Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Where to start with this review?

I’m sure you have a vague idea of what this book is about but it’s basically about the types of people you would find in a “freak show” at an old style circus, all trapped in a time loop to save them from dying. I know sounds a bit silly right? Which is why it’s better to go into this book not knowing much about it. 

However I still found myself pretty disappointed. I thought from the way people went on about this book that it would be some crazy adventure with people who were different but honestly it was just boring. There was so much set up for a very short climax. It was so slow and I just felt like parts of it went on and on. I thought it would be spookier than it was as well, it’s supposed to have a creepy feel to it but it just fell short for me. 

Something that really stood out to me while reading was that no one had a district personality. I couldn’t remember who was who and what their peculiarity was. Everyone rolled into one on my head and I just found myself confused for a majority of the time. To me if you’re going to do a book with lots of characters they need to stand apart or just don’t bother with them. 

Spoilers: It really upset me that the MC ended up having a relationship with his grandads ex. Like that’s really creepy to me, anyone else? 

I do think it was incredible that a bunch of photos sparked Riggs’ imagination enough to now be writing a further trilogy but I won’t be reading anymore. 

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Thank you to netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So Passenger was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog last year and I really liked it so when Wayfarer popped up on netgalley I was so quick to request it.

I felt like Wayfarer was definitely better than Passenger, but maybe thats because there’s a lot more of the time travelling world in it. Where the first book was getting to grips with the world and showing the reader what could happen the second book was a lot more fast paced and showed so much more of the time travelling aspect and the chases through time aspect that was originally advertised.

The main thing that I really liked about this book was that we got to know Etta and Nicholas away from each other. They were very reliant on each other in the first novel and yes there was insta-love, but in this book they spend the majority of it apart. We get to see how they tick in the time travel setting without each other there.

I liked how Bracken still continued with the world building in this novel. Things were introduced slowly, but not too slowly in that you were bored, and it built on previously explained things. There were times where I was a bit confused but that might have been my concentration levels rather than the actual novel. The little parts in each time period were well developed for the short amount of novel space they had and I got a good idea of the setting of each place without being overwhelmed.

I think I would’ve liked this even more had the end been different. It was kind of satisfying because it just ended with all the ends tied together, but it kind of left me feeling a bit like “oh of course it just all came together really nicely”. I’m not going to spoil anything but if anyone else had read it and felt like this please let me know so I can discuss it.

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From the Stars by C.S. Wilde

I was sent this novel by the author in an exchange for an honest review, so thank you C.S.Wilde!

James falls in love with this girl he works with at his office job, Miriam. They start to hang out then she tells him her secret: she’s an alien. Things begin to become complicated between them

I’ll be completely honest and say that this book wasn’t my cup of tea, there was a bit too much romance and not enough sci-fi for me, but that’s just me.

One thing I liked was that the aliens had both human and their alien names, I often find with sci-fi books that they’re either given human names, which isn’t really realistic or they have just alien names and you can’t pronounce it to save yourself.

The book shows a lot of potential, it was fast paced and engaging. I just found it hard to believe at times. I liked James, he was a character that I understood. He was happy to just be friends with Miriam if that’s what needed to happen. Whereas I found myself getting annoyed by Miriam a lot, she felt less like an alien and more like a self-aware robot sometimes.

I would also say it felt quite short, the book itself is short but it could have been fleshed out in places and though the pacing was fast I feel like some of the speed could’ve been sacrificed to add more to immersion and connection with the characters.

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Thank you to The Orangutan Librarian and Lauren for the tag!

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

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  • I have a golden retriever named Lia, she is my one true love, I wish I could spend all day every day with her.
  • All Time Low are my favourite band and I’ve been to see them about 23 times, this photo is one of the times I went to see them. In general I just love live music.
  • Legend of Zelda is and always will be my favourite game franchise, my dad used to play Ocarina when I was little and I would watch him play it, completely entranced and also a bit scared and I continued to do that with every new release until I was old enough to play it. I picked a picture of Breath of the Wild because it just came out and it’s all I’ve been doing for the past week.
  • I come from the Isle of Skye and it was difficult for me to find a picture that wasn’t heavily edited so here is a pic of the Old Man of Storr.
  • I’m pansexual, in case you didn’t know, and it’s a very important part of my identity.
  • I’ve spent the majority of my new adult life living in Glasgow for Uni and it’s where I’ve met most of my closest friends and has came to be like a second home.
  • I’m a mathematician, I love maths a lot.
  • I go to every home Scotland rugby game that I can. My dad was a rugby player and rugby has just always been part of my life growing up so naturally I found a love for it.
  • I feel in love with kpop a few years ago and Girl’s Generation were the first group I discovered so whilst I enjoy many groups these days they will always be near and dear to my heart.

