Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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What a well known book, and I've only just got round to reading it! I can tell you, I'm so glad I picked it up! Miss Peregrine's was a story I knew I always wanted to read, and it had been there on my shelf for a while, along with it's sequel, Hollow City, but it always seemed to get overlooked when I was choosing what to read next… not this time!

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of 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 bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's 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.

My Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a Young Adult novel, but first and foremost follows the fantastical paranormal genre. Set partly in America, but mostly in Welsh territory, we follow Jacob on his journey as he discovers that the stories his grandfather, Abe, told him as a child, were true. Unbelievably so! In and out of another time, Jacob learns more about the children labelled 'peculiar' and also learns they are in great danger. As Jacob delves deeper into the world of peculiar, and into himself, he understands this is just the beginning for his relationship with the peculiar children that take shelter with Miss Peregrine.

The events throughout this book have been so carefully thought out, introducing the reader to a new realm of magical happenings. It is incredibly unpredictable, possibly because we are so unfamiliar with this new world Riggs has created, and finishes with a climactic ending to lead perfectly on to Hollow City. There is never a dull moment in this book; every part is as thrilling as the last, making it a fast paced, compelling story line. The addition of photographs throughout the book also drives the story and makes it a faster read. Despite being a newly formed world, everything is logical and, although threads are left untied at the end, we know there will be questions answered in the following books.

We are introduced to so many characters throughout the book, mainly the family of peculiar children. I loved Millard, I thought his character was so quirky, and him lacking any physical form made his actions even more hilarious at times. Emma and Jacob's relationship grew on me, and was such a delight to read when it was fully developed. It wasn't the kind of relationship that was all 'in your face' like some books, but very subtle among the other events, that just adds a bit of light-heartedness to the story. Despite the paranormal traits of the peculiar children, Riggs has done a great job of merging fantasy and realism, making it seem more realistic. The blend of present and past, and making the reader understand that the peculiars live in the past, makes it feel like it's real, rather that placing them in another world that is less realistic.

From the moment the monsters were mentioned, and when Abe speaks to Jacob in the beginning about them, I was constantly trying to guess what they were and why they were so frightening. There was plenty more to keep me on the edge of my seat as well, trying to figure out what would become of the peculiar children. My favourite part of the book was when Jacob travels through the loop for the first time, and meets the peculiar children. Emma and Millard are amazing at this point, already so well characterised for people we've just met. The end was also extremely thrilling and spiked my excitement for the next book! The action scenes were really well written, describing everything that was going on and striking fear through me as if I was there! The entire book contains extremely good writing, especially with the incorporation of photos to bring the writing to life even more. I found myself laughing at several parts of the book; there were some pretty humorous parts in the story, particularly, as I mentioned earlier, Millard and his invisibility!

There were times when I could not put this book down! I found it so captivating and unlike anything I've read before. I cannot wait to finish the trilogy and find out how it ends (here's hoping that I don't use any of these beloved peculiars on the way, because I fear for their lives now I know what they're facing!)

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or paranormal writing, or even just a fast paced book with eccentric, peculiar characters, because you will find all of that in Miss Peregrine's!

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):

Amazon

The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

Hufflepuffs Unite!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The hosts are back from their break, and I’m very excited to connect with other Top Ten Tuesday partakers. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Book Recommendations for Hufflepuffs‘. Being a Hufflepuff myself, I thought this would be an easy list to put together, and I wanted to steer clear of making a list of just contemporary novels, so I’ve tried to mix it up a bit, and choose books that have characters I believe carry the traits of a true Hufflepuff…

Everything, Everything

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In this book, I feel like Maddy is a true Gryffindor, but I find some Hufflepuff traits in Olly. He is so patient when it comes to being able to see Maddy, and loyal to their relationship, even with what Maddy is going through.

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LEVI IS MY HUFFLEPUFF FICTIONAL HUSBAND! He is the happiest character I have read this year, and I just can’t see him being sorted into any other house!

Everything I Never Told You

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Towards the end of this book, our main character Lydia floats between houses, but her dedication towards everything she does in the beginning is inspiring, and puts her possibly as a Raven-Puff for me.

The Rosie Project

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Another character who I consider to have Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff traits! Don Tillman is exceptionally clever, but it’s his dedication to the cause that I admire. Once he sets his mind to something he won’t stop until he finds what he’s looking for! Good at finding things is another Hufflepuff trait!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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I could’t make a list without a bit of Harry Potter! I chose Goblet of Fire because this is the first time we see proper action from everyone’s favourite Hufflepuff, Cedric Diggory. I feel like this is an important book for Hufflepuffs to read, because it shows that even though we are not necessarily known for it, we can be brave and fight just as well as anyone at Hogwarts!

