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

So, I’m a little late to reading this series but I’ve finally done it. The first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has been sitting on my TBR for so long that I can’t actually remember picking it up for the first time. What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, the black and grey picture was incredibly haunting and intriguing. I didn’t know much about the series and, as you know, I’m always so grateful for this because it means I’m not getting any spoilers.

I didn’t think I would like this series as much as I did purely because I had never read anything quite like it before. I think that’s one of the many reasons why I fell in love with the series. It’s so original! The concept of the peculiars and the use of the time loops were so incredibly interesting. I loved the way Ransom Riggs incorporated the use of pictures into the story because it brought scenes from the book to life in such a refreshing way. It made the story more believable.

The first in the series; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had such a wonderful setting and intrigue that I found myself completely pulled into this world. I read it all in less than twenty four. I couldn’t put it down!

It was incredibly fascinating to be able to explore the world of the peculiar with Jacob. It’s such a creepy and mysterious narrative that is filled with suspense. It’s such an enchanting world to be brought in to. The ending was filled with action and challenges for these peculiar children that I found myself begging for them to be okay and for them to make it somehow. The first book ended with an exciting unexpected cliff-hanger that had me reaching for the second in the book.

Hollow City, the second series, had me so much more engaged with the series. It was set in 1940s London and I just really enjoyed it. It was so captivating! The second book was filled with so many plot twists that I found myself, once again, unable to put the book down. Also, the ending to this book left me with my mouth opening and thinking ‘what just happened?’

Naturally, I grabbed the third book in the series, Library of Souls. This was definitely my favourite book in the series. The plot twists, the arrival of new characters, the struggles that the characters had to endure. It all added to a wonderful combination of drama and reached a whole new level of intensity. With each page, I was bracing myself because I wanted to make sure the characters were going to be okay. It was an epic conclusion to the story that had been told through the other books.

I was completely hooked!

I was wishing for them all to be okay. I wanted them to all have their happy ending. My heart was broken only for it to be restored with the final few pages. It had a wonderful satisfying ending!

I am super intrigued to see where the story will develop in the new book Map of Days that will be released next month. I know the book takes place after the third book which means the series going to take such an interesting, fun yet modern dynamic. I can’t wait!

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September TBR

Another month, another chance to get through my massive TBR pile. It’s ridiculous at this point!

I really struggled picking books for my TBR this month. There’s just so many I want to read but I know I won’t have much time to do so. I start back at University and my main priority will be the reading list for my classes and my work.

One of the main books I want to read this month is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. After being a huge fan of her A Court of Thorns and Roses series I’m eager to read more of her books. I also want to read this before the last book Kingdom of Ash is released in October. I don’t own of the series yet but I’m hoping, possibly, to get them throughout this month. If not, next month. I will be reading Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade this month as I already own them.

Another book I will be reading is A Bargain of Silver by Josie Jaffrey. The first book in her Solis Invicti series. I’m a huge fan of the sequel series, The Gilded King, so I can’t wait to start the original series.

I also want to read Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series and I’ve been dying to read it after the heart breaking ending in the first book.

Other books I want to read is Crazy Rich Asians before the film is released. I have only got the first two books in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. Hopefully, I will be able to get the last book this month so I can read the series all in one go. Dear Martin by Nic Stone and Vicious by Victoria Schwab are the last two books on my TBR.

I can’t wait to get reading. What’s on your list?

Thanks for reading!

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August Wrap Up- I read 16 books!

Okay, so I read 16 books this month! I don’t even know how that happened especially how little I read last month.

I’m so happy! I managed to finish three different series, read a few new books and a comic book.

I started the month reading a book I had started in July, A Court of Mist and Fury. I then finished the series by reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight. I started the The Darkest Minds series and read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. I read The Other Side and The Gilded King. Also, I read the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. Wow, that’s a long list and this is just the paperbacks!

Please don’t ask me to pick a favourite read of the month because I can’t choose. All of these books were incredible and I’m so glad that I’ve finally read them.

I reread A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare. I also read the newest instalment in her Ghosts of the Shadow Market series; A Deeper Love. These are both short stories that take place with my favourite characters in the Shadow world. I also read An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann. These were all read on e-books, a format I tend to struggle with but I found myself flying through these stories.

