Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mew's point of view issue was fantastic! And the rest of the book as well :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Choose Your Own Adventure is great! Such a refreshing way for a graphic novel by using such an old school method :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love it! Can't get enough of Squirrel Girl! :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I seriously just love that there is a superhero that is a squirrel because squirrels are cute and deserve to be recognized for it :)

I don't have anything worth wild to say about these because I am just enjoying the fun-ness of it and reading comic books is actually much harder for me to do than reading a 1,000 page fiction book haha!

Lovers of Squirrel Girl will love this second installment of her issues!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every year, on the Day of Sacrifice, the village of Protectorate takes the youngest baby and delivers him/her to the witch as a sacrifice to protect their village. It is a terrible thing to do, but that is what the witch demands as payment of her protection.

And each year, the parents of the baby girl or boy sadly hand over their bundle of joy and know that they will no longer be with the living because the witch is going to kill the baby. Except for the one mother, who would not hand over her child. She was yelling, screaming, hanging from the rafters of her house, and even bit her husband when he tried to take the baby.

But the Elders of the town eventually got the baby girl, and the mother went mad. She went so mad, she was locked in the tower with the Sisters of the Star until she was well.

The kicker though? All of this is a lie. The witch is not evil, and she does not eat the babies. In fact, one day, long, long ago - almost 500 years - she found a screaming baby outside of a town that was so full of sorrow and she took the baby with her on her travels, feeding it starlight to keep it nourished. Then, when she got to another town, she found a great home for that baby, parents and siblings who loved it so much the first time they met it.

And every year after that, the witch will find another baby on the same day, in the same place, and she will travel to another town to do her medicine routines and find another home for the baby that year. All of the towns celebrated the day that the witch came with a new baby, because they were celebrating another life being added to their lives.

As for the baby whose mother fought for her? The witch, Xan, was going through the same yearly routine. But she made a mistake. Instead of feeding the baby starlight, she fed the girl moonlight, which gave her magically powers. This isn't normal magic either, but magic that is seeped into her bones and thoughts and her very being.

Xan knew she made a mistake, but she also knew that no normal human could take care of such a baby with an enormous power. So Xan decided to name her Luna and keep her as her granddaughter to train her on how to use her magic.

With the help of the Swamp Monster, Glerk, and a Tiny, but Simply Enormous Dragon, Fyrian, Xan raises Luna. Not by training her to use magic, because of a terrible side effect of a spell, but they raise Luna to be a sweet girl of 13.

But when Luna gets closer to the age of 13, the more her magic is about to burst out of her.

And other big events are about to happen at the same time:
- a father is not willing to give up his son for the Day of Sacrifice - he is going to kill the witch instead
- the real witch of the story is about to see what happens when she up against a lot of love between a mother and her daughter
- the volcano is going to erupt after 500 years of being dormant

And much, much more.

Luna needs to figure out all of the lies that she has been told throughout the years, and figure it out fast to save all of the ones she loves the most.

I decided to read this book because I was making a list for work of the winners for the Newbery Awards for Children. The cover really caught my attention, and when I read the synopsis, I was snared and had to find a copy.

And this book definitely deserves the award! I so enjoyed the story and even though there were a lot of viewpoints going on throughout the novel, it was a very quick read that had an amazing moral and message.

I could only image what a 5 year old hooked on magic would be like. I know how a normal 5 year old acts, so having one with magic just makes me shudder. I don't blame Xan for what she did, because Luna would have been a terror if she continued the way she did.

I loved all of the side characters from the forest, to the village of Protectorate, and to the people of the other towns. There was a lot of information crammed into this book, but it was told in a way that didn't make the reader too overwhelmed.

I'm very glad that I decided to read this book, and it will definitely be a book that I recommend to other book lovers, no matter what age they are :)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love Lucky in Love by Kasie West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maddie's home life is struggling quite a bit lately. Since her dad lost his job 3 years ago, things have been falling apart left and right. He can't find another job to work for, her mom has had to go back to work and is now working doubles to pay the bills, and her older brother had to take off a few years of college because he can't afford the schooling, so now he is becoming depressed and not motivated to do anything.

