Review: The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano


Lionel is a wild boy, who doesn’t much like to be around other people. He’d rather be a purring cat or a wolf stalking the woods.

Marybeth is a nice girl. She doesn’t need to be told to comb her hair or brush her teeth, and she’s kind to everyone at the orphanage . . . Lionel most of all.

Different though they are, Lionel and Marybeth are best friends in a world that has forgotten about them. So when a mysterious blue spirit possesses Marybeth—and starts to take control—they know they must stop it before the real Marybeth fades away forever.


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This book was stunning, such a deep, thought-provoking read for middle grade, an absolute must. The main tone of the story is adventurous and mysterious. Why is a blue spirit possessing Marybeth, why is Lionel such a wild child, and what is drawing these two together. But with each turn of the page, your heart breaks a little more. You realize the spirit needs help, and Marybeth and Lionel are the only ones for the job. You hear Lionel’s true story and it makes my heart ache. Finally, I take solace in the fact that Marybeth and Lionel have each other and that nothing will break this bond.

So I guess while adventures are had, the real tale is the friendship and bond shared between Marybeth and Lionel. The compassion, protective instinct, and bond they have is strong enough to endure all the challenges that life throws at them. I was captivated and didn’t want to put it down, simply a good book.


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