The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

One of the most fantastic elements of the "book world" is the sheer variety of books available, even when limiting to certain genres and subgenres. Within the paranormal romance field right now, there are so many options that the choice of what to read can be overwhelming.

After reading a few raving blog postings on various book blogs about
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber, I decided that I couldn't miss this particular paranormal romance.

Because taste is so personal, I don't feel bad to report that I didn't care for the book at all. I actually found the book rather cheesy. So far, I'm the only blogger I've come across to feel this way, though, so let me know what you think if you've read the book already or read the book in the future.

Think Victorian London (1867), and the foggy, mysterious, Gothic tone is set.

Enter Percy Parker, a rather intriguing young lady, one capable of speaking with ghosts, with a unique appearance--white hair, pale skin, etc. that leaves her with some self-esteem issues. When Percy becomes a student at Athens Academy, she meets the older, fascinating Professor Alexi Rychman, a member of a very special group called The Guard.

The Guard members, and Alexi in particular, are waiting for a certain special young woman to join their circle. Alexi suspects Percy is The One, while other members of The Guard think another woman is a more likely choice. If Alexi makes the wrong choice, the world as they know it is lost forever.

An excerpt from p. 286-7 [Marianna is Percy's friend]:

[Marianna] "What drove you into the storm, Percy? And why are there bandages on your skin?"

"Wounds of a shattered heart."

Marianna shuddered at the sounds of her friend's rattling lungs. "Shattered by whom?"

Percy set her lips.

Marianna shook her head. "You leave me to guess?"

"It does not matter," Percy murmured.

"Oh, no, of course not! You are bloodied, driven to madness, out in a maelstrom to catch your death, but of course it does not matter," Marianna replied. She leaned close. "If that professor of yours--"

Reacting as if stabbed, Percy clapped a hand over her mouth. "Please!"

"I see." Marianna gritted her teeth. "You would shelter and defend das Schwein to your very death."

Amen, Marianna; I'm with you on this one!

My overall personal rating of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is a C-.


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