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


Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult

Pages: 352 pages

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Spoiler Free Thoughts: I want to start of by saying that I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! I’ve had the firs two books in the trilogy on my shelf for a while now and the third book since it came out but I didn’t know when I’d have you courage to read them, I was worried because I get scared really easily but I still really wanted to read it because I’d heard so many good things! But then I saw the movie trailer when it came out and I was like I MUST READ THIS NOW and here I am, now having read the book and loved it.

It was a very unique story, and if you aren’t aware there are old photographs throughout the book with the ‘peculiar children’ on them and I think the photos went so well with the story. I really like when books have things like pictures, texts or emails and such in the book I think when done well it really adds to the story.

Jacob was a good main character and it was actually refreshing for me to read from a males perspective because I mainly read from the perspective of a female (not on purpose). All the charaters were really interesting and I loved meeting every single one of them throughout the book. I really liked Emma Bloom a lot, I tended to imagine myself as her because we have the same name which made the visualizing of the story interesting hahaha. If I was actually in the Miss Peregrine’s world I don’t think I’d be as awesome as she was though. The way Ransom described everything, characters, scenes and more was so vivid in my mind and I loved that.

I think the reason why it’s not a 5 star book for me is (and I feel bad for saying this) but I had just finished The Book Thief which absolutely blew me away and Miss Peregrine’s didn’t quite have the same affect on me. Also it took me almost a week to finish it even though it was only 350ish pages and that wasn’t because I was busy it was just not hard to put down, I could easily put it down to go make a snack and not pick it up again for a few hours. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, I really did! I would definitely recommend this if you are wanting something a little more peculiar than your average young adult novel!

25 Bookish Facts About Me | EmmaTheBookLover


I’ve seen a lot of people doing this on book blogs, booktube and even bookstagam and today school got cancelled for me because of so much freezing rain so I thought why don’t I just hop on the bandwagon and do it too. 😂 Here are twenty five bookish facts about me!!
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#1: Harry Potter is and always will be my absolute favourite series in the whole wide world.

#2: I know a lot of people prefer reading paperbacks over hardcovers but I’m actually the opposite. I tend to get through hardcovers quicker for some reason and I like the way they feel in my hands while I’m reading them.

#3: I prefer to buy the hardcover of a book over the paperback because, like I said in fact #3, I read them faster. I also like the way they look on my shelf more. It’s definitely a more expensive taste of mine.

#4: Even though my favourite series is Harry Potter my favourite genre is actually contemporary.

#5: So far in 2016 I’ve given three books 5/5 stars, A Monster Calls, Love Letters to the Dead and The Book Thief.

#6: I actually can’t hold myself back from buying books it’s a problem, but then again they are books not anything bad so I don’t think it’s the worst problem a girl can have.

#7: I went to The Wizarding World of Hary Potter in February 2016 and it was the best place I’ve ever been to. I want to have my wedding and honeymoon there and also live there.

#8: I will write a book one day. It wil most likely be a contemporary because I feel like my writing style would go well with a contemporary story but who knows, one day I might have a Stephanie Meyer-like dream and write a urban fantasy saga.

#9: I’ve been slightly obsessing over The Book Thief for the past week and a half since I finished it. IT WAS JUST SO GOOD OKAY? I’ve recommended it to everyone I know, even if they don’t read because everyone needs to read it.

#10: While reading the Harry Potter books Ginny was my favourite character, but not in the movies, in the movies Hermione was my favourite and now I think my favourite character has shifted over to Hermione in both the books and movies but I still love Ginny very much.

#11: I buy most of my books from Chapter/Indigo even though it’s more expensive I love going to the book store and choosing the books I’m going to buy and walking around the store and feeling all the books and looking in the bargain sections. I just like going to the book store. I would shop at other book stores but there aren’t any near me, there was one and I went there all the time and bought most of my books from there but it closed down. 😦

#12: I’ve read The Fault in our Stars 35 times… Oops. It’s not even my favourite book, not even in my top 5 favourite contemporaries but in grade 7 when I first read it I was absolutely obsessed. It kind of introduced me to the world of young adult contemporaries and young adult in general so I hold it very close to my heart.

