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Pikey's stolen eye remains in the Old Country where dear Hettie finds and so he can occasionally get a glimpse of her, which connects two distinct worlds so disparate that even their times aren't synchronized and also makes him invaluable to Bartholomew, which follows Years have passed since he managed to saved the world but lost his sister, and now he's a teenager. He's still adhering to the vow he made at the end of The Peculiar and seeking ways into the Old Country to bring back Hettie; he's left his mother and has been adopted by Mr Jelliby for the funds and support and gates he opens to assist in Barthy's quest.

We don't have his perspective until a very short piece during the climax of the story, however, his feels and the person he's become aren't difficult to get a hold of. Hettie Kettle OH this lovely girl, how she grows! She is pathetic at times, she grows bolder, she is dismayed and she is courageous, and at one point, she wishes for the old days when she had been abducted and was different and, at the very least, special enough to be abducted, as opposed to the current time when she's scorned and petted and kept on a leash.

Her intractable belief that Barthy will come back, that he'll save her one day keeps her going even whilst she's incarcerated in an absurd and frenzied faery house, circumventing pity piskies and the Belusites.

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And I have this quote I have been waiting to use, although I've forgotten where I got some help : We hope, dream, regret, yearn, and engage in all sorts of behavior good and bad that reveals the inner workings of our spirits. Nothing more than that should be needed to qualify as alive. There is darkness to Bachman's story, belied by his clean prose and unhealthily fun cover I have major peeves. Not only for his characters and putting aside their emotional egressions, this tale has a miscible alchemy of the erratic and fiendish nature of ours, and the unapparent things we take for granted.

Or so it appears to me. In the plot section, the Whatnot follows the formula set in the previous installment.

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There's unrelated mishaps in the beginning leading to future events, which involve seeking missing sister and saving the world. While The Peculiar set about introducing and acclimating us with the steampunk, alternate London of 's, the second book takes us deep into the heart of the original faery realm, their ways of the old and the changed ones, rendering the traditional image of faeries and their violent, implausible and extremely fickle personalities, while still not creating entirely immovable, emotionless creatures as faeries have been depicted elsewhere.

Bachman's debut novel didn't give him an indelible place in tbr list, but The Whatnot managed that and more. Bubbles of gratitude to Harpercollins for giving me a free review copy. Because they're hollow and pretty so my thanks will be conserved even while I appear very magnanimous in the stead of a miser. Okay, I need this book. I'm in it.

Like seriously. You found me.

I'll feel shit ass bad if all the reviews come back as "wtf was that "Ash-Yandere-Ley" thing?! Was Stefan trying to be cool or something?! This was forced upon his poor lil' soul. Sorry Stefan in advance if anything bad happens because of me; I love you. View 1 comment. Dec 29, Bailey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , physical-books-i-own.

A tower of ash and a tower of stone. Who's at the top of them, who's in the dark? Who climbs the stairs without leaving a mark? He created an extremely intriguing and fantastical world that kept me glued to my seat for days. Not only did I get to fall in love with his old characters again from the first book in The Peculiar series, but I also had the opportunity to fall "A tower of blood," she sang to a wavering, sliding tune.

Not only did I get to fall in love with his old characters again from the first book in The Peculiar series, but I also had the opportunity to fall in love and became attached to new ones. By introducing fresh people, he brought together an even greater story. However, I did wish that I could have heard from Mr. Jelliby a tad bit more. Full of magic, fantasy, and a great plot, this book created a fabulous experience that included what it means to hope and persevere for what you love and believe in.

I was extremely pleased with this installment and have decided that I enjoyed it just the same, if not more, than the first book, "The Peculiar". The ending was quite satisfying with, what I considered to be, a happy and content closing. I love this series so much that I wish another book would be written!

The Story's Plot: Years after Bartholomew's sister, Hettie, became stuck in the Old Country, a quick trip to a prison on his never ending journey to find her reveals a young street boy named Pikey who claims to have seen his missing sister.

Touched with his faery eye, Pikey has glimpsed this changeling girl but for only short periods of time. Desperate to escape his miserable cell, he tells Bartholomew that he can see her again.

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This promise gets him a chance at freedom, that is if he can still tell Bartholomew about his visions with his branch haired sister. The only problem is that he cannot necessarily see her when he wants to. It's sudden and unexpected. However, this does not stop Pikey from telling him that he can do as he's asked. Hettie, while being stuck in the Old Country, is continually trying to survive in a strange and horrid land.

Suddenly and against her will, Hettie is taken in by the persistent Piscaltine, a strange woman who claims she just wants a friend. Hettie goes on an incredible journey to try to find her inner strength and beauty, even though she is surrounded by faeries who call her ugly, stupid, and useless. Consistently switching between Hettie's side of the story and Pikey and Bartholomew's, we get an equal part of adventure and suspense between all the characters.

The two boys try so hard to find a door into the Old Country between the lies and and deceit, troubles and worries, and Hettie attempts to believe in her brother who promised to rescue her, and she hopes to find a way out of the Old Country.


I strongly advise anyone who read the first book to finish the series. You will not be disappointed! Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. I enjoyed The Peculiar by Stephen Bachmann when it came out last year my review. MG Steampunk is such a rare thing and the world building in this one is so well done. I was eager to read the sequel, The Whatnot, and excited when I received an e-galley.

The world building is again the greatest strength of this novel. Bachmann has created two vivid and separate worlds. In The Peculiar we were concerned mostly with the alternate England. Th Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. This story flashes between that world and the Old Country, the world of the faerie. In England war has begun between mortals and faerie. Peculiars and fae alike are being rounded up and put in prison. Very few places are safe. In the Old Country the King is working on a plan to take over England and use it for his own purposes.

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Bachmann built up the King quite a lot. He is whispered of by the faeries in England, who fear him. He is whispered about by the faeries in the Old Country, who fear him. While he is most definitely a to-be-feared-villain, he was a little too predictable to make me worry over him so much.

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Still, the creatures he controls are frightening. I also enjoy the picture Bachmann paints of the Sidhe. He makes them so perfectly ruthless, uncaring, unpredictable, and changeable.