From the back of the book:
What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Hidden in the dark heart of Victorian London, the Romanesque school was dreadfully imposing, a veritable fortress, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met its powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadows, of the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She saw simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gift. This arched stone doorway was a portal to a new life, to an education far from what could be had at a convent – and it was an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
I’m not sure if I can put into words how much I loved this book. I took me a while to actually start reading it, since I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. I wish I hadn’t waited. There is such a sense of setting in the writing. I could visualize Athens Academy and Percy herself. There is so much detail given to the descriptions. The story is also perfect. I was immediately drawn into this Gothic world where The Guard protects the mortals from ghosts and other creatures. The characters are more than friends, they are a family. Percy and Alexi are a great couple and their romance is the stuff of legends. My favorite part is their waltz – one of the most romantic things I’ve read in a while. There are a few loose ends left at the end of this book, so I recommend reading both THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER and THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER one right after the other.
Look for my review of the next Percy Parker book tomorrow.
the book girl gives THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER a 5/5!
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