#13: There was a 2-2.5 year period in my life before grade 6 (which is when I started reading more and more and more) where I just reread Harry Potter over and over and over again. At one point I went through the books and wrote down the names of every single character mentioned in the books and I actually still have the lists of names in my closest. I also wrote a sog, well it was more of a jingle, about Cho Chang and I don’t even know why because I didn’t really like her too much. I definitely did not want her to be with Harry. #Hinny

#14: The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books got me really into Greek mythology back in grade 6 when I read them and I still love Greek mythology so much. We had a whole unit on it in English class this semester and we had to write a myth and it was great. I also got 100% on the unit test *pats myself on the back* so thanks to PJO for helping me out with that because unlike everyone else I know all the names, Greek and Roman of all the Gods and Godesses so I was all set.

#15: My favourite book of 2015 was Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, it wonderful if you haven’t read it please drop everything now and go and read it. It’s an incredible adorable and diverse book that also brings up a lot of important things.

#16: I can’t resist buying a beautiful book… even if I own another edition of the book. Like last week I convinced my Dad to buy me the special anniversary edition of The Book Thief (thanks Dad) and it’s beautiful, 100% worth every penny.

#17: I want to go into publishing for a career because BOOKS.

#18: I have a hard time borrowing from the library because I like to own all my books although borrowing A Monster Calls was one of the best decisions because I read that book in less than 2 hours and fell in love. I still haven’t bought it though 😦 The last time I went to the book store it wasn’t there in hardcover with the beautiful pictures which is the edition I want it buy.

#19: I am actually in love with my book shelves. Just wanted to throw that in there.

#20: I feel bad for the books I read after reading a 5/5 star book because I feel like they will never be as good as the 5 star book I just read, I just can’t help comparing them to each other, especially if the 5 star book was exceptionally amazing *cough* The Book Thief *cough*

#21: I’m not saying this to upset anyone who likes this book but I absolutely despise Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I read it las June (I think) and went through it fairly quickly but man oh man I could go on for hours talking about how much I don’t like that book. I read it before I started blogging so I don’t have a review for it or anything but I want to write a post on all my thoughts and feelings but I feel like if I do that it’ll be too negative of a post and I might hurt someon who likes the books feelings. On another note I haven’t seen the movie yet but I feel like when I watch it I will enjoy the movie while I’m watching it.

#22: I have approximately 230 books on my shelves but I also have a bunch of mass market paperbacks and middle grade books in my closet which I don’t count in my “how many books I own” tally.

#23: My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff! Whoop Woop Hufflepuff pride!

#24: Eventually I want to have a wall of books in my room. I’m about 1 third of the way there. :S

#25: I am so happy I started this blog because it not only helps me discover more books to read but it also gives me a place to share and talk about all my bookish thoughts and feelings with other people who read as avidly as myself!

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So there you have it! 25 bookish facts about me! It was kind of hard thinking up 25 facts and this post turned out kind of long but I hope you enjoyed it! How about you guys, what Hogwarts house are you in? Let me know in the comments and have a good rest of your Thursday!

The Books Highest On My TBR

Ahhh the never ending tbr. Unlike a lot of people who just add books they really want to read into their tbr, I literally add every book that I find interesting or think I will want to read sometime in the future onto mine. My goodreads ‘to be read’ shelf currently has 557 books on it… like I said it’s never ending. With new releases and classics and everything in between there are so many books I want to read. Today I wanted to share with you the books highest on my tbr, the ones that I’ll hopefully be reading soon.

Also a quick note: I am a mood reader so even though these books are ‘the highest on my tbr’ doesn’t mean I’ll be for sure reading them next. I might feel like a contemporary that’s just been sitting on my shelf for a bit but is nowhere near the top of my tbr, it all depends on my mood.