The only thing Maddie can do is work, work, work. She needs to get the best grades, do as much volunteering as she can, is working at the zoo because she loves it and it will also be good for when she goes to vet school, and she is constantly studying to keep up her grades to get into her dream school and to get a lot of scholarships to pay for it.

The night Maddie turns 18, her two best friends are nowhere to be found, even through they have been talking about the "party" she was having for her big adult day. Because she was mad about being ditched, and she had no candy that she likes, Maddie goes to the gas station and - instead of buying the candy she really wanted - she ends up buying a lottery ticket because of the attitude of the cashier.

Little did she know that the next day, Maddie would be the sole winner of the lottery and would win $50 million - or rather $30 million after taxes.

Now, all of the little things in life that were a constant struggle are now fixed! Her parents aren't going to fight over money any more because Maddie is giving them $1 million each! Her brother can go back to school and pay off his school loans, because she is giving him $1 million!

And Maddie is still working at the zoo because she really loves her job. Oh, and Seth might also be a reason she loves that place. Seth, who she can't seem to tell him that she won $30 million. Because the longer she is known as the lottery girl, the more that people around her start acting differently. But Seth is treating her like the old Maddie, and Maddie doesn't want to ruin that by having a huge chunk of money between them.

They say that money brings out the real side of a person, and sadly Maddie is figuring that out. She is only trying to be nice to everyone, but it seems that she can't trust a single person in her life, because money does change a person - for good or bad.

This was a cute novel. It took me no time at all to fly through this book and I really did feel for Maddie. Though there were a lot of times I wish I was there to slap her across the face for the dumb decisions she was making throughout the novel. I mean, there were some no brainer moments that she definitely shouldn't have done.

But I guess she learned her lesson in the end, so that's all that matters.

YA books about teens winning the lottery has become very popular in 2017. I'm not sure why, but it has definitely brought up the thought of what I would do with all of that money. I seriously couldn't even think of how to spend that much money. And I think I would do what I needed to do, keep a safety net in my account, and donate the rest. Because money does bring out the real monster in people and I wouldn't be able to handle not knowing who I could or could not trust in my life. That would be way too much stress and I just wouldn't want to live my life like that.

Though I would buy lots and lots and lots of books before I donated it all away :)

I loved the relationship between Seth and Maddie. It was so adorable and sweet and you could instantly tell that they both had feelings for each other, even though the two dimwits couldn't tell if the other one liked them.

Kasie West is always writing amazing romance teen books and I'm never disappointed by them. I can't wait to see what else is in store for us by her, and I'm very glad that I got my hands on this book at the library! :)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Cady wakes up in a cabin, she has no idea where she is, how she got there, and most importantly, who she is. Everything is blank to her and she is trying to figure out what has happened. Then the pain is being registered. She is bruised up and down all over her body, but the most pain she feels in on her hand, with her fingers.

When two men are talking about her and decide she doesn't have any useful information for them, they decide they are going to take her outside and kill her. And as much as she doesn't know what is going on, Cady does know she is not going to get murdered without fighting for her life.

After some really impressive moves that knocked the man taking her outside unconscious (she must be a badass if she can do self-defense, right?), she takes everything she can find off of the man and drives herself down the mountain side.

Once she gets help, she realizes that she may not be able to trust anyone. Rumor has it, she is from the crazy house and the authorities are going to hand her over to the "doctors". But she knows that everything that is stated in the news is a lie.

Surprisingly, Cady finds a friend in a fellow teenager who is working at McDonalds. For some reason, Ty believes Cady's wild story over the two professional gentlemen who are looking for Cady with a blurred out picture of her.

Now Cady and Ty are on a mission to figure out who Cady is, why she lost her memory, where her family is, and why are people out to kill her for something she has no inkling of what happened.

