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Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs | Review

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All three covers of the Miss Peregrine series, including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, surrounded by the vintage photos from the books included in the hardcover boxset

4 stars

“What a beautiful day to go to hell” 

This was a great continuation in the series, this might be my favourite of the Peregrine’s series. This was insanely action packed, lots of twists and character reveals, I was hooked.

When I was reading Library of Souls I thought it was the final book in the series, the ending was nicely wrapped up. However, at the time of writing this a fourth book, Map of Days, has been published, which surprised me. So I’ll be interested to see where the series goes from here.

“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”Summary from Goodreads.

“There was something sweet about holding a tangible thing that had been touched and marked upon by someone I loved.”

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs | Review

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Miss Peregrines: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs beside vintage photos that are included in the hardcover box set edition of the series and with a canvas pouch featuring a quote from the book on it.

4 stars


“I liked this idea: that peculiarness wasn’t a deficiency, but an abundance; that it wasn’t we who lacked something normals had, but they who lacked peculiarness. That we were more, not less.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s a great continuation of the series. It picks up directly where the previous book left off, with them rowing away from the island of Cairnholm. The high stakes were great, the time sensitive mission added a lot to the story. I also like the new additions and knowledge about the peculiar world we received.

“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 mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages”Summary from Goodreads.

“We aren’t so different. Outcasts and wanderers all—souls clinging to the margins of the world.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In Other Countries

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is books that take place in another country. Since I live in Australia, I come across plenty of books set outside of my country, especially in the YA genre.

So without further ado, here are ten books that are set outside Australia and make me want to visit the location.

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

This month I did abysmally, so terribly in fact that I almost wasn’t going to do this post this month. However, since I made myself a promise to try to do this monthly here I go.

Life got busier than I expected in March, rushing about, renewing my work contract, doctor’s appointments, and more just left me with little time to dedicate to reading. Additionally I also started knitting again so some nights I would choose knitting to calm the mind before bed over reading.

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February Wrap Up & March TBR

So this has been delayed a little, mostly because I wasn’t sure what to write for the beginning of the month, a book review or a tag. Then I stumbled across a lot of bloggers posting monthly wrap ups, which I thought was a great idea and something I’m definitely thinking about doing continuously throughout the year.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Film Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie ticket alongside the book and a pouch and black rose.

3.5 stars

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as 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… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.” (Source: IMDB.com)

Earlier this year I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and I quite enjoyed it. So, when I heard they were adapting it to a film I knew I had to see it. However, the trailer alone had already filled me with quite a bit of doubt. Unfortunately, I’m one of those moviegoers who if I’ve read the book previously can’t help but mentally notice all the differences, and sometimes outwardly display my displeasure at the changes. So, when I saw this I made sure to go with a group of friends who had all read the book, so we could all air our grievances together.

This review is going to be spoiler heavy, so please don’t read any further if you have not read the book or seen the movie.

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

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photo of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book beside a Halloween skull candy bowl.

3.5 stars

 

“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children tells the story of Jacob Portman, and the stories his grandfather told him, the ones he daren’t believe were true.

“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.” [summary from Goodreads]

I’d heard about this book for a while, but since the movie has been announced, I decided that I needed to read the book before I saw the adaptation. I borrowed a copy from my friend and was surprised by how quickly I read it.

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