Alice in Wonderland

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I put Alice on here because of her use of logic to find things. When she falls down the rabbit hole, she uses intellect to find her way into Wonderland itself, and continues to learn and find on her journey.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Another book where one of our main character is a Hufflepuff! Newt embodies the true Hufflepuff perfectly, and shows us again, like Cedric, that Hufflepuffs are able to fight and stand up for what they truly believe in. Also, if this doesn’t prove Hufflepuffs are good finders, I don’t know what does!

 

The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Being a time traveler isn’t easy, and Henry is so patient throughout his journey. He meets Clare, and knows he falls in love with her in the future, but in those times when Clare is younger, the patience he has to practice, to wait for his true love, is impeccable!

All The Bright Places

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Towards the end of this novel is when one of the main characters, Violet, really shows her Hufflepuff side. Even after major events (no spoilers) that happen, Violet still stays dedicated to the project her and Finch were working on, and loyal to their friendship and love for one another.

 

I know there’s only 9 here, but I hope there is nice selection here for us Hufflepuffs to choose from. Please let me know if there are any others that you would recommend for us Hufflepuffs out there!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚

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One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.

– Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Hamilton: The Book Tag (ft. a lot of Shadowhunters…)

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Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to this month’s tag post! I have seen so many people do the Hamilton Book Tag, bloggers and book-tubers alike, and I just could not resist the opportunity! If you’ve been living under a rock and you haven’t heard of Hamilton, it is one of the greatest musicals of all time! It follows Alexander Hamilton through his life as one of the founding fathers of America, and tells the story of how he came to be the person he was, formed by the other characters around him. Oh, and did I mention it was written by Lin Manuel Miranda who is a lyrical genius of hip-hop and rap music? I am so in love with Hamilton beyond words, and being able to combine it with my love of books is just the perfect post for me, so before I melt into a Hamilton-shaped puddle because of my love for it, let’s get on with the tag!

Please be aware there will be spoilers ahead for the following books: Clockwork Princess, The Fault In Our Stars, City of Heavenly Fire, Lady Midnight and the Harry Potter series.

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A Book World You Would Put Yourself Into

This is definitely not a difficult one for me, and probably most people, as I have to go with the majority vote and say The Wizarding World! Most, if not all, of the Hamilton Book Tags I’ve read have listed this in response to this first question! If I wanted to be slightly less clichΓ©, I would choose the Shadow World from the Shadowhunter Chronicles, but I probably have more chance of dying there so… that’s my 2nd choice!

The Schuyler Sisters

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I had a good think about this one, because I feel like every book I read, I fully appreciate all of the characters, but thinking outside into the book community, I’m going to choose Charlotte from The Infernal Devices series. Tessa is the main female character in this trilogy, and while Charlotte does play quite a big role, especially in the final book, I rarely hear people talk about how amazing she is! She’s the head of the Institute and then becomes Consul, for goodness sake, surely that deserves some recognition!

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A Character That Goes After What They Want


Sticking with the Shadowhunter theme, I chose Emma and Julian from The Dark Artifices series. In Lady Midnight especially, Emma is particularly persistent and doesn’t let the Clave get in her way of investigating the mysterious death of her parents. Julian is constantly doing whatever he can to protect the children, and doesn’t let anyone stop him.

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The Most Heartbreaking End To A Relationship


I have two for this one, a romantic relationship, and a friendship, because all -ships are important! My chosen relationship is Hazel and Gus from The Fault In Our Stars, because of course the physical end of that relationship was the most heart-breaking you could ever read! But when I first saw this question, it was the friendship that came to mind, and that was Clary and Simon’s relationship at the end of City of Heavenly Fire. I was in floods of tears and I still can’t believe Cassandra Clare would put us through that much pain! Still, it kind of gets better in Shadowhunter Academy…

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Sassiest Villain

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Shadowhunters keeps coming up in this tag, but I have to choose Malcolm Fade in Lady Midnight! Even though he had villainous intentions, he could be so funny throughout his time with the Blackthorns! A moment that really stands out is when they order vampire pizza and watch romantic films, and Malcolm is just hilarious in this scene!Β πŸ˜‚

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The Twist You Didn’t See Coming

There are plenty of books I’ve read with unexpected twists, but for this one I have three of my most recent reads. We Were Liars, I was expecting a twist, but never guessed when or what the actual twist was! Lord of Shadows had plenty of twists and turns throughout the plot line as well, which were quite unexpected. I recently re-read The Fault In Our Stars, and thinking back to my first time reading it, I never guessed the fate of the main characters, and was sure it would be the reverse of what it actually was. I consider that quite a large twist in my book!