This was a short, fast paced book that kept me entranced until the very end. I called the twist and what was going to happen before it did, but I don't think that this book was so mystery, suspense, let's figure out who-done-it type of book, but rather about Cady getting to know herself again and for her to figure out the pieces when the right time came.

I actually really admire Ty. He is a guy who's been homeless, is trying to get his life back together and then decides to stir up his life to help a complete stranger who probably looks god awful. To tell you the truth, I definitely wouldn't be a willing player in helping a stranger who is in a ton of shit. I'm a pansy ass, sure, but I don't want to risk my neck for someone I have no idea what they are mixed into.

And I also really liked Cady. She is one tough cookie and she is determined to figure out what is going on, and how to fix everything so that people aren't trying to kill her anymore. I don't blame her, but she was willing to do whatever it took to survive, and I can only hope that I would be able to do the same thing in her shoes.

I think this was a great book and I'm glad I got a chance to read it!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: Fallen Heir

Fallen Heir Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Easton Royal has everything, and it's his senior year, so it's sky to the limit. He is king of the world and everyone in his town knows it. Except Easton is starting to become restless. Because of his poor choices in his lifestyle, his father took away the one thing that kept him steady: flying. Now that he's grounded, he needs to find a new outlet, but that is easier said than done.

When Hartley catches him in a ... compromising situation, Easton tries to turn on the charm with her, knowing that he will get his way.

Sadly for Easton, though, Hartley is not falling for his charms and he finds this refreshing. So refreshing that he decides he needs Hartley in his life. But she is avoiding him and keeping Easton at arms length because she has more pressing problems to deal with.

Hartley is new to school, though, and doesn't realize that Easton never gives up. He is going to become Hartley's best friend and hopefully more intimate later when he warms her up.

The more than Hartley and Easton are together, though, the more Easton is having to be more real with her. Because Hartley is not taking the bullshit easy going guy that everyone knows and loves. Hartley is way beyond that guy and she is only going to open up about her dark past if Easton does the same thing. But Easton hates being vulnerable, so this is going to be a battle of stubborness soon.

Oh, and also? Having the new "queen bee" of Astro Prep gunning against Easton and everyone who is close to him - including innocent bystander Hartley? Not the best way to live out senior year, to be honest.

But when Easton thinks he's trying to help with Hartley's issue, only to make matters 100% worse - that's when he realizes that he may be spiraling out of control. The only problem is how to get back in the cock pit and take matters in his own hands, when he's pretty much alienated from everyone who cares for him.

I am so, so, so happy that I got an eARC from the authors! I started and finished this book in one sitting and just devoured it! I couldn't get enough of Easton's story and I wish that I had all of the books of his right now! And by reading this book, it definitely made me want to re-read all three of Ella and Reed's story again, which I may just have to do because I forgot how much I love this world!

Easton is a rascally little thing. I mean, he was in the first 3, but he's even worse when you get to read his own story! And I love Hartley. She is so strong and independant and brave. I love that both her and Ella are similar in those aspects, even if their younger lives were completely different. For the fact that Hartley is taking care of herself after being pretty wealthy when living with her parents is even bigger step than Ella's story. Hartley knows how good it can be, yet she is still surviving on her own and living day by day by fighting for what she wants. It just goes to show that you can do what you need to do to survive.

And now, here is my reaction to the final pages of this book (don't worry, it's non-spoiler):

OH. MY. GOD!!! HOW DARE YOU END THIS BOOK THAT WAY!!! I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW!!! I NEED THE NEXT ONE NOW, AND I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 2018!!! THAT IS TOO LONG!!

Okay. Okay. I got that out of my system. Sorry, but it was needed because I've been freaking out about it since I finished it a minute ago and I think my brain is still trying to process what just happened. Because I'm sitting here stunned and almost wanting to unread the last few pages until the next book is in my hand!

Let's just say that Erin Watt is evil, and leave it at that. I will love them again - probably in January - but right now I'm pretty traumatize and may need to go cry myself to sleep.