#1: To start off, I am currently reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


I’m only about 150 pages in but it’s so unique and interesting, I’m loving it so far! I did a whole post on the movie trailer that came out recently so click here to read that!

#2 and 3: Hollow City and Library of Souls

 


I already know that once I’m finished Miss Peregrine’s I will definitely be continuing the series!

#4 and 5: Next on my tbr is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (and if I read it and like it then Glass Sword as well)

I got Red Queen in January because it interested me and then I just bought Glass Sword about a week ago because I knew I was planning on reading them soon but I added Red Queen to my tbr before it even came out. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about these books, Red Queen especially. Lots of people were saying that there’s a lot of commen book tropes in it, but that doesn’t really bother me so I’m excited to be reading these books soon.

#6: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is a book that’s been sitting on my shelf for years.

I don’t understand why I haven’t picked this up yet, I know it’s at the top of my tbr, it sounds really good and I love contemporaries but every time I’m choosing what to read next it’s like my eyes skip over it, why why why…

#7: And lastly, The Martian by Andy Weir.

I got this book for Christmas and I was so excited to read it because it’s so many people’s favourite book and it’s apparently really funny (I love funny books so much) but have I read it… nope. *sigh* I haven’t a hard time greeting into space-type novels but I know if I just sit down and start reading The Martian, I will love it.

Those are the books that are highest on my tbr, have any of you read them? What are some of the books that are on your tbr that you are just dying to get to? Let me know in the comments below! Have a good rest of your day!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Book Review

 

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 567

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Spoiler Free Thoughts: Wow. This book. Let me start off by saying, even if you aren’t a big historical fiction reading, please read this book. It was phenomenal. My absolute favourite part of The Book Thief was the point of view and writing style (and characters… Okay the whole book was amazing but I’ll just start of with talking about the writing.) This book is told in a very interesting way, it is from Deaths point of view. I have never read any books told this way and I don’t think there are many books even out there told from such an interesting perspective. (If there is please let me know in the comments, I’d love to read some more!) But it was like Death was its own character (that’s why I’m capializing it) and it was so interesting to read. Also the way Zusak wrote gave me this very raw and authentic feeling. I don’t normally read historical fiction, ever, I’ve probably read less than 10 historical fiction books in my life but ones that take place in and around World War 2 are by far my favourite. The more of them I read the more of them I want to pick up. It was a book well over 500 pages and sometimes books seem to drag on when they are that long but not The Book Thief. 

The plot was interesting but not too fast paced but the chapters were also short so even at slower times in the book it didn’t feel like it was dragging at all which was an aspect I really loved. It was very thought provoking so it gave you lots of time to think about everything that was going on but it also gave you time to get to know and love the characters.

Ah the characters. There were many of them but again as I mentioned before,because of the length you got to know them all and they were all developed so well. Even minor characters like the mayors wife had a little back story that was necessary and made the book better. And of course, our main character, Liesel was so loveable. Me, a book lover, reading a book about a girl who learns to read and then goes off to steal books because she loves them so much was just a really nice thing to read about even though stealing is obviously bad. And then there was Hans, Liesels foster father. A lot of times in books you read about orphaned children who go to their new foster parents house and the foster parents are rude but not Liesel’s. Her new foster Mama and especially Hans, her new Papa were so very kind. Liesel and Hans’s relationship was one of the best and probably my favourite relationship between two characters that I have ever read.  Rudy, Liesel’s best friend and partner in crime for the novel was adorable. The Jew, Max, who they hid was also just so nice. I loved his relationship with Liesel almost as much as her relationship with Hans. In conclusion to my non spoiler thoughts, this book was heartfelt, interesting and tear jerking. If you are picking this book up soon make sure to have a box of tissues near by, you will (well I did at least) need them. 

