Saturday, August 15, 2009

[Review] - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

Title: The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Series: Strangely Beautiful
Genre: Historical Romance/Paranormal
Year: 2009 (August 25th)

I received this book for review from the author.

Summary: 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.

Thoughts: The Guard protects the mortals of London from the supernatural. A prophecy states that a seventh will join them in their battle and that she will bring balance.

I really enjoyed Miss Percy Parker. She is a lovable and endearing character, very unique. I found it easy to relate to her. Percy looks different from all her peers, which makes her shy and not very confident. Most of the time she tries to hide herself, that is until she encounters Professor Rychman.

While the title might seem a bit long for some, I absolutely love it. Strangely Beautiful describes Percy Parker perfectly.

A hauntingly good tale, beautifully written. Leanna Renee Hieber has created a dark and magical London. Full of the unexpected. I found both the characters and world compelling. I'm looking forward to what book two will bring.

Score: 4 Stars

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Other titles by Leanna Renee Hieber:
Dark Nest


  1. I'm little over half through. I wish I had time to sit and read it all in one sitting. I really really like this book! I love Percy Parker and Alexi Rychman, both very compelling characters and very fine world with all the ghosties and paranormal happenings :D.

  2. Anna,

    I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :) Great review!


  3. AmyC...
    Glad to hear your enjoying it. I really like Percy and Alexi. I wonder what book two is gonna be about. Hmm... :)

    Thanks Michelle!

  4. I just started this last night..quite enjoyable so far. Nice review!!

  5. Thanks SO much Anna! I'm so thrilled! I've linked to your review on my sites. And, to satisfy curiosity, Book II picks up exactly where book one leaves off. Finding the Seventh is only the first step. Next up? All-out spectral war on the grounds of Athens. :) Blessings!!

  6. Sounds like a cool book :)
    There is just something about it, can't put my finger on it. Just what I would like right now

  7. Your Welcome Leanna! It was a joy to read about these characters. Oooh thanks for the sneak peak! I'm looking forward to reading book two. :)

  8. I'm finding more time than I though. I have about 100 pages left. This is just the kind of book I love.

    Blodeuedd, I think this is something you will love!! It's very sweet the relationship between Alexi and Percy. And well, strangely beautiful. (I just love that catch phrase!)

  9. Sorry ladies, I have claimed Alexi for myself. You may drool, but no touching.
    Carry on...

  10. LOL! Really now. Not even a little touching??


  11. Maybe his robe. No touching the cravat! That piece of fabric is mine. I have something special in store for it.

  12. LMAO....

    I was think more long the lines of his ass. But you know that robe covers everything. My hand could slip.

    oops. :D

  13. Oh Anna, you went there. I have to respect that.
    Watch as my hand slips down the front...

  14. *watches* ooh the front. LOL!

  15. LOL goodness, ladies. Leave some of him for me. (Well, and Percy of course) *grin* Oh, yeah, and did I mention that in Book II there will be sex? *bigger grin* Just thought I'd toss that out there.

  16. I'm not a big fan of historicals, but I'll keep this one in mind. Thanks. =)

  17. Just wanted to say hi and let you know I've given you Bingo's Beautiful Blog Award.

  18. Aww Leanna, you big tease.

    LOL! Can't wait to read it.

  19. Thanks Alaine, I'll check it out. :)

  20. I just started reading this Friday, plans to shoo off the family today and finish it. I'm really enjoying what I have read so far, very entertaining.

  21. Thanks great Donna, glad your enjoying it. :)

  22. This looks like a good read! I'll have to add it to my ever-growing reading list ; )

    You might also really like a book called 'Knickles and Dimes'. It has hilarious characters and a really great story. I'd recommend it!

    Thanks for the review! : )

  23. I just read AmyC's review of this book and now yours Anna! This one sounds excellent, with both of you recommending so highly it is definitely going on my list.

    Thanks for the review!


  24. I've been thinking of picking this book up, sounds interesting and fun. Sounds very enjoyable. Don't know what I'm waiting for, I'll have to pick it up.

    Dottie :)



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