I also read one comic; Miss Marvel Volume One. It’s one that I’ve been dying to read so I’m so glad I finally read it.

August has been a great month for reading. I wanted to get through my TBR as much as I could considering in the middle of September I go back to University and will have a reading list.

I’m so proud of how much I’ve read this much. Honestly, I’m incredibly overwhelmed by it. This is definitely a new personal best! I have also read 67/75 books on my reading challenge this year.

I’m so happy!

Let’s hope I can continue this next month!

What about you? How did you do this month? What was the favourite book you’ve read?

Thanks for reading!

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August TBR

It’s officially August. My birthday month and my last month to get through a load of my TBR before I start my Master’s degree in September.

I’m starting this month reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I started it a few days ago and I’m absolutely obsessed with it. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been working the last few days and haven’t had a chance to read it. I’m hoping to finish it today because I can’t stop reading it. I love it and could probably spend the rest of this post talking about it but I won’t. I promise.

This month I’m also hoping to read A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight. These are the third and fourth books in Sarah J Maas’ Faerie Court series.

For a few years, I’ve had a bad habit of starting a series and then never getting around to finishing the series. So as of now, I’m going to start a series and finish it. I don’t know it just seems like I’m reading halfway through the story and I’m leaving it. It feels like a waste.

Another trilogy I’m hoping to read this month is Jenny Han’s series To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I want to read these before the film is released on Netflix. As you can see I haven’t got books two and three yet but I’ll be getting them very soon. I’m so excited to read these books.

The last two books I want to read is Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I’ve heard very good things about this book. It’s recently been made into a film too and obviously, I want to read the book before I watch the film.

The last book on my TBR for this month is The Other Side by Justin Jay Gladstone. I was kindly sent the limited edition of this new novel by the author and I can’t wait to read. It’s a book about parallel universes and I can’t wait to see that explored.

I’m hoping to read a lot more books than last month. I hope so anyway.

What’s on your TBR this month?

Here’s to a good month of reading!

Thanks for reading.

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The Unexpected Inlander Book Review

This book was giving to me by the Author, Kellyn Thompson, in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad she did because I really enjoyed this book.

The Unexpected Inlander is filled with drama, action and romance. However, it’s not over the top. Instead, it’s a perfect blend of all three genres. It’s not too graphic or too forced, it’s woven excellently into the story being told.

The story is set in a fascinating dystopia where the world has been split into sectors and people are judged purely on their genetic and geography. In this new world, people are modified by their parents to make sure they contain traits and genetics that will be useful to society rather than harm it. There’s also a division between the upper class people who live on the Coast and those who live Inland. These divisions seemed to reflect our modern world filled with divisions and prejudice. I found this whole idea original and thoroughly interesting.

The narrative often changed between the two main characters; Chris Rockford, an assassin for the Government, and Jenna Macklemore, a purebred with a hidden history. However, I loved these switches in perspective because it felt like I was listening to someone tell me an oral story. Also, it was entertaining to read Chris and Jenna having similar thoughts about each other but not realising the other was thinking the same. I found this really amusing because you’re not dating someone don’t we all feel like this? Unsure but the other one is feeling the same. Even though, it’s set in a futuristic world the story related to the contemporary world.

Thompson manages to create two main characters that had me completely hooked. It was interesting to read about Chris and how he had been learned to profile people since he was a teenager. It was fascinating to read about Jenna’s undiscovered and hidden past when it came to light. Thompson really created rich and engaging characters that I couldn’t help but root for.

Thompson not only creates fascinating characters but managed to use their history, their beliefs and careers as way to build this world. She doesn’t overload the information to the reader. Her writing is concise and clear therefore this future world becomes far more understandable. The world was detailed. It was also very thought provoking as I found myself asking what would my opinion be if I lived in this setting? The book wonderfully demonstrated how we all need our flaws and how we are all different, that’s the way it should be.

Kellyn Thompson created a complex novel filled with action, a forbidden romance and exciting twists that kept me hooked.

I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

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Heart of Glass Book Review

I was incredibly lucky to have been given this book by Ivy Ngeow before the initial release on June 30. After reading, Cry of the Flying Rhino, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel. I loved Ngeow’s unique and informative style of writing. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to read and review Heart of Glass.

