Quick Thoughts: “The Peculiar”

“The Peculiar (The Peculiar #1)” by  Stefan Bachmann

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Free audiobook from SYNC

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Summary from Goodreads:

Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings–Peculiars–and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley–Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.


  • I had a really hard time getting into this book. One part of that might have been because I listened to the book over 5 months. That’s a long time to ‘read’ a book. My memory probably wasn’t the greatest about things in the story. On the other hand, I had a hard time wanting to listen to the book. I could go weeks without listening and be totally fine. There was nothing to grab my attention.
  • The story itself was okay. It took quite a while for the storylines to meet up which can be annoying.
  • I did find the bits about the fairy politics interesting. It was hard to follow but interesting. Yet another reason I should have read the book instead.
  • Not of the fan of the narration. The accents made it hard to focus. The voices the narrator gave the characters made it even more difficult to listen to.
  • I didn’t really care about any of the characters.
  • I felt cheated by the end. We go through all that and still didn’t save her?

The bottom line? Meh.

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