Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | Book Review

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: June 7th, 2011

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. – From Goodreads


My Rating:

4 and a half stars

This book was not what I imagined it to be at all, it wasn’t a horror read. It just had an eerie feel to it. The plot was unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

I know that a lot of people feel like the photographs are forced. I can see where they’re coming from, but for me, the photographs just made the book alive which made me love the story and the book a lot more. It’s hard to believe the fact that they’re untempered, real, vintage pictures. It makes me wonder how the actual pictures were taken, and what the story of the people in them is. My favorite one is the department store Santa, it gave me serious chills. When I first came across it, I was reading alone in a corner in my room and got so scared that I went out to the living room to read next to my mom, haha.  The writing style is nothing special, but it does paint a nice picture. I loved reading about the pictures and imagining them in my head, then flipping the page and seeing the actual photograph.

I loved all characters, and the pictures just made them come to life. Their powers are soooo cool! I want to live with them for a week, just to see what it’s like. There was a lot of character development in this book, especially on Jacob and Emma’s part. I will have to say that I’m not very comfortable with the idea of Jacob and Emma, for obvious reasons to people who read the book. There was also minor character development for some of the side characters.

Overall, it was a fantastic read, you should pick this book up if you’re in the mood for something different and a tad creepy.

 

 

Book Blogger Hop| 24/11

Book Blogger Hop

 

This week’s question:

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

 

My answer:

I’m a new blogger myself, so I don’t really have advice. However, I have read a blog post created by Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole, it helped me out big time and I’m sure it will help many others. Check out her post here. Also, check out her entire blog because she’s awesome.

 

November Book Haul

After my three month book-buying ban, I finally went to the book store and indulged in books, haha. I am really proud of myself because I told myself that I will buy no more than 6 books, and I managed to stick to my goal!

Almost all books in this haul are sequels. Also, I have this thing where I have to have the sequel even if I still didn’t read the book. I know, I’m weird.

 

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∴♦ City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I had a mini freakout when I saw this beautiful monster on the shelves, because whenever I go to the bookstore there are always no copies available. I can’t wait to read it, I might have to reread City of Lost Souls first though.

∴♦ The One by Kiera Cass 

I have the ebook version of this book, and I needed the last book to complete my beautiful collection. I read the book, it was okay. It had some flaws, but overall I still enjoyed it.

∴♦ Days of blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

This the sequel to Daughter of  Smoke & Bone. I still haven’t read the first book, but what if I read it and I like it and I don’t find the second book!

∴♦ The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes

This is similar to Wreck This Journal, which I own. I really enjoy Alfie’s videos, so I wanted to support him by buying his book.

∴♦ Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Another sequel to a book that I have yet to read. I swear I have a problem, haha. Like the first book, the cover is amazing *.*

∴♦ The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

This is the sequel to The 5th Wave, which I’m currently reading. So far, I’m enjoying it.

Book Blogger Hop| 16/11

Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question:

As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?

My answer:

I am a fairly new blogger, I still don’t know where this blog is really going. When I want to read a book, I’ll read it. There are no books that I would read and refuse to review on my blog.

Book Blogger Hop| 9/11

Book Blogger Hop

 

This week’s question:

Should book bloggers be doing more to support bookshops rather than just give links to Amazon or B&N as a place to buy the printed version of books they read?

 

My answer:

I think there’s nothing more book bloggers can do really. The book blogging community is very diverse, everyone lives in a different place in the world. It’s not like they can provide a link to your local book store.

 

Alienated by Melissa Landers | Book Review

Title: Alienated

Author: Melissa Landers

Release Date: January 1st, 2014

Synopsis:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet. – From Goodreads


My Rating:

4 and a half stars

I am pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up enjoying this book. It has all elements that, in my humble opinion, make a good book; well-developed characters, a great plot, sizzling romance, some action, and a bit of suspense.

It was really interesting to read about these ‘aliens’ that are further down the evolutionary line than we are, they have no belly buttons and only four toes, haha. They like everything bland and colourless, since their planet is pretty grey. It’s shown on the cover, which I am in love with. Even though the cover has people, but Cara and Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) are exactly as I imagined them so it’s all good.

I related to Cara so much. It’s nice to have such a relatable character, she did get a bit annoying though when she makes stupid decisions.

 

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition! | 2/11

Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question:

Halloween Edition: You can go trick or treating with any fictional character (book or film). Who would you go with?

 

My answer:

For a book character, I really want to go trick or treating with Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa MeyerShe’s just so badass and awesome, I feel like we would be good friends.

As for film characters, I’m definitely going trick or treating with Schmidt and Jenko from 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump StreetBecause hello? Channing Tatum! Also, they’re hilarious and I just want to spend some time with them both.

Who would you go trick or treating with? 😊

Booking Through Thursday | 30/10

“What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?”

As I said many times before; I do not read many scary books. The scariest book I’ve ever read (at the time) was  The First Horror by R.L. Stine. It’s meant for kids, and I read it when I first got into reading. I remember it was the first ever book I finished in one sitting, I was proud of myself. It was also the first book I read that has an awful ending. After I finished it, I thought: Never again!

What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition! | 26/10

Book Blogger Hop

This week’s question:

You accidentally unleashed ghouls from a novel and they are now running amok. What fictional hero (book or film) would you like to help you defeat the ghouls?

 

My answer:

William Herondale from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Claire. Aka, my husband now and forever. I didn’t even need to think twice about this one. He will always be my number one choice, he’s brave he slays demons, and he could definitely teach boys a thing or two about manners. Not to mention that he’s total eye candy😉. *sigh* Why can’t he be real?

Which hero do you want to help you? 😊

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Book Review

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Release Date: May 13th, 2014

Synopsis:

  A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

  We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. – From Goodreads


My Rating:

5 star rating

I read this book with my book buddy, Leenah. We both LOVED it so much, it was fantastic! The writing style is really powerful, a lot of people had an issue with it but I actually found it captivating, especially the author’s clever use of metaphors.

I know that the description is really vague, but you just have to go into the story without knowing anything about it. If you think that this interests you then go read it and come back and we’ll discuss it together! If you’re not satisfied and still need a bit more information, then I will give you my own synopsis.

We Were Liars is about a girl from a really rich and pristine family. Every year this family spends their summer on a private island, and there the ‘Liars’ become the best of friends. Mysteries unfold as you read along and it’s really interesting. That’s all I’m gonna give you about this book, you should really go read it, come back, and we’ll discuss it together!

If you have read We Were Liars then click Continue Reading ! *WARNING: Contains TONS of spoilers*

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