Spoilery Thoughts: SO hello to everyone who’s read the book (please do not read this part of my post if you haven’t read The Book Thief, I know you might want to but don’t spoil it for yourself.) I want to start off my talking about how Death technically spoiled the book for us, multiple times throughout the story. In any other book I would have been upset but the way it was done in this novel didn’t effect the impact that the end of the book had on me so I didn’t have a problem with it. I think knowing basically everyone was going to die even added a little more suspense to the book because every chapter nearing the end I was thinking Is this it? Is this when they all die. It also made it more like the book was about the whole story and not just the very sad ending. Also thank goodness Zusak didn’t kill off Max as well. I was so emotionally attached to him by the end of the book (to be honest I was attached to every character) but after all Max went through I just wanted someone other than Liesel to not have died. And the scene where Liesel and Max reunited was so special and so sad. After Liesel read to him in the basement and in her bedroom when she didn’t even know if he would survive or not, she was always there for him and he came back for her too. What were your thoughts on The Book Thief? Let me know below but if your comment contains spoilers please note that at the begining of your comment just so people who haven’t read the book don’t read it. 🙂

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Pecuiar Children Trailer

 Unlike most of the bookish community, I have not read the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculier Children trilogy. I own all three books in the beautiful hardcovers, but have I picked them up yet… nope. The series sounds really good and really unique but I guess I’ve never been in the mood for them. I’m also not really a fan of creepy type books so that also set me back from reading them a little bit. But that’s not what this post is about, I’m here to talk about the trailer.

You might be thinking, why did you watch the trailer Emma if you haven’t read the books and you don’t like creepy things? I was interested okay!!! I knew that Tim Burton is the director and he’s done some creepy stuff but I was like whatever, it’s less that two minutes and a half, I’ll survive. And man oh man, I am so glad I watched the trailer.

 
  
What was going through my mind throughout the whole trailer was WOAH! It honestly looks so cool. I did not expect to come out of watching it feeling that way but it honestly looks awesome. So then I watched it again and again. The cast is so good. And asdfghjkl it just looks cool okay, drop everything (well maybe perhaps finish reading my post but then) go watch the trailer if you haven’t already!!!
  
Now since yesterday I finished The Book Thief (which was so sad, it crushed my heart into a million pieces but it was amazing just the same, expect a review soon!) You can guess what I started yesterday night… Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. (Update: I’m about 75 pages, I would have read more last night because I’m really liking it so far but I went to sleep instead and the pictures in it were creeping me out a bit because it was night time and stuff hahaha) 

  
SO what did you guys think? Have you read Miss Peregrine’s? If you haven’t, are you planning on reading it before the movie comes out on September 30th? What were your thoughts on trailer? Let me know in the comments!
PS: This post was supposed to go up yesterday but there’s been some weird things going on with my wordpress where it wasn’t posting so that’s why I haven’t posted for a week, sorry!

  
  

The Books Highest On My TBR

 
Ahhh the never ending tbr. Unlike a lot of people who just add books they really want to read into their tbr, I literally add every book that I find interesting or think I will want to read sometime in the future onto mine. My goodreads ‘to be read’ shelf currently has 557 books on it… like I said it’s never ending. With new releases and classics and everything in between there are so many books I want to read. Today I wanted to share with you the books highest on my tbr, the ones that I’ll hopefully be reading soon. 

Also a quick note: I am a mood reader so even though these books are ‘the highest on my tbr’ doesn’t mean I’ll be for sure reading them next. I might feel like a contemporary that’s just been sitting on my shelf for a bit but is nowhere near the top of my tbr, it all depends on my mood.

  #1: To start off, I am currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

  
It is amazing. I have had this book on my shelf for about two years but I just never picked it up until now but, I am loving it. I have less than 200 pages left and I’m actually on march break right now so I’m planning on finishing it today   

#2 and 3: Next on my tbr is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (and if I read it and like it then Glass Sword as well.)