This was a great novel and I am so glad that the readers will now get a chance to dive into Easton's head to see what he is thinking. And most will already guess what is going on, but there are a few bittersweet moments that happen and definitely helps click why Easton acts the way that he does. I know with all of the people who love Easton, he will get to the right place that he needs to be at, but it is going to take some time, and some mushy feeling conversations before that is to happen.

Now is the moment where I wait forever to find out what exactly happens with that terrible, terrible cliffhanger that these pseudo-evil authors have left us. I know everything will be alright, so I will just wait patiently (*cough*) for Cracked Kingdom.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the eARC and I cannot wait for more novels by you, Erin Watt!

And to all of the readers reading this review, you are going to LOVE this book!! Just adore it!! :)

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Review: The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Isadora is tired of feeling worthless at home. Her parents are immortal gods and ever since she found out that Isadora is a mere mortal, who will live a normal life, she feels like her parents only had her so they can survive by having one more person pray to them and keep their name alive.

Then, when her mother, Isis, decides to have another baby 3 years before schedule, Isadora knows that she is not loved, and maneuvers her way into going to visit her brother in San Diego, rather than being the nurse maid in Ancient Egypt with the Gods.

But it's not exactly freedom in America because her mother is making her volunteer at the museum to create an exhibit with some items she is donating for the Ancient Egyptian display. Now Isadora has to bum rides from her brother to go to "work" at stare at her mothers items ... it's like she never left home!

Thankfully, and reluctantly, Isadora makes a friend with Tylor, another teen forced to volunteer her summer away at the museum. And with Tyler comes her boyfriend Scott, and their ridiculously hot friend Ry. But Isadora is convinced that love and relationships are terrible, so anything that would happen with Ry isn't going to...maybe...

Dark dreams at night have convinced both Isadora and her mother, Isis, that something bad is going to happen, which is not good since Isis is about to have the baby and she is in no way prepared to battle it out like the big bad Goddess that she is. Isadora needs to figure out what the dark forced is, and if she is willing to do anything to save the parents who she thinks don't care for her.

But being halfway across the world may be a problem for Isadora to help her parents.

This was a cute little novel. I love Egypt, and the synopsis and the cover really called to me when I found it on the shelf at the library, so I said, "why not?" and took it home. Plus, it's a stand alone and that is even better in my book! Don't have to wait around for the next novel!

Isadora is a typical teenager who is bored at home and is starting to rebel against her parents. Plus, consider the fact that she is the only teenager around, and she is the only mortal around, and you have a very pissed off teenage girl who wants to do something against the rules.

I don't blame her, really, because she is being cooped up way too much and sometimes you just need to let loose a little bit and go crazy.

The tension between Ry and Isadora was great! I really loved it and there were many secrets that were revealed and made it even better.

This is a cute little story but it is full of mystery, romance, summer days, and saving family so I very much enjoyed it overall :)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Freya loves science. She is determined to invent something realistic and useful to everyone and go to the continent and away from court so she can pursue her life in science and invent things. And she is going to take her best friend, Naomi, with, as her assistant, though Naomi will probably want to follow court and find a nice suitor to marry.

But since Freya is still under her father's care, she is being made to go to the King's birthday celebration where all of the royals are located. Freya hates being in the middle of attention and is always a good conversation topic for most of the people there since she is "odd".

Every time she is forced to go there, though, Freya usually finds a way to sneak out early. This time was no exception, because she just couldn't wait to go to her laboratory with Naomi to experiment when an idea she had while bored out of her mind at the party.

However, her sneaking out of court saved her life, because everyone who ate the king's golden cake died from poisoning. And since there were so many royals at the party, that means that Freya has now become the next living royal to ascend to the throne - even though she was number 23 in line.

Now Freya is stuck in court for the rest of her life, and to boot, she has to be queen to the people who weren't murdered at the party. She has no idea how to rule a kingdom, and because her head is always full of science, she was never interested to learn the proper procedures of what to do when in court.