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Celebrating the Little Things Tag

Thank you to Ines for the tag!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find them?) Tag them and give them a shout out! 

Raven and Beez!


What was the last milestone you reached?

Milestone by WP standards or by my own, because I hit 350 followers last week. No idea what my last WP milestone was.


What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

Captive Prince review!


Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

 


What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

My February Wrap Up!


Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

I’m friends with quite a few, too many to give a shout out for fear that I’d forget someone, or they’d be thinking in their head “she’s not my friend lol wtf”. Don’t you just love anxiety?


Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

I last did the 2016 Year in Review tag, which was created by A Booktube BookA Booktube Book


How many months have you been blogging for?

Coming up 1 year!


Have you any social media related to your blog?

Twitter
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Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thanks for following me everyone. I never thought I would get 100 followers let alone 360+, I just wanted to try something new to keep me reading I didn’t think I would last this long.

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The Bookish Book Lover Tag

Thank you to Kirstie for the tag!

Rules:

Use the original banner
Answer the questions!
Use lots of book covers
Tag your friends


Question 1:
What book are you currently reading?

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Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 

This is technically a reread but I read it for the first time in 2011 and I have no recollection of it.

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Gun to my Head by Dira Lewis

Not sure how I feel about this currently, it’s a bit weird.


 Question 2:
What was the last book you finished?

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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I was quite excited for this book but I felt let down by some of the elements of it. It had some really interesting concepts but then fell prey to some really bad tropes.


 Question 3:
Favourite book you read this year?

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This was one of my most anticipated reads and I somehow managed to get on netgalley even though everyone else seemed to get denied. IT WAS SO GOOD.


 Question 4:
What genre  you read most this year?

I would say so far I’ve read fantasy the most at the moment but I kind of have a solid eclectic mix so far.


 Question 5:
What genre have you read the least this year?

Well I mean, I never read Horror, so that, but if we’re talking genres I actually like probably historical.


 Question 6:
What genre do you want to read more of?

YA Fantasy because I always want to read more of YA fantasy


 Question 7:
How many books did you read last year and what was your goal?

I read 131 and my goal was 30


 Question 8:
What was the last book you bought?

THE HAMILTOME


 Question 9:
What book are you saving up to buy next?

I’m on a book buying ban don’t let me answer this!!!!!


 Question 10:
How many books did you check out last library visit?

Only 1 but I have a list of requests so I don’t normally browse I just get sent them on a drip.


 Question 11:
What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

All of them???

I have a pile of books that I think I’ll probably read next and Six of Crows is on that so lt’s go with Six of Crows.


 Question 12:
What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

Harry Potter of course


Question 13:
Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?


 Question 14:
A few books your heart adores?


 Question 15:
What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Throne of Glass #6, it was the first series that I got hooked on when I started reading again and I can’t believe it’s ending.


 Question 16:
What books are on your Wishlist?

http://amzn.eu/fGBz0vV

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December Wrap Up 

So December has been a very hectic month for me. I’ve had 2 interviews for unis and a late trip to London to figure out if I wanted to volunteer abroad (I don’t 12 weeks is too long for me). So instead I’m planning a month backpacking through Asia. I’ve been given a place at Strathclyde, and the woman said to me at Aberdeen that she’d be giving me a place though I haven’t heard officially.

I had a horrendous cold. Which I got the morning of travelling to London so that was an absolute whale of a time.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic festive season and if you received gifts you got everything you wanted. Book wise I got the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay.

I also got Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the WiiU and have been playing that constantly. Why does this game have no hype, it’s so good!

This month I read 18 books:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
One by Sarah Crossan
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
From the Stars by C.S. Wilde
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I posted previous months reviews:

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Martian by Andy Weir
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry
Half Wild by Sally Green
Champion by Marie Lu

I posted a discussion post on periods that I was quite proud of to be honest.

I bought these books:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (preorder)
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
The Reader by MK Harkins
Black-Eyed Susans by Julie Heaberlin
What Light by Jay Asher
My True Love Gave to Me
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
History is All You Left by by Adam Silvera
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Soulmates by Holly Bourne

It looks like a lot but there was a huge Kindle sale so literally every single book bar More Happy Than Not and ACOWAR were 99p.

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