it is lacking is in the characters
found it very hard connect with any of them If it happened at all it was toward the end but by then I was already disengaged and simply following alongA copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through Firstreads The author was only 16 when he started writing this but you really wouldn t know The Ranchers Surprise Marriage unless someone told you Some beautiful metaphors and passages throughout just very well written Reminded me of the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Strout in setting the rainy and foggy portrayal of London lots of scenes taking place at night many magical beings around VERY UPSET when I finished I read it on my Nook so I wasn t sure how close I was to the end which can be a perk or a problem depending on the book and when I turned that last page and saw the author s bio page instead of story a lot of expletives came out of my mouth Good for him for writing something that made me so mad that I couldn t keep going But I still think he s a jerk for it I kind of loved this book For reasons that are completely my own and probably because I study books and analyze them and read into them far than just the story However before I get into those reasons let s discuss the book itself The cover is gorgeous It s bright and interesting and sure to catch the eyes of the intended audience And even though it does not say so in the cover or elsewhere in the synopsis I don t think the book has steampunk elements that I like very muchThe beginning is slow and at first I wondered if I should givep but for some reason I decided that I must persist and so I did Bart and his sister have a sad life having to live hidden as they do becauseI Found It Very Hard
being peculiars their lives are forfeit if theyPeculiars their lives are forfeit if they caught Their mother was fooled by a high fairy who loved her abused her dude s 18 and he writes like a freakin 1800 s poetBuy this book Hello everyone it s me Magic With a capital M that is You know the concept When you say It s magic then you re referring to meBeing the concept of magic in today s world is pretty tough Back in the old days I was The Ancient Central Andes uite strong but today Thanks to Youtube vidoes of little kittens doing whatever little kittens do the concept of cuteness is bigger than me Cuteness Wesed to laugh at that concept In t Bachmann you rock dudeMy love and fondness for middle grade novel brought my interest in The Peculiar and truth to be spoken I was left absolutely and tterly mesmerized by this gripping and enchanting gothic mystery If. Omew 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 noticedFirst he's noticed by the lady in plum herself then by something darkly magical and mysterious by Jack Box Thank God that s over The
guy can write He really can But I fell asleep several times while reading this Ican write He really can But I fell asleep several times while reading this I a shower with it playing and was thinking I may even fall asleep in there listening to it I didn tPros Terrific cover Audio is very well done He writes like a British author a high compliment coming from me He seems to know England well and he was 16 when he started writing this yet he was born in Colorado and now lives in Switzerland He writes in some respects like an old soul Sounds good right No no a thousand times no Cons I couldn t have cared less about the characters any of them And some were kids in fear of their lives I still didn t care They were all flat The story glimmered at times It could ve been so much better There were hints of whimsy and magic that gave me hope time after time and then it was as though someone took the flame and buried it in a wellalong with my enthusiasm for the story my will to care about it at all and my will to keep from drifting into nconsciousness Now that I m finished I feel like you do when you dive way down in a pool to retrieve something from the bottom and race back Christmas With A Hero up to the top seeing the sunshine and breathing air again I really didn t care for this book for several reasons I think the biggest problem for me was that none of the characters were really engaging to meI didn t care for any of them they were not terribly well developed in my opinion and I just didn t much care what happened to any of them This book takes place in a world where Fairies have come to England and or less gotten trapped there The fairies arrival resulted in a mass destruction of Bath in England so the fairies so you are immediately Originally posted Book Whales 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 tsually 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 addictedThe 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 Changelingshalf 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 To begin with this novel was well written but not very engaging There is a lot of ambitious world building but at times it feels cobbled together The language while very descriptive failed to create much of an atmosphere A lot of time is spent describing things instead of letting the reader se their imagination The world is described very thoroughly while the characters are left with few personality traits and no features Also time could have been spent setting the stage in the beginning and explaining the state the world was in after the Smiling War Humans and fae are at war and then we jump to see the fae holding government office without *any clear idea of the passage of time How did it go from enemies to euals so fast And *clear idea of the passage of time How did it go from enemies to euals so fast And the fae are so integrated why such a strong prejudice against changelings Because when the two groups mix this is bound to happenIt seems like a strange choice for a children sya book to spend so much time following a grown man Why make the lead character so doltish and ineffectual Why choose the person least likely to act someone drawn in by chance and so reluctant to help A hero shouldn t be the one who whines why not someone else This makes it hard to believe his later heroic behavior I spent a large part of this book picturing Jelliby as a middle aged man because of the way he speaks and acts and was surprised later when he is described as young and handsome Wouldn t it have been better to make this clear in the beginning instead of making it seem as though he was just a narrative device to reveal to the reader the behavior of Mr Lickerish For the main protagonist he isn. Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hangedIn 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 themOne day a mysterious lady in a plum colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley Barthol. .