And on top of everything else, her people are suspicious of her - thinking maybe she poisoned everyone to become the next Queen. Of course, that is ridiculous as Freya has no idea what she is doing.

So with her love of science, Freya is determined to prove her innocence, and also find out who the real murderer is so that she will feel safe and threatened. Because ignorance of how and why it happened could very well be the death of Freya if she cannot figure out who is trying to kill the royal family, and now herself as the current Queen.

Who says science can't save the day? Because Freya is out to prove that differently, if she can do so before the army comes crashing down her doorstep.

This was a great novel! I really enjoyed it! I love that it's a standalone and how this book ended all nice and wrapped up, and I love Freya as a character.

Freya is a scientist, through and through. She doesn't have a mind for court or politics or how to rule, but when she was told that she had to be anointed at the new Queen before someone tried to assassinate her, she went willing and knew that this is now her new duty in life. She knew taking the Queendom would stop her life long dreams of being a scientist and creating new inventions, and she became Queen with no fight. And I think that is so selfless and amazing, because I certainly would have fought against being the queen of the lands.

I loved how the science in this book wasn't too sciency. I loathe science with every part of my body, but Rhiannon Thomas made it possible for a non-science lover to understand what experiments Freya was doing and actually made me interested in the results of each test she did. That in itself is amazing because usually my eyes glass over and I blank out during those moments.

Freya's mind is wonderful. She is always solving puzzles and mysteries and I think she is a great pick (not that anyone picked her, mind you) to be the Queen. She is genuinely interested in the people she is ruling and how she can better the system to make things better for everyone, not just the royals who "deserve" it.

The little romance that happened in this book was great. It was just enough to have that tension between Freya and her new beau, but it was also not taking over the novel and making it into a typical romance novel either. I liked the guy she ended up with and I can only imagine how things continued between the two of them.

I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to read this book, and I am definitely going to read Rhiannon Thomas's other two books to see if they are as good as this one! I will most definitely recommend this book to other YA lovers out there!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Library of Souls

Library of Souls Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacob just can't catch a break. Just when he thought they found Miss Peregrine, his new group of friends realized that they were duped with the wrong bird and now they are finding themselves having to save not only Miss Peregrine, but all of the other peculiar children that were just taken with another ymbryne.

So now it's just Emma, Jacob and Addison out to save their family, and they are about to go in the most peculiar place yet, with more peculiar beings than anyone knew existed. And they are doing this with the unwilling help of Sharon, the ferry worker, who is only helping Jacob because his boat was sunk by bullet holes.

But there is a lot of dealings going on inside Devil's Acre and Jacob may be biting off more than he can chew. Because of his new-found power, many peculiars are out to get Jacob for their own personal use and Jacob can't figure out if anyone is on his side trying to save his new family, or if they are out to gain more power for themselves.

And then, Jacob has the biggest question to find the answer to: if they survive, where will Jacob go? Back home to his parents, or stay with his peculiar family?

So many big revelations, but will Jacob choose wisely in all of his adventures to make that final decision?

I flew through this book. After spending agony minutes and hours on the 2nd book, I just couldn't get enough of Library of Souls! From the first page there was action, adventure, and mysteries to be solved that by the time I noticed, I was almost done with the book!

So I definitely recommend sticking it out through the second novel to get to this one, because it it worth it to find out what Jacob's fate is in the end.

And to think that all 3 books happened in a week or so time?! Craziness. Thank goodness I waited until all 3 books were out to read them in about a week's time, rather than 3 years time!

In the end, I found that Jacob grew a harder spine and was a good character to have the viewpoint from, even though I said otherwise in the 2nd novel's review. He just had to grow up a little and make some decisions that made him understand the direness of his situation. He knew what was the best thing to do, no matter what the cost, and was man enough to go through it, and I respect that in a character.

