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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: Hollow City

Title: Hollow City

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: February 24th,  2015

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Goodreads Summary:

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is a fun and interesting series! I liked it just as much as the first one. Again, I like that Jacob actually feels like a teenager, and he isn’t a douche bag like a lot of YA books like to make the guys. He has a sweet personality.

I felt the book stayed pretty fast paced, and there were a lot of great characters! I really liked the way Riggs described the oddities scene because I am big on oddities! The photos within the book were just as awesome as they were in book one!

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I still find it odd that all these little children are actually really old in kid’s bodies, so it still weirds me out with the romance. The ending of the book was not what I was expecting, and I’m ready for the next book!

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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

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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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Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Ransom Riggs (based upon the novel written by), Jane Goldman (screenplay)

Imdb Summary:
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
My Review:
First thing first I still have not read this series yet, but I love most of Tim Burton’s movies. I liked the fact that this had an x-men feel with the kids having powers or peculiarities, but didn’t dress like comic book characters. As with most Tim Burton movies the atmosphere drew me completely in with the music and the costumes especially when the main character Jacob gets to Miss Peregrine’s home. Eva Green is amazing as usual!
Jake was an alright character but a little boring, and he has just lost his grandfather. He goes with his father (who is ridiculous) to Miss Peregrine’s to prove that these oddities are not real. He then meets Emma who was my favorite character. She can do all sorts of amazing things, but I heard in the book she is actually the one with the fire powers instead of Olive. Not sure why they reversed their powers… I guess so that Emma could do cooler things vs set stuff on fire.
The scene with Enoch when he brings these toy things to life was really cool because it was like a stop action sequence. The creatures or monsters that are after the peculiars were super creepy which I like anything creepy. The smaller peculiar children were so cute I wanted to hug them all!
I was already worried about Samuel L. Jackson because he is not one of my favorite actors, but he was actually okay in this.  The slight romance that was going on between Jake and Emma was kind of odd, but other than that I loved it! Definitely go see it!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Would Buy

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

I still haven’t read any of these with the exception of 1984.

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Motion Picture Monday: Book to Movie

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Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Book by: Ransom Riggs

Imdb Summary: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

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I have to be honest here I have not read these books, but I love most of Tim Burton’s movies, and this one looks absolutely freaking amazing!!!

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