Friday, January 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: The Peculiar by Stefan Bacchmann

Hi guys! I'm incredibly excited to be a part of The Peculiar blog tour today,organized by Christine at HarperCollins International.Along with my review,you can also enter for a chance to win your very own copy of the book,or a Skype chat with the author himself!Enjoy! :)

The Peculiar (The Peculiar, #1)The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann 
Publication date: September 1st 2012 by Greenwillow Books 
Blurb:  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.

Purchase links: (Bangladesh Only)

Omni Books:
Genetic Plaza
Floor -3, House -16
Road no. 27 (16 New)
Dhaka -1205

Tel: (880)-2-812-6433, (880)-2-812-1472
Fax: (880)-2-912-0915

PBS Ltd, 43 Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sarak,
(Old 16 Shantinagar), 1217 Dhaka, Bangladesh

My Review:    

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a copy of this book from Christine at HarperCollins Intl. in exchange for an honest review**
The Peculiar starts off slow,which is probably why it took me a while to get interested in the story.But once the story had my full attention, I enjoyed every minute of it.The main reason why I picked this book up was because I had been reading way too much YA recently and needed a change in genre and The Peculiar turned out to be the perfect choice.It reminded me how fun children's fantasy books are,that is the fairy tale sort of fantasy.Fey are also a sort of fascination of mine,so it made me like the book even more.

The story also has a rich vocabulary,along with admirable characters.I think my favourite was Mr.Lickerish,because what good is a story without a good villain? 
Then there was also The Lady In Plum,who reminded me of Voldermort from Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone.(You'll understand my theory once you read the book. ;) )

A must read for all fantasy and fairy tale lovers,The Peculiar is a promising start to a new series.Will definitely be on the lookout for the sequel! 
You will definitely like The Peculiar if you're into the following books:
1) Storybound by Marissa Burt
2)How To Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Crowell
3)The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

(Recommendations taken from my twelve year old brother,who has the largest collection of middle-grade books in the house. :P)


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  1. Well, this book definitely stands out. Who doesn't want a change of genre once in a while? And what's better that a children's steam-punk fantasy? So unique and enchanting!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Your reader,

  2. I love the cover and the book sounds really interesting.

  3. You recently recommended this to me on Goodreads. That sparked my interest to look it up on GR, and I like how it sounds. It also has an interesting cover as well.

  4. I've had my eye on this book for a while. It just sounds so.. peculiar? :P It sounds like a very different, interesting read and I think I'd really enjoy it!


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