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Film Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Filled with thrill, adventure, and a whole lot of laughter, this film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton did not disappoint.

I’ve anxiously awaited the release of this film ever since word got around about its production last year. Now, I assumed they would follow the plot of the books and make like a series of three films but after watching the film, I believe they’ve condensed the contents of all three books quite well.

The film follows the story of Jacob discovering the Peculiar Children’s house and the thrilling adventure that follows the kidnapping of Miss Peregrine by one of the Wights. While there was a possibility of the arc of the film getting boring. Tim Burton perfectly maintained mystery, delivered adventure and satisfied everyone.

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I absolutely loved the way he captured the peculiarity of it all, adding a bit of humour which was befitting for the younger cast and audience of the film. The mid World War 2 era was captured well with costumes and music and the landscape of whether it be Florida or Wales was spot on.

As soon as I saw they’d cast Asa Butterfield for the role of Jacob I was convinced there would be no one who would befit the role better. Special mention should go to Eva Green who plays Miss Peregrine and did a stunning performance.

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At the beginning, I was a little iffy that Emma (played by Ella Purnell) had the peculiarity of floating whereas in the books she can conjure fire, which happens to be Olive’s peculiarity in the books. All very confusing for non-book readers I know but as the story progresses I can see why there was a switch in peculiarities and how Emma ends up playing a much critical role in the film. But I still think the female protagonist should’ve had a badass peculiarity such as conjuring fire.

Overall, it was an incredible adaptation. I think Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs really took book to movie adaptations to a greater level where they took the idea from all three novels and created this amazing film that takes you on a peculiar journey.

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Book reviews

Book Review | Library of Souls

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Synopsis: 24120519A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion withLibrary 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

The final installment in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left me with no complaints..

Ransom Riggs has this ability to capture a fairy tale-like adventure in his novels. There is this simplicity yet there is also depth. There is an organised sequence of events in the book which prevents the reader from getting lost in all the hustle-bustle.

The novel leaves you with life lessons about love, friendships and family I swear it’s not in a cheesy way though, more like a realistic and down to Earth way. It explores the nature of war and evil, the hunger for power and some quite serious themes in what I’ve already said is a special yet simple setting.

The character development is absolutely phenomenal. What was especially important was Jacob’s struggle in existing between the peculiar world and the normal world and his struggle throughout the novel between the Jacob he had become and the Jacob  he was and him eventually finding out that it was possible to be both. This led him to develop his Peculiar abilities. I like how this character development happened gradually throughout the novel and wasn’t a dramatic “breakthrough” of sorts.

I like how Jacob wasn’t always given the limelight, side-characters had their pasts explained and Jacob and Emma’s relationship which might just be the sweetest thing was resolved in its own way.

The world building was uh-mazing. From the beginning I had a clear picture of the British slum Devil’s Acre created in my mind. The photographs definitely helped. Riggs did a beautiful job of capturing the character of the place and the adversities people face living in such conditions and how it shapes them.

Peppered throughout the novel amidst war and chaos was a sort of dry humour which I very much enjoyed since it gave you a bit of a break and kept you grounded in a way.

Not to mention the vintage photography which has been present in all the novels of the series again added uniqueness and aided the reader in picturing peculiar things which might have otherwise been difficult to picture.

The final book in the series satisfied all my needs but it did just that, there wasn’t an element of MORE if you know what I mean but overall a must-read in my opinion.

Rating

4

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December Book Haul 

 


The approach of the holidays equals more reading time equals more books. Here are some books I bought recently

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #3)  by Ransom Riggs

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesley-  Reading this one for school

Yellow by Megan Jacobson- Thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for this ARC!

The Jane Austen Trio

Persuasion

Sense & Sensibility

Emma

Upon recommendation by Sarah.J.Maas and Penguin Teen Australia I picked up these books at Supanova and the lovely author signed them for me too!

Captive Prince by C.S.Pacat

Prince’s Gambit by C.S.Pacat

I plan on getting more books during this month but this is it for now! Super excited for all the books mentioned above

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Bookish Bucket List

I’ve been inspired by the book blogging community to create a book related bucket list. Why? you ask?. Well I’m a professional list maker and nothing satisfies me more than having everything crossed off my lists. And I don’t mind the accompanying feeling of accomplishment either.

In no particular order here are my bookish goals I’d like to accomplish sometime in my future.

