The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears

The Peculiars is a steampunk adventure story that includes supernatural creatures. Lena sets on a quest to find her father, along the way running into an interesting ensemble of unique characters.
She also is on constant guard because of the unusual form of her hands. She keeps them covered at all times because of the societal scrutiny that comes with being Peculiar. Something that she is not sure that she is, and hoping that her father can answer for her.
During her travels she meets characters that get her caught up in a crazier and more mysterious venture than she initially set out to find. It leads to a constant unraveling to the plot and twisting of story that will always keep you guessing. The search for her father and the job she gets thrown into of being a spy have more in common than she originally thought. Peculiar or not, she is going to find the answers she needs, and meet both friends and enemies along the way.

If you are looking for something different to read, interested in steampunk and science fiction your going to want to check this one out.


  1. I really enjoyed the Peculiar too Krista! I agree with you if was definitely different kind of read! :) Thanks for the great review! :)


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