The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
August 25, 2009
Percy Parker, quiet, timid, strange Percy Parker is accepted at Athens Academy to further her studies after spending her first eighteen years at a convent as an orphan when her mother died shortly after her birth. Normally at her age she would move on with her life, but Percy's looks and the oddities that surround her has held her back, as society shuns her, so too does she shun them. That is until she meets the mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman. The only man who has ever turned her insides upside down, and made her feel comfortable with her strange appearance, for Percy has pale-white skin, white hair and opal colored eyes. Often she's mistaken for a ghost due to her pale coloring.
Alexi Rychman is the leader of The Guard. Six men and women chosen 20 years ago to protect London from the supernatural forces that haunt it. Their Grand Work is to maintain the balance between this world and beyond. A prophecy was given them on that fateful night 20 years ago. A seventh would enter their group, completing them, allowing them to fight the Darkness that would seek to break the barriers between the two worlds. But they must be cautious, for impatience could prove to be their enemy if they do not heed the signs showing them who the true Prophecy is.
Oh my, I loved this book. I loved the characters, the sweet, thrilling romance between Alexi and Percy. The beautiful prose that sweep across every single page. Be prepared to be taken away to a London as you've not seen before, and characters so vivid they meld within your heart. Percy is one of the best heroines I've read in a long time. Her innocence and shyness were so refreshing. Yet underneath it all, there is still a strength inside Percy.
The plot unfolded at a pace that never felt slow or rushed and built the series arc to leave you hungry for the next book as the war that was prophesized looms. A unique and fascinating story arc it is too. It has a nice Gothic feel, and the Ghosts that wander here and there, and the spin on the Ripper! That was very cool. Not a major part of the story. The book focuses mainly on the Guard and Percy Parker, and the Prophecy, but I liked how that part of history was explained according to the rules of this world.
You know what one of the strangely beautiful things I loved about this book was? There were no sex scenes. But the longing that Alexi and Percy express and feel within themselves toward the other was just as good. It was potent and powerful and truly all that was needed in this strangely beautiful tale. With just the touch of a hand, or a smile, or the long gazes into one anothers eyes held so much power. For the two of them have always been so lonely those simple gestures felt like the earth moved.
I wonder what characters the next book is going to focus on? I'm thinking maybe Rebecca and Michael? Both are members of the Guard and there is something there, at least something within Michael that I would love to see explored! And Miss Rebecca could use some defrosting and warming up ;). Not that she's mean, just another lonely soul as was Alexi. As they all are, considering the lives they've lived for the past 20 years. The secrecy of who they are that they've had to maintain. This was most assuredly a fantastic book to start a new series! I sure hope that Miss Hieber gets all the praise she deserves for this book. Miss Percy Parker is truly a unique and strangely beautiful tale.
Without a doubt, a recommended read!!
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Book two in the Strangely Beautiful series is due to hit the shelves in May 2010!
Other books by Leanna Renee Hieber
(And you can believe this one will be on my e-reader soon!)
Winner of the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in published works of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance in the Novella Category.
Publication Date: April 2008 - Crescent Moon Press
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