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A Series You Marathoned


Another one for the Shadowhunters, and of course I binge read The Mortal Instruments with The Infernal Devices (in publication order) because it’s really hard not too! Once you have been sucked into the world, it’s so difficult to leave! Which reminds me, I almost marathoned the Harry Potter series, but I’m sure everyone has at some point…

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Favourite Book With Multiple POVs

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When I came to this question, I realised I’ve only read (and enjoyed) one book with mixed POVs, where each chapter was from a different characters perspective, and that one was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I really liked it when I could actually get into it, and was a lovely summer read! Especially interesting with the two POVs coming together!

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

A Book or Series You Feel Will Be Remembered Throughout History

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Harry Potter, no question! This series will never die and live on through generations. It will be considered the greatest classic of all time in 50 years or so!

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A Character You Wish Was Still Alive

There are plenty of characters that died on me unnecessarily, but there are some that really hurt me in ways that are unimaginable. Augustus Waters was the star-crossed (fictional) love of my life and did not deserve the end he got! WHY DOES JOHN GREEN HAVE TO BE SO MEAN AND MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH A CHARACTER JUST TO BREAK MY HEART??!! It’s not fair!! Of course we can’t ignore this question without paying tribute to all those who fell fighting evil for the greater good in the Harry Potter series, namely Fred, Dobby and Sirius. All of these deaths were completely unnecessary in my eyes! There was no reason Fred and Dobby had to die, it only made the end of the series hurt so much more! As for Sirius, WHY, JK ROWLING, DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE AWAY THE ONLY PERSON HARRY HAD AS A FATHER FIGURE AWAY FROM HIM? WHY?! Again, highly unnecessary.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed and I sincerely apologise for the amount of times Shadowhunters happened to appear in this post! Are there any here that you agree with? What would you put in your own Hamilton book tag? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚

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Why I Love Book Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The hosts are currently on a break from TTT, so I’ve decided to go back through the topic archives to find things to write about until we begin again for real. The topic this week is Top Ten Reasons I Love Book Blogging. I’ve been book blogging for almost 2 and a half years, and while I’m not the most amazing book blogger known to man, I like to think I have contributed a small amount to the book community! I wanted to talk about what I have learnt and loved over the last two and half years and how it has improved my reading experiences for the better.

Connect with other book lovers

This is possibly my favourite thing about being a book blogger. I get to read and comment on other people’s posts, and people comment and have discussions with me about the stuff I post, and it’s so amazing to be able to talk to other people who love books just as much as I do.

Talking openly and honestly about books

While book reviews are not necessarily my most popular posts, and they can sometimes be extremely difficult to write, it is the main reason I started blogging. I love being able to share my opinion about the book’s I’ve read, whether it’s through a review, on a Top Ten list, or commenting on other blogger’s posts. I also think it’s so important to be honest about your opinion of that book, because that way you are being honest to your readers. Book bloggers and some of the most honest people I’ve spoken to!

Talking about books with people who listen

A lot of people in my life are not as passionate about books as I am, so it’s great to be a part of a community who understands what it’s like to be a hardcore book nerd! The worst thing is trying to talk about a book you’ve enjoyed to someone who doesn’t read, and feel like you are forcing books and reading down their throat. Like with my first point, the book blogging community is such a great place to discuss books and know that people are actually listening and enjoying what you’re saying.

Expanding my TBR

This can also be a great problem, because I cannot read fast enough to keep up with all the books I add to my TBR! I love receiving book recommendations, or reading about a new book that I can add to my to read list. I would say 90% of my TBR has been books I have discovered since being part of the book blogging community!

Broadening genre horizons and discovering new authors

Since I have started book blogging, I have read so many different genres that I never would have even considered before. I have explored fantasy to a much fuller extent, and even dipped my toes into the classics as well. I have definitely found my ability to read further has developed immensely, and I can’t wait to see what else I discover! Sci-Fi is next on my list!

Encourage me to read more

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a reading slump… most of you? I thought so! I usually go through one at least once a year, and it’s typically during the summer months when I have the most time to actually sit and read! Reading blog posts about what people have been reading and how much they have been reading is so encouraging for me to sit and read as much as possible. It may be my slightly competitive nature, but I like to be able to read a decent amount each month, and being encouraged by other book bloggers, and writing about books myself, is a great help!

Practice writing skills

I like to think that my writing skills are good enough, but most people, myself included, find that the more they write, the better they get. Just like with anything, practice makes perfect. Writing is quite a big part of my life, and while I don’t write novels (maybe in my dreams!) I do have to write essays for my uni degree, and of course I write on my blog, and the more I do it, the easier it gets. The more I read, the more I pick up new words and language devices I can apply to my own writing, and I can certainly see a development from my first blog posts to now!

