Monday, September 19, 2011

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

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
First published June 7th, 2011

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.


This book started with a bang. It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explained – which was fairly early and without any nuance – it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn’t expect at all.


One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs- they’re scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy. They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique flair.

The plot is what I didn’t like. After its strong beginning, it fizzles into this bland and predictably dull tale. Don’t get me wrong. It’s very unique and unconventional so I can see it’s appeal. It’s also well written and does stem from great creativity, but I found it lacked too much detail and sophistication. The characters, too, fell flat and as a few things went unexplained we were left with scattered holes in the plot.

This book is marketed for young adults but definitely feels more juvenile, like a child’s fairy tale, which is not what I expected hence leaving me feeling a bit underwhelmed.


2/5 hot espressos


Review: White Cat by Holly Black

Posted by on 09/19/2011 • 5 Comments

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)Holly BlackFirst published January 1st, 2010

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something….

In My Mailbox (1)

Posted by on 09/19/2011 • 8 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve received/purchased/borrowed during the current week. This is my very first IMM post. Hurrah! This week, I have received for review:      I have gotten from giveaways:        This is it for this week. I have not purchased any this week. I’ve been too busy to shop *gasp*. Yes, it is true. 🙁 What’s in your mailbox this week?

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted by on 09/18/2011 • 2 Comments

Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms, #1)Kristin Cashore First published October 1st, 2008

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven…

I’m baaaack! :)

Posted by on 09/18/2011 • 1 Comment

Hello coffee beanos!!

So my surgery went great. I smelled my eyeballs burning, and now I have 20/20 vision. Worth every penny! I have to moderate my internet usage today but will be back on full time tomorrow. I wanted to do an In My Mailbox post but I’ll have to skip this week. Trying to catch up on my emails etc. Being internet-less for 3 days was awful!

Glad to be back, and looking forward to catching up with y’all!

Meanwhile I’ve been listening to these audiobooks. Reviews to come.

Glad to be back,Giselle

Blog Announcement

Posted by on 09/15/2011 • 4 Comments

Hello my fellow coffee beans!

I just want to let you know that there won’t be any blog updates for about 3 days. I’m going for Lasik surgery, so I can’t go online or read for 3 days *gasp*. I will miss my bloggers! Please don’t forget me. 🙁

See you on the other side, where things are bright and clear! 😀

xoxo,Giselle

Review: Thyla by Kate Gordon

Posted by on 09/15/2011 • 1 Comment

ThylaKate GordonFirst published April 1st, 2011

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain.

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember.

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush.

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.

After seeing…

WoW

Posted by on 09/14/2011 • 11 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 

My pick this week:  

                                   Lola and the Boy Next Door                                    Stephanie Perkins                                    Release date: September 29th, 2011 

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his…