First of all I want to mention the cover of the book. I wasn’t expecting the cover of this book but I absolutely love it. It’s bright and colourful and mirrors the time and setting of the novel. It’s a wonderful cover.

This novel is another compelling read with an original and fast paced writing style. It keeps the story flowing and keeps you hooked on all the action. The twists and turns in the novel leave you shocked and desperately wanting to continue reading.

We follow the heroine, Li-An, as she begins her journey in Chicago during the 1980s. Li-An is a musician and finds herself playing the piano in Macau. However, this escape from her past leads Li-An down a dark spiral that leads to suffering, gambling, injuries and maybe even death?

Ngeow writes in such a talented way that you are completely immersed in the time and setting of her book. Once again I found myself learning about a time and place that I wouldn’t have learned about before. Its one of the many aspects of Ngeow’s writing that I adore. Her writing is incredibly informative but in a subtle way, it’s not over bearing on the reader.

The characters are incredibly flawed and are ultimately bad people, yet it makes such a fascinating read because you have to see what will happen. The heroine, Li-An, is an interesting character. She has a mixed heritage which makes her reading about her past enlightening. She is also incredible naive yet I found myself rooting for her, wanting her to be stronger and make the hard choices. I love reading about flawless characters because it’s more relatable to human life. No one is perfect. It made the book far more endearing to read.

This story is a fascinating literary thriller and incredibly original. I have never read anything quite like it before.

Ultimately, the story is about greed, desire and power.

You should read this book and find yourself back in the drama of the disco 80’s.

Here’s the link for the book trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRDowKLhuW0

Thanks for reading!

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Cry of the Flying Rhino Book Review

This book was brought to my attention by the fantastic author, Ivy Ngeow. She contacted me to see if I would write a review for the novel. I’m so glad she did. This book was captivating! I couldn’t stop reading.

I read the ebook, which I usually struggle to read, but found myself flying through the text. It was based upon a Malaysian Chinese doctor, Benjie Lee, who has a one night stand with the mysterious Talisa. It was refreshing to learn about a different culture and find out about their norms, values and how they approach this situation.

In Cry of the Flying Rhino, Ivy Ngeow captivates the reader entirely. I was enthralled from the first page and curious about the setting of the Borneo. The novel is rich with details on cultural backgrounds and references, so much so, that you find yourself learning whilst reading. This was an aspect that I found fascinating and only compelled me to love the book further.

The novel is told through three different and very diverse characters. It was extremely intriguing to see how all these narratives joined together. It’s told through the Doctor Benjie, Minos, a criminal from Talisa’s hidden past, and Bernard, a priest who has a relationship with Minos. Ngeow’s use of character is creative and engaging, each one is terribly flawed but also has redemptive qualities. She portrays humanity accurately. This novel has the qualities of a thriller but yet it is something far greater! It’s embedded with a mixed cultures that I’ve never seen explored in this way.

This fast paced novel is incredible and had me hooked from start to finish. It’s no surprise that it is a Proverse Prize winner. I definitely recommend that you pick up this novel and read. It’s truly compelling fiction!

I’m also eagerly anticipating her second novel Heart of Glass which, I believe, is due for release next month.

Please get reading this book!

Thank you!

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli Book Review

So, hi. I loved this book and I’m still smiling because of this book.

Ever since I read Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda, I have been impatiently waiting for the arrival of this book. I pre-ordered it from Amazon and it came the day of its release. I was that excited for this book, I didn’t read anything else around the day of its release. I wanted to be able to read the novel as soon as it came in the post. Honestly, I was so excited.

The book definitely didn’t disappoint!

Also, I loved the cover of the book, I know I say that a lot, but it gave me fun summer vibes. The illustration of Leah on the front cover was beautiful. I loved the contrast of the yellow against the blue background.

The blurb allowed a brief insight into the questions and problems that arise in the novel. It didn’t dwell too much on the plot but gave hints of what was going on. It’s perfect because it allows you to read the book without knowing indefinitely what is going to happen.