Being creative in different ways

Blogging has really pushed me to expand my creativity! I believe I am creative person; I’m studying a creative degree at a specialist creative university, and yet sometimes I do struggle to think of post topics that will be interesting to read and that I have plenty to write about. It’s important for me to be flexible in my creativity and apply it to all forms of artistry, including writing and design, and blogging has definitely pushed me to exercise my creative muscles!

Recommending books to other readers

I love being able to use my status as ‘book blogger’ to recommend books to other people, whether they are fellow bloggers, or friends and family. I have come to find that if you say you blog about books, people tend to trust your opinion more. Again, going back to an earlier point, I don’t want to seem like I am forcing my recommendations onto people, but it is a great feeling to recommend a book to someone and then have them come back saying they absolutely loved it!

Share books that may help others

This final reason kind of ties in with the one above: I like to share books that I feel will have some impact on another person’s life for the better. We all know books are one of the greatest forms of escapism and learning, and reading certain books in the past has really helped me get through some of the tougher times in my life. If anyone is struggling with anything, or wants to find a way out of their mind for a while, I am happy to recommend books that have helped me, or books I have heard help others. There are plenty of books I turn to if I need to find comfort or escape, and if I need to learn about a new something in my life, and I believe that everyone can find books that do just that for them.

What’s your favourite part of book blogging? Are there any on this list that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚

The Importance of Quotations in Literature

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. As you may have discovered a pattern in my discussion posts, I like to have a discussion ‘theme’ for a month, because I feel it allows me to go into more depth about a specific topic without boring you all by putting it in one massively long post you probably won’t read.

Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post will be focused on what quotations mean to us as readers and why they are such an important part of the reader community…

What makes quotations from literature so important?

I find it difficult to express how much literary quotes mean to me. If you are familiar with the theory of horcruxes, it’s almost like taking a piece of a book and keeping it somewhere safe in your mind, so the book can continue to live, even when you’re not reading it.
This question could also be ‘why are quotes from literature different from inspiring quotes in general?’. Most quotes in our ‘collections’ are from the books that we’ve read and enjoyed, and they become a record of those books, so we are able to remember and cherish the stories through a snippet of literature. These quotes come from people who know how to do wondrous things with words, which means they quotes can also be read metaphorically and have more than one meaning, which adds depth to them that generalised quotes don’t tend to have. When we read a book, we are subconsciously on the look out for sentences or groups of words that come to life and bring meaning, whether it’s a well known quote we’ve heard before, or just a section that really resonates with us personally. These quotes then become a great comfort to us in times when we aren’t feeling our best, or need encouragement or motivation. If they come from our most treasured books, they become even more special. Those quotes that may not have been picked up by others, or are less popular among other readers, can be a lot more personal, and can seem like we have something special and unique. These literary quotes give us hope, they share morals and give insight into a world beyond what we know. Not only do these quotes have metaphorical depth, but they hold imagination that only readers can see, and allow us access to unknown places. They are fictional, but can be so much more!

How can you spot a quote when you’re reading?

If you’re reading a popular book, or something you have read before, you may be familiar with the quotes, and therefore spot them straight away when reading. However, if you’re reading a book that you aren’t familiar with, you may have to search around a bit more. I tend to find it sends a strange vibe through me, like I’ve struck a piece of gold in a mine full of words. It gives me the urge to sit back and think about what I’ve just read and think, or write it down immediately to make sure I don’t forget it, and so I can look back on it later. These are usually sentences or groups of sentences that resonate with you, because of something you have or are experiencing in life, which you draw wisdom from, or just words that are so well written they are just too beautiful not to savour.

Why and how do we collect our favourite quotes?

We collect the quotes we find in books to look back on them and remember the stories, and what the quotes meant at the time of reading. Maybe they mean something different now. So how do we go about making sure we have a record of these quotes, because let’s be honest, we are not all superhuman and cannot store hundreds of quotations in our brain! Personally, I use Goodreads to a keep a rough record of the quotes I find, but not all quotes are on Goodreads, and it isn’t easy to find them even when you have liked them. For the month of August, I am setting myself a task, or challenge of sorts. I am going to be keeping a ‘Note the Quote’ diary, writing down anything I read that I want to keep hold of for any reason. I will be aiming for at least 5 quotes per book, and at the end of the month, I will share all the quotes I found, and why I chose to write them down.
I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you have anything to add about why you feel literary quotations are important, please feel free to share in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚

Quote Exchange

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So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

– Matilda by Roald Dahl