I'm glad that I read the rest of the series to find out what happens to the group and how they persevered through their peculiar abilities to save the day. I don't think I'll ever read these books again in my life, but it was nice to get their story and I still think it is fantastic that Ransom Riggs created this whole series just by some old, weird photographs that he found!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Hollow City

Hollow City Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacob and his band of merry peculiars are on a mission to save Miss Peregrine from being a bird forever. Once they got off of the island that the Peculiars have called home for the past 50+ years, Jacob found himself figuring out how to get everyone to another loop so they could get help for Miss Peregrine.

Along the way, Jacob is learning more and more about each child and how their ability is benefiting them and protecting everyone. Even Jacob is learning more about his gift and how he can use it, though most of the times he understands something new, it's through a dreamlike vision, so he's not sure if it's true, or if he is just imagining things.

And because the group is going through different loops, they are meeting more and more peculiars along the way. They are realizing that the stories they grew up with might not just be stories, but may be a version of a true story in their peculiar world.

Just when Jacob thinks everyone is safe and that they can get Miss Peregrine back again, things go terribly wrong. Everyone is being captured by the wights and hollows and Jacob is back in the present time - where he doesn't want to be.

But Jacob's peculiar talent is advancing very quickly, and he may be able to find a way to save everyone in the end. If only he can figure out how to use it.

I have to admit - I almost gave up on this book. I was so bored and started skimming and jumping to the next page because nothing was really happening and Jacob is actually a boring character. Having him as the main character might not have been the best pick, but I stuck through it because I am going to read the 3rd and final book in this series.

And I'm glad that I did, because that ending was great! Finally! Something to keep me entertained with and entranced in the story. And the way it ended? Those last words? I'm hooked and am so glad I can read the 3rd book right away!

I hope that Jacob will become a better character to follow around and get his viewpoint after that very big twist at the end!

For all of the fans out there that loved the book but couldn't get through this one: I get it. Believe me, I really do. But I do recommend reading this again, even if you have to skim like I did to get to the ending, because it is worth it and I can only imagine great things happening in the 3rd and final novel. :)

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacob has always thought that his life was ordinary. Boring. Stuffy even. He would never had said that his life was interesting or weird or peculiar. But that was before. Before he found his grandfather dead in the woods outside of his house. Before he saw a monster in the trees.

Now Jacob wants answers, because since that night, he has had nightmares that are haunting him. The only way to do that is to go to the island where his grandfather went to school and ask the teacher: Miss Peregrine.

With the help of his psychiatrist, Jacob was able to convince his mom and dad that he needs to go to the island and visit the school. So while his father was off taking photos of birds for his new book, Jacob was roaming around the island to find the school. And at first, he just found the skeleton of the school, since it was bombed in the second world war.

But after much snooping and getting chased through town and running after a girl who looked remarkably like a photo his grandfather had when HE was a teen, Jacob figured out what the big secret that his grandfather kept from him: he is peculiar with a peculiar skill. And because of his peculiarity, a whole slew of people are after him to gain powers for their own purpose.

Now Jacob has to decide what to do: stay with his new friends who he feels a real connection to, or go back to his parents who are supposed to love him unconditionally, but will never understand this side of Jacob's life. But Jacob has to decide quickly, because time is running out for the house full of peculiar children, and one choice will be made, willingly or not.

I have been wanting to read this for a long time, but wanted to wait for the 3rd book to be out so I can do a massive read of the series at once. And since my two book clubs are reading this for the month of July, it was the perfect time to gather all three books!

Sadly, I watched the movie first, which is always a terrible idea for me, and so I was comparing this book to the movie a lot. There were a lot of similarities, but there were also a lot of differences. I definitely like the book better because there was a lot of growth of the characters and there was a better plot line laid out to be continued in the next couple of books.

And I liked how real Jacob was. He was an angst-y teen boy - so very realistic. But he was also very curious and wanted answers to unsolved questions. It's funny, because he called himself weak and scared all of the time, but I never got that impression from him. I always thought that he was brave and selfless - especially toward the end when he met the group of peculiar children.

