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

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series | Book 1
Pages: 382
Publisher: Quirk Books; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
Rating: 5 stars (Read It!)

The novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, blends black-and-white photographs with a haunting dark fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman lives a relatively ordinary life. But when his senile grandfather, Abraham Portman, calls him frantically for help and raves madly about someone coming to find him, his mundane life is shattered. At the sight of his grandfather’s murder, he beholds a terrifying monster, but even more terrifying: only he can see it.

Seeking answers, Jacob convinces his parents to let him travel to a Welsh island with an abandoned orphanage that might hold the keys to his grandfather’s past and his future.

When Jacob visits the orphanage, which was destroyed by a World War II bomb, he encounters a girl who can hold flames and an invisible boy. Through them, he is drawn into the world of the Peculiars: a group of people with Peculiar abilities who can never age as long as they’re in their time loop.

But there are wonders and dangers in the Peculiar world. Tentacled creatures called hollowgast prey on Peculiars when they can and the wights–hollowgasts who’ve preyed on enough Peculiars to regain a semblance of human life–are planning something new.

Can Jacob embrace his own powers while protecting his newfound Peculiar friends?

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The novel, Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare follows the story of warlock, Tessa Gray in Victorian London.

Since receiving a ticket to London from her brother (Nathaniel Gray) Tessa has been taught how to magically Change into another person (and assume their identity) by the Dark Sisters. She did not know of her powers until recently and they frighten her. But the Dark Sisters plan to marry her to the mysterious Magister of the Pandemonium Club, a shadowy organization, frightens her.

After being locked in her room after attempting escape, two Shadowhunters: Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs save Tessa from marriage to the Magister by. Her rescue was not their original intent,  but related to their first purpose.

The Shadowhunters of the London Institute offer Tessa sanctuary and help to locate her brother. While Tessa stays with the Shadowhunters, she develops relationships with Charlotte Branwell, Will (William Herondale), Jem (James) Carstairs, and Jessamine and learns more about the Shadow World. As Tessa remains in the Shadow World, she soon realizes that her brother is entangled in many mysteries of the Shadow World and getting him back will not be easy.

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Favorite Fiction Books of All Time

This is a list of my favorite fiction book books of all time, they are not in order of preference.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  6. Origin by Jessica Khoury
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The novel, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett tells the story of three very different women, Aibileen, Minny Jackson and Skeeter Phelan in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Despite their differences, they unite to solve a common problem: segregation.

Aibileen is a black maid who works for Mrs. Elizabeth Leefolt. Mrs. Leefolt neglects her two-year-old daughter, Mae Mobley, so Aibileen must make sure that Mae Mobley doesn’t think she’s not loved. Minny Jackson, another black maid is an excellent cook, but struggles with a mouth that “sasses” all white women and is looking for work again. Skeeter Phelan is a writer who’s always been bothered about segregation. Her friend, Mrs. Leefolt had a separate toilet installed in the garage just for her maid because of her skin color.

I immensely enjoyed this novel because of the compelling, unique voices from the three protagonists that urged me to read on. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about segregation and relatable characters.

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