This novel brought back the much-loved characters that we followed throughout Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was brilliant being allowed to be brought back into that friendship group yet see it from a fresh perspective. We got to see what was happening with Simon and Bram and how their relationship has progressed since we last seen them. We get to follow other characters such as Abby, Nick, Norah, etc. It was incredible. I love being able to see what my favourite characters are up to.

Let’s talk about my favourite character; Leah Burke. Leah Burke, I found, is the most relatable character I’ve read in such a long time. Becky Albertalli explored Leah’s personality so thoroughly and I found myself falling in love with her. Her sarcasm, her perception of the world and her relationship with friends was so accurate. I loved her. I found myself laughing with her, getting upset with her and wanting to be her friend. Becky Albertalli creates fantastic modern fun characters.

Also, I loved how Leah was different from most protagonists. She wasn’t thin, exceptionally beautiful, or straight. She is overweight and overthinks everything. I swear, she is me. She’s secretly bisexual and falling in love with one of her best friends. She has raised by her single hardworking mother who has started dating someone, Leah is sure how she feels about this.

This story was so beautiful and it warmed my heart. It was perfect! It was definitely as good as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, if not better. I don’t know but it’s definitely close between them. In fact, I don’t think you can compare them as they are different novels but they’re wonderfully written books.

I was completely absorbed in the characters and what will happen at the end of Senior Year. I was rooting for Leah to come out and tell her friends that she was bisexual. I was loving the moments between her and the ‘friend’ she’s in love with. It was such a fun book.

There was humour, teen attitude, hilarious accidents, issues with self-identity and a beautifully sweet romance. Becky Albertalli never fails to write a compelling story with characters dealing with issues that have not been explored and written about in such a way before. I love the representation that she has within her books. She’s incredible. I can’t wait to finally read her first novel; The Upside of Unrequited.

Please, go buy this book. You’ll love it especially if you’ve read, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. As soon as you open the first page, it feels like you’re coming home. I hope there is more of my favourite Creekwood students in the future.

Read this book this summer and I guarantee that you won’t be able to stop smiling.

Thank you.

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Why I’m not doing a TBR this month

So, last month I set myself a TBR list and you’re probably wondering, well you probably don’t care, where this month’s list is. It’s non-existent. Last month, I set myself a list of five books to read and ended up reading ten books.

I was proud of that achievement considering I was in the midst of handing in final assessments and preparing for my exam. I was swamped with deadlines and lists of to do things which is why I don’t have a TBR this month.

This month I’m taking time to myself and going to read books based on what I’m feeling at the time. I’m honestly curious to see if this will lead to me reading more books or less. I can’t wait to see how much reading I get done.

Also, I want to spend this month writing. I want to write all the ideas that are floating around in my head and get them down on the page.

What about you? Have you set a TBR or are you a mood reader?

Comment below.

Happy reading!

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Everything, Everything Book Review

This book was so creative.

I loved the writing, the fast brisk pace of the text and the small illustrations and doodles in the novel that made me feel like I was reading Madeline’s diary. I haven’t read anything quite like it in a very long time. I’ve mentioned before how much I love when writers experiment and do new things that I haven’t necessarily come across in writing because it makes it a refreshing read.

This book, like so many others, have been sat on my shelf for way too long. I wasn’t kidding when I said I buy too many books and never have time to get through them all. Honestly, it’s insane. I am so motivated this year to read and get through my monsterous TBR pile.

The cover is so beautiful. I love how wonderful the illustrations are in this book. The cover completely pulled me in and made me want to read the book. I have never read a book, where the protagonist, actually lived in a bubble for her entire life. She’s so sheltered until Olly moves in next door.

The blurb didn’t give too much away. Once I read the book, I realised that the blurb told me the very basic plot for the story. I was incredibly grateful for it because there’s so much more to the story than what the blurb mentions.

I read this story in the space of two hours. I loved it. It was so incredibly beautiful! I love Madeline’s character and how vulnerable Olly was. It made for an interesting dynamic between them; both of them becoming stronger for each other.  It was such a heart warming and thought provoking read. I wasn’t expecting it.

It made me question my life and what I wanted from it. Am I doing what I want to be doing? I wasn’t expecting to think this during the book but I kept thinking it and found Madeline quite inspiring.

This book is such a wonderful, beautiful, quick read that you should read. If you haven’t already.

Happy reading!

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