The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee (The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1)


Original Title: The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

Year Published: Will be published on the 2nd of June, 2015

Published by: Angry Robot (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)

Number of Pages: 194

First Sentence: In the summer of 1887, my grandfather stole a clock.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.
John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.
Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

My thoughts:

This was not what I expected when I requested this book on NetGalley. I, for some reason, expected something more of a children’s book. It is not. Instead, it is a dark and wonderful fantasy story that mixes horror with steampunk and historical elements. I loved it, but there were times where I thought it twisted a little too much, hence the 4 rating.

You get tricked to think that the story will be all about Mirror and Goliath. This is not true. However, this is a good thing. We get to meet all characters and find out how they are connected to each other, and they all are. The switching of point of views also gave a lot more insight to the different characters, their backgrounds and what makes them tick.

If you don’t like violence than pick up another book. There is a lot of it and it is handled with a shrug and a smile. Since it is a horror story this is only fitting and in this case it adds to the story. Just be warned though.

I liked the writing and the formatting of this arc which ensured to put emphasis on certain phrases in a good way. This emphasis helped showcasing the madness of some of the characters and the conviction of others. Brilliant, if you ask me. The writing is good and the plot is even better. It keeps you on your toes and it is extremely difficult to predict what will happen next, which made this book so entertaining.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do. It is a good story although it is twisted. I really enjoyed it and hope that there will be a sequel.


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