Saturday, January 2, 2010
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (A Review)
THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF
MISS PERCY PARKER
By Leanna Renee Hieber
ISBN 10: 08439-6296-8
ISBN 13: 978-08439-6296-3
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Publication Date: 8/25/09
Leisure Books/Dorchester Publishing
Gothic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
In The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker we are introduced to a new kind of heroine. Percy is not your atypical physical looks one would imagine a beauty would be. But that hasn’t stopped her from learning all she can to survive what sometimes can be a cruel world.
Percy enrolls in a new academy where she meets Marianna and the man that is destined to change her life forever.
Professor Alexi is losing hope that he will find the one woman destined to be his love. Alexi and his strange group of friends soon clues that the one they’ve been waiting many years for has arrived. They just have to find her before hell is released on earth.
Alexi has been the leader of their group since the age of 14. He has a hard time accepting that the ‘one’ they are looking for isn’t meant to be with him.
Things around London are getting more dangerous with each new night. There are more women being murder by unknown forces and it’s causing a rift between Alexi and his group.
The group meets a woman that seems to be the one they’ve been waiting for. Alexi doesn’t believe it. Especially with the more time he spends with his pupil Miss Percy. The ghosts that surround Percy agree with Alexi. There is just something special about Percy that is even beyond her physical appearance.
Percy is wonderful character. I enjoyed reading her thoughts about the world around her and of course for her semi unrequited love for her Professor Alexi.
Alexi is a strong willed character but doesn’t know his head from his … when it comes to Percy.
The angst alone between Alexi and Percy is even to make anyone teary eyed. But what loved most is that Percy seemed to finally come to her senses and put Alexi in his place.
Age is no factor when Percy shows her love just how old she can be when he is shown just who the boss is.
This is one original gothic paranormal fantasy romance that is filled with mystery, danger, suspense and pages full of love angst that will have many readers asking for more.
The downside of the book was the buildup of some scenes. I felt there should have been more to those scenes.
But on the plus side, I heard there will be sequel coming soon. I am happy to know that we will get to see more of Percy’s tale and maybe learn more of the war and danger that is coming.
I gave The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker a 4 Star rating.
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