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

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a series I have wanted to start for about two years and this December I finally got round to it making it my final book of 2015.

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This creepy YA Fantasy-Mystery is both aesthetically pleasing and beautifully written it is the story of Jacob a young boy who has a close relationship with his Grandfather. This Grandfather has always told him stories and Jacob has come to an age when he realises than his Grandfathers tales are more like fairy-tales then the rock solid truth he had always believed them to be. With his Grandfather’s health failing and his own fathers difficult relationship with his Grandfather all tied in with Jacob’s mental heath issues, Jacob visits his Grandfather in search of answers. Only to witness something on his arrival that is so shocking it will change his life forever.

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Jacob is lead by the stories he was told as a child to England and a creepy, dead deserted house with nothing there but burnt belongings and the ghosts of a past long gone. But Jacob soon finds that this house is more than it seems, that the world from his Grandfathers tales might not be gone after all and it might be his destiny to be part of it after all.

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Told with genuine antique photographs the pictures add to the creepy feel of the story and help Jacob’s Grandfather’s tales come to life bringing the Peter Pan esk world into reality of Children who live forever, who never die.

I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I felt great empathy for Jacob’s story I loved learning about the Peculiar Children and I can’t waited to jump right in with book 2. To find out what will happened to Miss Peregrine, Jacob and the rest of the Peculiar gang! The Miss Peregrine series is being adapted to film for 2016 – Directed by Tim Burton this is something to look forward to in the up and coming year the film stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Asa Butterfield as Jacob.

This first book in the series has 4/5 Paint and Butterflies Rating!

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Happy reading xoxo

 

 

My Top 15 Books in 2015!

2015 has been a really great year for reading I completed my Goodreads reading challenge for the first time EVER  and have been making an attempt to expand my reading choices- In no particular order here is my top 15 books of 2015!

  1. Like a Virgin by Gorgon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a play centered around two teenage girls and the bubble gum drama that surrounds their everyday lives, for those looking to start reading plays I highly recommend. Check out my review click here.

2. Saga Vol 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 

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Saga was my big introduction to the world of graphic novels and boy was I happy to have been introduced. I really enjoyed the love story between the main characters and their trials and tribulations due to their inter-species romance and baby together not to mention the war going on around them. I have now read volume 2 and plan to read volume 3 soon!

3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman

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Prisoner of Night and Fog is a young adult novel set in the lead up to the Second World War. Gretchen had been brought up in Hitlers inner circle and he is known to her as the loving and kinds ‘Uncle Dolf’ it is only when she meets a young Jewish journalist that she realizes that her world as she knows it might not be as she seems. This was one of the first books I read in 2015 and one of my favourite books of the year I absolutely recommend.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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I don’t normally like high school books but Perks is such a beautifully written story. Perks of being a wallflower is the story of Charlie a quiet high school boy who is just finding himself, his friends and coming to terms with some deep rooted issues. Perks is a heartbreaking novel but at the same time so, so beautiful.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  by J.K Rowling

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2015 was the year of Harry Potter (well for me at least) I have been a long time fan of the films but have never actually read the books which as ‘reader’ is shocking. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favourite of the seven mainly because there is so much Lupin he is my favorite character in the books and the films and it was so great to read the more well developed book version of him and to read the Harry Potter series in its entirety.

6. The History Boys by Alan Bennett

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Unlike Like a Virgin ,which, when I bought it I was naive to the plot and author when I bought The History Boys I had heard of the play, the stage play and the film. The cast is filled with well known actors and it was the plays reputation that lead me to reading it. The History Boys follows a group of Ox-bridge hopefuls and their and their teachers journey together and their attempt in getting the young hopefuls into the prestigious universities. The dialogue in this play is insane so worth reading, I only wish I could have seem it live!

7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence

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Class crossing classic love story a really interesting read.

8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Alien/Human love story – four people three bodies- perfect. My Review

9. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Beautiful Irish immigration story with a love triangle to boot, all I need now is to see the film. My Review

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me was my first read of 2015 I was drawn in to the Dystopian world that the prisoner Juliet embodies. She is the girl who can’t be touched, who can’t touch anyone or they will die. But some how I was enthralled in a love triangle to end all love triangles. I still need to read book 2 and three in this young adult series but as things stand  I am currently rooting for Adam.

11. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This was my last read of 2015, this book is a creepy YA read the story is told along side authentic antique photographs of children much like the little girl on the cover. The story follows Jacob whose Grandfather dies mysteriously in his arms. Jacob discovers his Grandfather has a deep, dark secret and encouraged by his Grandfathers dying words Jacob becomes determined to find out the truth.

12. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I’m sure this book needs no introduction but as of 2015 I was a newbie to the Divergent fandom. I have only read Divergent but am relatively update with the other books because I have seen all the films. Really enjoyed the Dystopian world created by Veronica Roth and Four… Four!

13.Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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What if you could live forever? My Review

14. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Literature, love and Shadowhunters this is Cassandra Clare at her brilliant best. In celebration of Shadowhunters t.v show starting on Freeform in January next year I will be doing a Mortal Instruments reading challenge to refresh my memory for the up- coming series.

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15. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwall

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Historical fiction novel following the Danish/Vicking invasion of Britain this book follows Uhtrud a young Elderman  captured by the Danes and raised to be like them and too love them. When is re-captured by the Saxon thanks to his Elderman status Uhtrud must choose is he a Saxon or is he a Dane and who is he really fighting for. In the life and times of Alfred the Great this book is set in a period when England was created, it is violent and dangerous world but so compelling and full of characters that I just wanted to know more and more.

And because I some how forgot to make it part of this list I would like to add an honorable mention. 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes Me Before You is probably the book I have talked about on my blog the most this year and am really excited for the up and coming movie. Click here for an update on the movie and Click here to read my review.

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I hope you enjoyed my top 15 of 2015- Happy reading X

 

My Favourite 12 Wintery Book Covers!

Winter is coming (sorry for the Game of Thrones reference) but with winter just around the corner I thought I would take a look at some of my favourite Wintery book covers which get me in the mood for the months to come and to be honest are just really pretty.

1.P.S I Love  You By Cecelia Ahern

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P.S  I Love You is the beautiful love story of Holly and Gerry when Gerry the love of her life dies of terminal cancer (not a spoiler) Holly must learn to live her life again. But as the days tick on and Holly starts to live her life alone Gerry she finds out before he died Gerry arranged to send her love letters for the year of his death. The man who was always there for her was still helping her even from beyond the grave.

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P.S I Love you is one of my favourite books of all time it is so sad but in the most beautiful way, I read it a really long time ago now and I remember  how I felt when I was reading it more than anything else. If you have seen the film – read the book, the film just doesn’t do this wonderful book justice.

2.Untold (Book 2) By Sarah Rees Brennan

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Untold is book two in the Lynnburn Legacy series the series follows a budding journalist named  Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this series sure does do erring well  it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next. To check out my review of book 1 click here.

3.Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi

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A complicated, passionate dystopian love story. Shatter Me is book one in a trilogy it’s great go check it out!

4.Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte

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A dark gothic, twisted  love story between young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff a classic novel by Emily Bronte set on the Yorkshire Moors. The novel and its characters are driven by hate, jealousy, and a dark, dark love Catherine and Heathcliff leave chaos in their wake and are never sorry for it.

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5.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

6.Where the Moon Isn’t By Nathan Filer (also published as The Shock of the Fall)

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While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back…

7.Stardust By Neil Gaiman

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Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

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8.The Name of the Wind By Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

9.The Bronze Horseman By Paullina Simons 

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During the summer of 1941 the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.

10.Alias Hook By Lisa Jensen

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“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
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Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

11.My True Love Gave to Me By Stephanie Perkins

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12 Adorable short stories written by well known and beloved Young Adult authors such as Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, Kelly Link the whole book is edited by Stephanie Perkins really cute and great for the run up to Christmas.

12.Frostfire By Amanda Hocking

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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Hope you in enjoyed my winter book covers to check out my summer book covers click here, happy reading everyone!

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