Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Information:
Title/Author: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (#1)
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: ✭✭✭✩✩

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

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.

Continuing my month of mysteries and thrillers, I decided to finally pick up Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book has been hyped by so many members of the book community and I am so happy that I gave it a try. Although it wasn’t my ideal read, I thought that it was a pretty good book and I cannot wait to see where Ransom Riggs takes the rest of the series!

What I liked…

Let’s start with the best part about this book: the pictures. It is obvious that the offer put a lot of time and effort into researching and finding old pictures that fit into the peculiar vibe of the novel. For the most part, there was always something odd about them, whether that was because a little girl was lifting a boulder or someone was levitating. They were always so much fun to look at and made the book fly by so much faster!

I also really enjoyed the time travelling aspect of this novel. We don’t really see time travelling anymore in YA, so it was nice to read about it. I loved how the author used “loops” as a way of travelling back and forth to different days.

Ransom Riggs has officially created one of the MOST unique casts of characters I have ever read about! First of all, we have Miss Peregrine. She  is the headmistress of the peculiar children safe home and has the ability to change into a Peregrine Falcon. Bronwyn, a young girl with adorable curls, is able to lift extremely heavy objects. Olive, the star of the cover of this novel, has the ability to levitate. Millard has the ability to be invisible. Emma, one of the main characters of the novel, has the ability to manipulate fire. And finally, Jacob, our protagonist. I am still VERY confused as to what his peculiarity is… but he has one that is probably defined in later novels. There are many other peculiar characters, but these few play major roles in the novel.

What I didn’t like…

My biggest dislike of this novel didn’t have to do with the actual story, but with the cover. I sadly had to deal with a movie cover of this book, which completely messed me up. Somehow, the movie messed up some of the characters’ abilities. On the cover, it pictures Emma as having the ability to levitate, and Olive has the ability to manipulate fire. Which, for anyone who has read the book or read my “what I liked” section of this post. Other than that, I believe that they casted the rest of the cast great, especially Jacob.

I also found the book to be quite boring at times. A lot of the explanations seemed to last FOREVER! Although this was one of the few books that I could sit down and read 50 pages straight, I found that sometimes I got bored of the non-dialogue scenes.

Favorite quotes…

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”

“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”

Overall…

I ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t amazing, but it was also better than a 3 star book. Most would then say that it is very good, but I can only define this book as unique. I don’t expect to ever read a similar book in my life.

If you are looking for a good book to add to your haunting October TBR, I would definitely recommend this one. It’s a hit or miss for most people, but I think that everyone should give it a try.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

 

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Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Dangerous LiesInformation:
Title/Author: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Standalone
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small-town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

I read part of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series earlier this year and absolutely loved them. When I saw a hardcover copy of Dangerous Lies sitting in the pile of YA novels at a local used book sale, I grabbed it as quick as I could. As October was approaching, this book’s eerily creepy cover called my name. And I have to say, although this book takes place in summer, it is the perfect read for the Halloween season.

What I loved…

First of all, let’s talk about this absolutely gorgeous cover. This book takes place in Nebraska, and by the looks of it, it sums of Nebraska’s fields pretty well. It could also pull off the fields just outside my city. But, I love how this cover focuses on the colours black and white, with an eerie white glow coming from the letters. The lights in the background make me predict a car crash. And I LOVED the texture of the raindrops on the cover.

Now, some might pity Stella, but I found her to be a very strong character. She was a part of the US WITSEC program, which is basically a witness protection program. Basically, she witnessed a crime and was sent into a program for her protection. She was sent to a small town in Nebraska to live with Carmina Songster, an ex police woman. How would you feel if you were sent away from your family, friends and home? I would be devastated and terrified, so I thought that Stella was a really strong character by how she dealt with her personal situation.

I loved Stella’s character and personality throughout this whole novel. She was partially stuck in the past, and partially in the present. So with that said, she was still the girl who loved makeup, curled/straightened hair and health diets. But, she was also the Nebraskan cowgirl we saw in this novel. I also loved how much she loved basketball, since I really enjoy basketball.

Now, can we talk about our hottie, Chet Falconer? I didn’t know if I was going to like him at first, since I didn’t like the name Chet, BUT I LOVED HIM. He is such a chilvarous gentleman, which we don’t see much of in YA books. Chet was never a douchebag and cared about Stella from the moment they met. Neither of them knew each other’s past, but they treated each other as if they had known each other for years.

I also really loved Inny’s storyline. In case you didn’t know, Inny is a pregnant local who worked with Stella. It really isn’t often that we see “young” pregnancy in YA novels, so I found this one to be super cool! And just you wait to see who the dad is. I was definitely ShOCkED.

What I didn’t like…

I think that the only things that I didn’t like about this novel were certain characters. I didn’t like Stella’s mom. I hated Danny Balando. I didn’t understand why Dusty was necessary in the novel. That’s about it.

Favorite quotes…

“I haven’t been able to think straight since I met you. I can’t think of a day when you haven’t been in my thoughts. There are a hundred other things I should be thinking about, but I think about you. What you’re doing, when I’ll see you next, what you’re thinking.”

Overall…

I ended up giving this novel 5/5 stars. It isn’t often that I get hooked on a book during the school year, but this one definitely had me hooked. I just couldn’t put it down. I loved the romance. I loved all of the mysteries. This was the first book this school year that made me WANT to read.

I would definitely recommend reading this book in October. Both the cover and plot give off a creepy vibe that is definitely worth reading near Halloween.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina