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 Peculiar Children, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: June 7th, 2011 by Quirk Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts

This book was quite a unique read. I enjoyed the characters and the worldbuilding so much.

Jacob doesn’t believe in his grandfather’s tales about the mysterious island and the people living in it but when things take a turn for the worse Jacob is determined to find out about these peculiar children. What he finds out could actually lead him to more complication as he realizes the peculiar children could actually be dangerous and all of them might still be actually alive. Will Jacob fall into more danger in his quest to find about these peculiars or is danger already following him?

The plot was really refreshing and I enjoyed reading the way everything was executed in this book. Jacob is just a sixteen-year-old kid who used to believe in everything his grandfather said but as he grows up, he thinks all the stories are just his grandfather’s imagination until tragedy strikes. I liked the detailings of this book and the pictures although not terrifying were definitely creepy.

There were so many characters in this book and that added a lot of layers to it. I liked Jacob, although he was sometimes unsure about his decisions but he did handle them maturely. Miss Peregrine was a unique character, I definitely enjoyed reading about her and all the other peculiars were quite fascinating as well. Emma was another character on which this book focused more than the others, that was quite obvious with her history and I did like her character but

Emma was another character on which this book focused more than the others, that was quite obvious with her history and I did like her character but the romance between her and Jacob felt a bit odd. It felt a bit forced. Nonetheless, all the other aspects of this story were quite enjoyable.

Overall, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a great read! I enjoyed the plot and all the characters were unique. This book took us to a wild adventure which I greatly enjoyed. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I haven’t picked up the other books in this series yet but I hope to pick the up soon!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson

Release Date (US): September 30, 2016

My Rating: 3 stars


My Thoughts

  • I enjoyed the movie but not as much as the book.
  • The cinematography and the visuals were really, really good.
  • The cast was awesome! I loved Eva Green who played Miss Peregrine, she was so freaking fantastic. I also loved Ella Purnell who played Emma. But Asa Butterfield who played Jacob in this movie left me a little unsatisfied.
  • Although the romance is very little, I definitely liked it more in the movie.
  • I felt the movie focused on enjoyment rather than plot development.
  • Although there are quite a lot of difference in the movie from the book, the 2nd portion of the movie diverted a lot from the original and the ending was changed completely and that’s why the movie ended up being standalone. Maybe, that was the reason there was so much difference.
  • Nonetheless, I loved the acting and the action, especially the last fight was pretty enjoyable and I would definitely recommend this movie!

Lets Chat

So guys have you read the book and watched the movie? Or any one of them? What did you think about it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Author: Rick Yancey

Tittle: The 5th Wave

Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 1

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 460 pages, Paperback

Published: May 7th 2013 by Penguin Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.


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I wanted to read The 5th Wave for a long time but I couldn’t because I was kinda busy buying other books. Then I saw that the movie was coming out and it was the perfect opportunity for me to read the book before going to see the movie. So, I finally picked it up in December and I’m so glad I did because I absolutely loved the book.

Cassie had been living a pretty normal life just like any other high school student until the mothership arrives. After that nothing remains the same. Cassie along with her father and brother moves to a refugee camp but due to certain circumstances her brother gets seperated from her and she promised that would never happen. The 4th wave have already started, will Cassie even make it alive to rescue her brother in time or will all hell break loose?

We are pretty much familiar with alien invasion in books and movies but the concept of the waves was freaking awsome and brilliant. I was glued to the book from the very first page. The plot was executed really well and I enjoyed the suspense and the engaging action throughout the book. This book had multiple POVs which was definitely a plus because we got to know what all the characters were thinking. It was a bit confusing at first but I quickly got the heck of it. The training part in the military camp was a bit gruesome and I was suspicious of Vosch from the very beginning. But that plot twist, holy hell, I didn’t see it coming! It took me a few moments to process everything before I moved forward with the book.

The characters were one of the most important aspect of this book and I ended up liking them, very much. I really liked Cassie, she was a strong character and loyal to her promises. I loved her relationship with her little brother Sammy. No matter what the situation was, she never gave up on finding her brother. Evan’s character was a bit complex and he was definitely different but yeah I ended up liking him as well. I liked their romance but it was a bit too insta-lovey. I mean when he dropped the “L” bomb I was like when did this happen, where was I? Other than this aspect I pretty much enjoyed their relationship.

I was a bit confused obout what to feel about Ben Parish but as we proceeded, he quite grew on me. So yeah, I definitely liked him as well and I loved that he treated Sam like his own brother. Among his other squad members, I really liked Ringer, she was sassy and smart and took no bullshit. I pretty much hated Renzik because of how badly he treated everybody. Everything about the camp smelled fishy to me. Nonetheless, all the characters played an equally important role in this book. I absolutely loved how everything ended, well not everything because there was a bit of a cliffhanger but nonetheless I was satisfied.

Overall, The 5th Wave was an awsome book, it was fast paced and I couldn’t wait to finish this book as I pretty much raced through it. The concept and the plot was neatly executed and the characters were pretty great. The narrative style was a bit different but nonetheless I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to start the next book but unfortunately it will have to wait until my final exams are finished and until then the 3rd and the last book will come out as well. So I plan to read book 2 and 3 together. I reeeally hope April comes soon!

Recommend it?

Definitely yes!


The 5th Wave-  Movie Review

 

Director: J Blakeson

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

Release Date (US): January 22, 2016

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


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  • I really, really liked the movie. All the effects of the waves were vividly described and it was pretty fantastic. I specially liked the tsunami, yes it was a bit depressing but nonetheless it was a great scene as well.
  • Most of the significant episodes were executed differently but it stayed true to the plot. I mean, I can’t complain, it’s an adaptation after all but thankfully they didn’t change anything major.
  • The camp scene was cut short. In the book I think it consists of 30-40% but here it was just a few scenes and I think that was pretty okay because they had to fit everything within just a few hours in the movie.
  • Also the training of Ben and his team members were shown very less as well, there was barely one scene, I would have loved if they included a few more scenes.
  • I would have liked if they stuck to the original for only these two scenes- The big revelation occurred to Ringer in the book but here Ben figures that out and when Cassie comes to the military camp she recognises Ben and not the vice versa.
  • I loved that the the L word didn’t occur in the movie. Yet. So I am absolutely okay with it.
  • That peeping scene was absolutely not necessary but it was damn funny!
  • Oh and I pretty much ogled the screen because you know…
  • Other than that, I loved the acting and how everything was executed. I can’t wait to watch the next one!

Recommend it?

Yes. Even if you didn’t like the book, you should definitely give the movie a try.


Sooo guys, how many of you have read the book and watched the movie as well? What did you loved and hated the most about it? Share your thoughts with me!