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November 2015

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time, but never got around to it. It had a lot of hype, so I expected it to be pretty good. But honestly, I didn’t think that it was that good. I’m not sure why so many people have praised the book for being so amazing.

Synopsis: 

So, for those of you who don’t know what the book is about, it’s about a boy named Jacob who is very close to his grandfather while he’s growing up. His grandfather had a hard life, but he didn’t really know the extent of it, because he was always listening to the stories that his grandfather would tell him. Jacob was amazed by them and believes them when he was younger, but as he grows older he just sees them as stories that his grandfather would tell as a sort of fairy tale. What Jacob doesn’t know, is how real they are.

“We cling to our fairytales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”

So, as Jacob gets older he just thinks his grandfather is losing his mind which is why he told those stories. But, one day he gets a call from his grandfather who is scared because he needs a key, which is the key to the guns that have been locked away. So, Jacob tells his father who makes Jacob go and check on his grandfather with one of his friends named Ricky.

When they get to the house they see that it’s totally a mess. It looks like someone had come in and tried to find something important to steal. But, Jacob knows this is just how his grandfather is just scared because he probably forgot to take his meds that day. So, Jacob goes into the forest to where he thinks that his grandfather must be. And while he’s walking in the woods he just keeps getting this weird feeling. So, walking further into the woods he finds his grandfather laying face down with gashes on his front. Jacob can’t believe this, and is scared. As his grandfather is dying he tells Jacob

“Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940.”

But, Jacob saw something the night that his grandfather died. He wasn’t sure what it was, but he knew that he saw something. Even if his friend Ricky didn’t see, he knew what he saw. He thought that maybe he was going crazy like his grandfather though because the thing that he saw was something out of nightmares.

So, Jacob knows that he now must find this island that his grandfather wanted him to go to. He has to know all the secrets that have been kept from him for so long.

Impression: 

At first I thought that the book would be pretty cool because it had all the weird photos in it, and it was just something so new that I had never seen before. I did really like the story, but some parts just seemed too far fetched, and I didn’t like the ending that much. It just didn’t captivate me like I thought that it would. I’m sure that I will read the next book, because it was set up perfectly for another story, but I just don’t know if I will get around to that very soon. But I think that I just expected more from the book and that was why I don’t think that I gave it five stars.

Characters: 

Jacob: While he isn’t the best character to read from, I thought that he was a pretty decent character. The only thing was that there wasn’t anything special about him, he was just normal. He was pretty sad to read from him sometimess because he just wasn’t that interesting of a character. I wish that they had made him a stronger character then he was. I also felt like the relationship between him and Emma was pretty forced. I mean I didn’t think that there was a good connection between them. She pretty much just wanted him because he looked like his grandfather who was used to be in love with. But for the most part I didn’t connect with him, so that’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t like him that much.
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Emma: I also didn’t like her that much. I mean I get that she was upset that Jacob’s grandfather had left her, but really? She had so much time to get over him because it’s not like he even came back for her. He started a family with another women and just left her. If that doesn’t shout move on, then I don’t know what does. So, I also just didn’t like her in general, there was just something about her that I didn’t like and I can’t place my finger on it.

The rating that I would give it out be 4 stars. I would have to say that that’s pretty generous because I don’t know if it’s actually worth that in the end. I think that many people can also agree because I don’t see the specular book that this was supposed to be.

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Catching Fire Review

So, I know that this book is older but I decided that I would review it since I never have and thought that it was about time!

I would have to say that this is probably my all time favorite book from the series. I mean it was the first one that I read. At the time they didn’t have the first one in the library, so I just got the second one, and from there I just fell in love. I loved the fact that they are thrown back into the arena, but they have to really work together. And I just think that it was the first good dystopian novel that I read, that I honestly really fell in love with. Many of the books that I was reading at the time weren’t that good, so I was finally glad to be able to pick up a book and not want to put it down.