  • Meet my favorite authors, in particular:

-John Green

-George.R.R.Martin

-Rick Riordan

And many many more!

  • Have 200 followers on my blog (I know ambitious) I’m currently sitting on 97 so spread the word!
  • Get a physical ARC for review. Praise the lords above if this actually happens, ever.
  • Be president of a book club.
  • Go to a book conference. There have been several in Australia but school gets in the way. Surely one day.
  • Read all works by Jane Austen- I’ve currently only read Pride and Prejudice, I know shame.
  • Read all Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Have a book-themed wedding, much like this one:
Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi

 

This is the most cutest and adorkable thing ever! AHHH cue he feels. More pictures at

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  • Work at a bookstore/library
  • Read my way through the Penguin 100 classics with their beautiful covers

  • Read a book in French- I began Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but quickly gave up after a headache.
  • Visit 10 antique libraries around the world
  • Own a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • On the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird I want to actually finish the movie for once- I’ve tried twice but Black and White doesn’t hold my fancy for long sorry

  • Visit locations in a book- this might actually be happening in the near future. Just stay tuned “wink”
  • Go to Comic-Con and meet at least one Game of Thrones character
  • Visit one Game of Thrones exhibition

Yep. That is my book related bucket list. I personally find it lame but hey a little ambition never hurt anybody. I’m gonna be updating this list, you know adding things, crossing off and I recommend you make one too! It’ll be interesting to see all the things we achieve.

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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Series: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2

Genre:Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, horror

Pages: 396

Summary

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

Hollow city was a brilliant sequel and has since become my favorite book in the series. The game was stepped UP and there was just so much more that this book had to offer.

  • For those who haven’t read this series (1) you’re missing out and (2) these books are accompanied with great vintage photographs. The pictures do such a great job of supporting the information in the novel , they are extremely unique and peculiar like everything in these novels. The photos in Hollow City were just as creepy however, I prefer the photos in the first book

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  • This book explores so many different worlds and eras. It was so adventurous I mean one moment you’re in a gypsy village and the next you’re in wartime London. The world building was done so brilliantly, it was easy to visualize and imagine yourself being there with all those children which is what made it so magical.

 

  • The plot is fast paced and action-packed, it was like reading one of those adventurous fairy tales. The chapters always ended in an interesting manner which made you want to keep reading on and on, seriously this book was so hard to put down. The writing was so engaging and descriptive, Ransom Riggs really does know how to suck the reader in.

 

  • Since the characters are living in the past the book explored this interesting idea of “the past cannot be changed”. There are countless times when the characters want to save someone’s life but since it is the past it is already written in that someone’s destiny to die. It was interesting to see the children come to terms with the idea of them not being able to alter the past.

 

  • Character development was such an amazing aspect of Hollow City. I love how this book explores the character’s pasts and their struggles. The children have seen so much in their lives that they’re mature beyond their years, they do have their insecurities but throughout the book they seemed to grow and it was so fantastically done.

Hollow City ended at a cliff-hanger of sorts because of the plot twist oh my god! I cannot wait to see how the series concludes in the third and final book.

Rating:

5

 

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Books to look forward to

In an attempt to do something different this week I have decided to tell you which books I aspire to read in the near future. You might just find a great book for yourself or you might just get to know my reading taste better 🙂

1. Clash Of Kings (A Song Of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R.Martin 

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As you may have guessed this is the second book in the Game Of Thrones series. I highly enjoyed the first book a did a review which you can find somewhere on my blog. This does seem like quite a big book and it might take me a while to get through but hopefully  1000 pages doesn’t get too boring!

2.Throne Of Glass by Sarah.J.Massdownload (3)

My knowledge of this book is scare however I do know it involves princes and assassins and a strong female protagonist and I am very excited for how this book will unfold. My liking or rather disliking of this novel will also affect my decision whether to read the sequel or not.

3. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2) by Ransom Riggs download (4)

If you have read the first book don’t judge me but I had my problems with it. For some reason I just didn’t find it as spooky as it promised to be which has made me hesitant about reading the second book. However, my very trusted sources tell me Ransom Riggs has stepped up his game and I cannot wait to see if this book finally gives me the spookes!

So yea. These are some books I plan to read during the month of March possibly April. I will be reviewing them all so make sure you press that little follow button if you haven’t already to read my thoughts on these books. Other than that I hope you have a lovely day/week/month and don’t forget to fly!