  

 
 
 

I got Red Queen in January because it interested me and then I just bought Glass Sword this past Saturday because I knew I was planning on reading them soon but I added Red Queen to my tbr before it even came out. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this duology, Red Queen especially. Lots of people were saying that there’s a lot of commen book tropes in it, but that doesn’t really bother me so I’m excited to be reading these books soon.

#4: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is another book that’s been sitting on my shelf for years.

  
  

I don’t understand why I haven’t picked this up yet, I know it’s at the top of my tbr, it sounds really good and I love contemporaries but every time I’m choosing what to read next it’s like my eyes skip over it, why why why…

#5: And lastly, The Martian by Andy Weir.
  

I got this book for Christmas and I was so excited to read it because it’s so many people’s favourite book and it’s apparently really funny (I love funny books so much) but have I read it… nope. *sigh* I haven’t a hard time greeting into space-type novels but I know if I just sit down and start reading The Martian, I will love it.
  
Those are the books that are highest on my tbr, have any of you read them? What are some of the books that are on your tbr that you are just dying to get to? Let me know in the comments below! Also I’m on march break this week so I’ll have lots of post going up and I’ll be doing lots of reading (aka stay tuned for reviews!) Have a good rest of your day!  
 

Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid Book Review

 

Title: Never, Always, Sometimes

Author: Adi Alsaid

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Never date your best friend. Always be original. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school. Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Spoiler Free Thoughts: Aw I was so excited for this book. From the description it sounded right up my alley, best friends who were bound to fall in love, great right? Sadly I was slightly disappointed but while reading Never Always Sometimes I was into it and at times it was super cute! The writing was average but not boring so that was good! But if you are a person who doesn’t like clichés then I would steer you away from this book because it’s full of them. And I know, the whole point of the book is that the main characters Dave and Julia are going to try out some high school clichés but in the end the book is one big cliché kinda high school story (and I say that not in a mean way just in a truthful way). If you are looking for a short contemporary and you don’t mind a book revolving around clichés and high school then I’d suggest you pick this up because it was enjoyable and I did like it. I will be definitely be reading Adi Alsaid’s other book Lets Get Lost in the future because I definitely want to give him another short even though this wasn’t necessarily my favourite.

Spoilery Thoughts: Okay, no one actually wanted Gretchen to end up with Dave, and if you did WHAT!? Gretchen wasn’t a bad girl or anything I liked her as a character but c’mon, Dave and Julia were meant to be from the start and I don’t know why Adi Alsaid did that whole ‘Dave is with Gretchen oh wait no now he’s with Julia and happily ever af – JUST KIDDING Julia is now going to randomly give Dave back to Gretchen RIGHT at the end of the book and pretend everything will be fine even though it’ll never be the same ever again.’ thing… From the whole synopsis of the book you are led to believe Dave and Julia will end up together in the end and the “best friends in love” ending might have been cliché  but honestly I wish it would have ended that way. Speaking of cliché, Never Always Sometimes was the definition of cliché and I know the whole point of the book was that Dave and Julia were going to tes high school clichés but 1) it just made the whole book in general more tropey and 2) half the high school clichés they were going to test or whatever weren’t even real things that happen in high school. I am a high school student and no one gets “recognized by their lunch spot” you just eat at the cafeteria or in the halls or at the food places across the street and everyone minds their own business and hangs out with their group of friends. Also “going on a road trip” also isn’t really a cliché because most of the kids in high school can’t even drive and if they do have their permit they need someone who has their licence in the car while their driving and I don’t think anyone is planning on brining their mom or dad on a road trip that’s meant to be just them and their friends. Plus in this book Gretchen taught Dave how to drive and then he just drive but it doesn’t work that way in real life, you have to do drivers tests and stuff. Okay and by this whole paragraph of me saying the things I didn’t like about the book it seems like I hated it but I really didn’t! I had a nice time reading it while I was reading it, the plot was easy to follow, and since it was a contemporary there was no huge world building so I kinda just flew through it. The characters were likeable and all but this isn’t the sort of book that had a huge lasting impact on me, it was just short and sweet and sometimes that’s all you need.