Had I read the first book first, I’m sure that I would have been very shocked that Katniss, Peeta, or Haymitch had to go back into the arena. I mean it’s a huge thing since these people who are the victors aren’t supposed to have to ever fight in something like this again. That was the whole point in winning The Games. Getting the riches was just another perk of not having your name being drawn each year.

I think that another thing I really enjoyed were the characters. I felt like Katniss and Peeta were more mature after I read the first book. Like the first time they were just these scared kids, but now they are something more than that. They are ready to fight because they know that they are the reason they are really being thrown back into the arena. Since they know that, they know that the president is waiting for them to die, but they can’t let that happen. I also felt that Katniss had more of a reason to stay alive. She wanted to for the sake of Petta, because she had to protect him, but was ready to die so he could win the whole thing.

I LOVED the Katniss and Peeta relationship. I was pretty much rooting for them the whole time because I’ve loved them together from the start. I honestly didn’t like Gale that much, I thought that he was just a baby the whole time. I get that he’s had to work hard to even get food on his table, but I just didn’t like his character that much. And I felt like he was always feeling sorry for himself, so that was another thing that I did hate about him.

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Yes, I do wish that was me like many other girls!
I think that Katniss overall is a very brave girl and that’s why I like her character so much. I’ve always hated reading those books where they have the girl characters being the ones who need help. Well, we know that Katniss isn’t like that. And I also think that Haymitch was a little more bearable in this book than the first one. Since I read this one first, I thought that he was a pretty good guy, but I hated him in the first book. I honestly thought that he was an awful man.

Another thing that I really liked was the arena, I thought that it was good. There was something about it that I liked more, I thought that it was better than the first one that they had. I mean the characters really had to try and find the resources that they needed, but it also had many different ascents, like the different hours and the terror that it brings. So, I thought that was pretty awesome!

So, my overall rating for this book is five stars! I think that the book is amazing, and I loved all the characters throughout the story. I think that the new characters in the story really made it enjoyable and that it’s not just the same ones, because sometimes that can get annoying.

Review of Legend

I really enjoyed this book overall. I thought that it was very well written, but there were parts that were very easy to predict. That was the only thing that I didn’t like about it. At some parts it was just like any other teen book that you would read. So, I didn’t like that aspect.

It’s a good story that’s very action packed. It is about a boy named Day and a girl named June. The story is told from both their sides and switches between both stories every chapter. But, both Day and June couldn’t be more opposite from each other. Day is is a criminal who no one knows exactly what he looks like. No one has been able to capture him and he’s been living on the road for years. June is a very privileged girl who is 14 and is going to college because she scored so high on her exam. The highest you can get on the exam is a 1500 and that’s exactly what she got.

So, both are totally opposites, but their stories start to come together after something bad happens with June’s brother. Day is made out to be the killer of her brother because he was the last person who was seen with him. At first I couldn’t believe that because he seemed like he would be an important part of the series. But that’s until we find out that Day isn’t the one who stilled him. It was actually Day’s brothers best friend. Though Day is thrown in jail for this, and many other things. June soon finds out that Day was not the one who killed him.

I had a feeling at some point that Day and June would start to like each other. I don’t want to say that they fell in love though, because I don’t believe that they did. I think that it was just one of those things were they had a deep connection when they first met. It was just something that happened between them. And I think that because the Republic is such a terrible place, and Day and June lost so much that they were able to find solace with each other. They could connect because they both lost a lot a lot and could rely on each other. Sometimes it made me sad reading the books because I felt so bad for both characters, and I also wanted to kill some of the other characters!

I think that Rick Grimes is able to show how I did feel about those characters! But I did really like Day’s character. I think that I just felt so bad for him, that I just was able to really feel for him. I think that at times June was just a tad annoying because she was so confused about what to do with Day and the whole Republic. But, Day was such a kickass character that you couldn’t hate him. All the crimes that he did, he never killed. That is the one thing that no one ever got, but he still never did. And he was a caring person under the hard exterior that he had on the streets.

So, overall I thought that this was an amazing book, and you should totally check it out, because it’s worth the read. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t pick this book up before! If you do read this, then you won’t be disappointed!

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