Release Day BriefINK Review: ‘Peregrine Harker and the Black Death’ by Luke Hollands

Briefly: The story, which takes place in 1908 in London, centers around a 15-year-old boy reporter who is close to being fired. He’s given a last chance story, but our hero stumbles across something much bigger…and it is so unbelievable that he has to set out to prove the story is true.

Didja Like It?: I love books that take place during turn-of-(last)-century London, so it has that going for it. Mystery? Check. Damsel in distress? Check(ish). Evil liars? Yep. Only one person believes our hero? And how. Secret societies, death, explosions, squalor, assassins. Need I say more?

Anything Else to Mention?: I had to re-read some of the parts toward the end as they were crazy full of twists and turns, etc. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though; if I didn’t like it, I would have not cared.

To Read or Not To Read: Yes; it’s a fun book for those who like intrepid newspapermen and this time period.

Peregrine Harker and the Black Death by Luke Hollands was published June 3, 2013 by Sparkling Books, Ltd. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, Sparkling Books and Mr. Hollands.

Rating: 3

Genre: Middle Grades/Young Adult Fiction Historical Mystery Action/Adventure
Ages: 11 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

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