The romance between Jacob and Emma is just weird - for two reasons. One, they are just awkward around each other. I never got the impression that Jacob liked her until they were kissing. I need a little bit more than "she has a knife against my throat" to "oh, I like her so much"! Just doesn't work for me. And two, Emma and his grandfather had a thing some 50 years ago... I mean... obviously nothing came of it, but it's still just really, really weird right? Or maybe it's just me.

I love the other peculiar children and think their gifts are amazing! I'm not sure which one I would want myself, but I think any unusual gift or talent would be awesome to have. Though I know they would disagree, saying that it outcasted them, but still. Pretty awesome.

I think Ransom Riggs is phenomenal in the fact that he came up with this story from just a bunch of unusual photos. It was like, one day he found them, came up with a story about each character, and then decided to write it down and create a story! Brilliant! Just amazing!

I'm so glad that I finally got around to read this, and now I'm off to dive into the second novel to see what else is going to happen! :)

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Oblivion

Oblivion Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't know how this book didn't get added to my Goodreads account when I own both the eBook and physical book and devoured it the second it was available, but I guess it was sneaking...

Anywho, I totally adore Daemon and this book (plust 2 and 3 on the eBook) gave me everything I ever wanted to know about Daemon, but us readers could always do with a little more ;)

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not even going to bother doing a description of this book - a synposis - because it's the third of the series so I'm bound to give something away and I just want to talk about how AMAZING IT WAS!!!!

I love, love, love this series. I have my all-time favorite author bookshelf and once I get my own copies of these books, they are being placed on that shelf. And this is really tying with my all-time favorite books by Jennifer L. Armentrout (who convinced me to read these books), but I wouldn't say that it's passed them...yet.

But they are that good!

This is a 700 page book and I finished it in 1.5 days. I would have finished it in one if I didn't have to adult and go to work, but that's beside the point.

Feyre is amazing. I loved her as a human and I loved her as a High Fae. She is seriously the most selfless person I've read about. She doesn't give one hoot about her own life, but the second that anyone she loves is in danger, she rushes off and saves them - even if it means her own life. I mean, she was willing to bargain with her SOUL!!! That is some crazy shit right there - especially in the world that she lives in. And she was willing to do ANYTHING to save the ones she loves. To know that they were safe, even if she could no longer be there was the best solution to anything in life. Even though those people would not want to live without her kind, generous soul in their lives.

This book had me in an emotional roller coaster. No, seriously. Sarah J. Maas almost gave me a heart attack about 4 times, back to back at the end of this book. I had to tell myself to breath during a couple of scenes in this book when I realized where she was going with her story, and threatening to end Maas's life if she actually went through what she had just revealed to me.

There were laughs. There were definitely tears. And there was blushing, for Rhysand is Feyre's everything, so that's a given.

I loved the side characters. I especially love Nesta because she is such a vicious person, but when you have her trust and heart, she will be vicious for you to the very end. And she is such a quiet person, that when she finally lets her emotions come out, you better start running because it will be 500% more than anyone else's you've ever seen before.

I am so emotionally attached to these characters that I'm not sure how to move on. I'm sitting here day dreaming about the entire 3 books that I just devoured and I just want to be in that world again. I spent every free moment I had for the last 1.5 days engrossed in Feyre's world, and I don't want to go back to my boring life!

I will never forget this story and these amazing characters and what they are willing to risk for peace. Though it will be interesting to see what they do to fill their time now since they are immortal and have nothing of importance to be done now. I'm sure Maas will find a way to stir up a little trouble.

I am so, so, so happy that I finally read the first book in this series, and I will be forever stuck in this world of love, magic, family and survival. Now I am going to hope I don't get into a book slump and I will try to read a different book.

I cannot wait for Fall 2018 to come and see who the next book will be about and what they will be involved with.

Thank you to Jennifer L. Armentrout for the recommendation and thank you to Sarah J. Maas for writing this beautiful, amazing story. :)

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