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You have very sweet idea of faery folks being beautiful and charming then let me warn you they are charming indeed but a very haunting way Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie are changelings known as Peculiars and hated by both humans and Faes When a mysterious lady whisked away a boy Bartholomew broke the rule he got noticed by the dangerous lady in plum coloured dress and by many that included risking his life In this turmoil Bartholomew made an nlikely alley young Arthur JellibyPart steampunk part gothic part feary magic and part mystery the peculiar is one of best actually in my opinion it s the best MG book of 2012 I have come across The writing was magnificent and classic very simple yet so nlikely The novel itself nfolds the dark monstrous secret that lies beneath mysteries tangled in magic and murder In this alternative Great Britain each of the characters of The Peculiar was chosen and crafted very carefully and skilfully especially Bartholomew who was very wise and courageous nlike the other boys at his age I m also very much influenced by Jelliby and Hattie I would like to see of little Hattie in next installmentAt this very young age author Stefan Bachmann has wrote something that is beyond brilliancy
his creativity is truly In this dark and ethereal world Bachmann introduced I was immersed into this stupendously magnificent book and caught between the conflicts between of humans and fae alike Sometime I felt chills in my blood as the book became gruesomely murderous and I finished it fast only to solve the puzzle However by the end I found myself desperate for the next book The WhatnotSo dear Mr Bachmann would you please hurry and satisfy our thrust for the seuel I have wanted to read this book for some time I ended p picking it p *Off Of The Dollar *of the dollar at one of my son s book fairs at school It ended p being a wonderful steampunk middle grade novel with magic and mysteryThis book takes place in an alternate London where fae nwillingly fell into our world The story follows two characters the first is Bartholomew Kettle who lives with his mother and sister in the faery slums of Bath Bartholomew is a Peculiar half fae and half human When he sees a strange woman in a rich plum dress he is determined to find out the mystery behind her The other character isAnd His Creativity Is Truly
Arthur Jellyby who is on the London council Arthur just wants to coast through lifeJellyby who is on the London council Arthur just wants to coast through life and nbothered however he ends p drawn into a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Peculiars that puts him in contact with BartholomewI loved the lush and descriptive writing This book is all about the moody atmospheric setting the descriptive writing makes all of the scenes really come alive so that you feel like you are walking the streets of this strange and peculiar LondonThere is some excellent world building here and I really loved the idea of a London where faery had nwillingly taken residence It s a very creative idea and very well done I love that you never know what kind of fae you will see next wandering the streets of this bookThis is one of the first middle grade steampunk books I have ever read and it was well done There are a lot of fun steampunk elements in hereProbably my biggest issue with the story was that I had a bit of trouble engaging with the characters I just am not all that sympathetic to the characters and their plight they come off as a bit dry I also thought the story ended very abruptly I didn t realize that this was part of a series but even knowing that now the ending to this book just seems very Aquinass Way to God unfinishedwhich is a shameOverall this was a well done middle grade steampunk novel I enjoyed the world building and the wonderfully descriptive writing I did have some trouble engaging with the characters though I would recommend to middle grade and older readers who love mysteries with some fantasy in them especially to those who are interested in the steampunk genre I personally am not sure if I will continue reading the serie. Nd the Raggedy Man by the powerful Mr Lickerish and by Arthur Jelliby a young man trying to slip through the worldnnoticed too and who against all odds offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belongPart murder mystery part gothic fantasy part steampunk adventure The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting inventive and Bijoux en origami unforgettable debut nov.