Monday, April 15, 2013

Peregrine Harker and the Black Death by Luke Hollands

Peregrine is a teen living on his own in London in 1908.  He has been lucky enough to have money to rent himself a room and he also works as a reporter.  Looking for a big break he is disappointed to be sent out to cover a story about the rising price of tea.  But he finds a huge mystery underneath as he begins to look deeper into the cost of tea.  Before long he is recruited to help a mysterious man and his beautiful, daring daughter.  But he also finds his life constantly in danger from those who would stop him in his investigation through any means necessary.  Although the book sounds exciting and does, in fact, have a great deal of action, I found it tedious to wade through the writing.  The narration came across as if it was trying hard to be charming, quirky and silly which wore on me before too long at all.  I was also put off by the death of one of the characters as it seemed a bit too tragic for a book that I think was trying to be more light-hearted fun.