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Review: Home Alone 2

Title: Home Alone 2

Date of Publication October 1st, 2019


Goodreads Summary:

YIKES! Kevin did it again! The beloved sequel to Home Alone is now an adorable picture book for the whole family.

It’s the holidays and Kevin doesn’t want to go on his family vacation to Florida. Amid the chaos and confusion of the airport, he accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up alone (again!) in New York City. Kevin goes sightseeing, checks into a hotel, and enjoys limo rides, all courtesy of his dad’s credit card. But then he makes a shocking discovery: the burglars who tried to rob his house last year are back, and this time they plan to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve! Can Kevin stop them and save Christmas with the help of some new friends? Charmingly illustrated by Kim Smith, this sweet and funny adaptation will delight fans of the Home Alone franchise, young and old alike.

My Review:

I’ve always liked the Home Alone movies—the first two anyway—and this was a really cool picture book that I’d loved to have had as a child! The drawings were super cute and the story followed the movie very well!

The story not only had fun things, but also life lessons such as with the lady with the birds! Definitely a great Christmas read! My only complaint is that I wish Tim Curry’s character from the movie actually looked like Tim Curry!


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Review: Library of Souls

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: September 22nd, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

My Review:

So, this time around, I had a very important question that I never thought about until this book. So, the invisible boy: was he born invisible?? Since he doesn’t go back and forth between human and invisible, because that would have been a very strange birth for his mother.

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Anyway, I really liked Emma and Jacob’s bond in this one, but I still had to try and ignore the fact that he’s sixteen, and she’s technically an old woman in a young girl’s body.  Besides the romance, there was plenty of action and interesting reveals, throughout that kept me engrossed.

I wish every book had photographs mixed in with a novel because they are so cool! Overall, a great ending to this fun series!


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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2011


Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

I actually saw the movie when it came out last year, which I really liked. I loved the whole whimsical feel that Tim Burton manages to do really well.

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So, right away when we are introduced to the peculiar children, I noticed that Emma had a totally different power in the book than the movie. I already knew this from what my sister in law had told me when she first saw the movie trailer. I actually think the air power was much cooler, and I can see why Tim Burton switched Emma and Olive’s traits. I haven’t read the sequels yet so not sure how it would effect that.

I’m not usually a big fan of books told only from a guy’s POV, but it was fine this time. I would have liked reading Emma’s POV and seeing how it was to be in her head. I think it would have been very interesting with everything that she has gone through!

There’s a small romance in the book, nothing overpowering, but it was…weird… I mean, I like both Emma and Jacob, but the fact that Emma had been in love with Jacob’s grandfather in the past, and also that she is really super old, kind of weirded me out. I know she’s stuck in this time trap thing, but come on! But, I still like Emma and Jacob’s chemistry if that makes sense.

I also loved that Jacob felt like an actual sixteen-year-old boy. He could be bratty and annoying yet selfless, so I thought he was an excellent fit! The other kids had cool abilities, and the pictures that accompany the book were amazing!


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Review: Geekerella

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

My Review:

I wanted to read this book because A. I like Cinderella and B. I like anything geekish. This book was super cute, and it follows the Cinderella story line pretty well. For example, instead of a magical pumpkin carriage that takes Elle to the ball, it is The Magic Pumpkin. It is an orange food van on wheels where Elle works with a girl named Sage who quickly becomes a really great friend.

Sage was actually my favorite character! She had a quick tongue and could best anyone with her quips. Elle lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters who constantly has her cleaning and clipping coupons for her. The stepmother in this story is a real beast, and I wanted to slap her myself.

The relationship with Elle and Darien (Darien is actually an actor in this story) gets started because Darien sends a text to Elle wanting to cancel an upcoming appearance. Elle still has her dad’s old phone number, and his text launches a continuation of nerdy texts between the two that develops into more. I really liked the romance between the two, but I wish Darien would have been honest sooner, and I wish Elle would have had some balls to stand up for herself in numerous situations.

Geekerella was catchy and fun and even though I wanted some of the conversations to go deeper, it was still a good book that I definitely recommend picking up to read.



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