Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: June 7, 2011

Publisher: Quirk

Pages: 352 pages

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “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. 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 Review: I chose this book because once again I kept seeing it on Instagram and all the hype about it. I didn’t do much research about it, or really know what it was about. However I did think going in that this was a ghost/creepy/scary book. It wasn’t. So if you’re only interested in reading it because of that idea, this book is not for you.

If you like books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter (in the sense of a whole different world) and the movie, Looper. Then this book is for you! I kept comparing this book to those three things.

Also I wouldn’t really recommend this book for tweens as it suggests. There’s a whole lot of swearing in it.

With all that said, I do think this was a good book. Once I realized that it wasn’t what I thought it was, I was able to enjoy the story. The beginning is set up very creepy and old abandoned asylum style. So that’s really interesting. There’s a lot of mystery to it and Jacob has a lot to discover. Everything is well thought out and makes sense. As the reader you really want to know the answer to every single question Jacob has, because they are questions the reader has too! There was not any boring parts in the book either, it kept my attention enough that I finished the book in one sitting. The pictures add an awesome quality to the story because it illustrates for you what the author is talking about. Plus to be honest, the pictures is what probably made all of us want to read it! Definitely a very cool and awesome aspect to the book.

If you’re into different worlds, adventure stories, with a bit of creepyness to it, this book is a great fast and interesting read!

And Then There Were None Review


Title: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: May 3, 2004 (originally 1939)

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 264 pages

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

My Review: I wanted to read this because it is one of my moms favorite movies. She said the book was amazing as well. I was not disappointed at all with this book!

One of the things I remember saying to my mom was wow this book doesn’t have a lot of description, it’s all dialogue and I LOVE it!!!

I don’t even know how to “review” this book. I think it’s more me just talking about how I felt reading it.

It was so intriguing to have all ten people in a house, and seeing how they interact and suspect each other. The rhyme to go with it was awesome because you try to use it for clues. Everytime you think you have figure out who it was you get such a surprise because they are killed off too! Then FINALLY when you think you have it figured out it’s still not right! omg then you read to the end and you are like WOW. just WOW!

Very good. I think everyone who likes to read should try this book out.

Throne of Glass Review


Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Pages: 404 pages

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”

My Review: The reason I picked up this book was because I kept seeing it all over bookstagram. I love going on instagram and searching the tag bookstagram, I find so many books to add to my to read list. I usually try the books I see often, this was one of them.

The book was good for sure, but I feel like it didn’t live up to all of the hype. The writing and story are fantastic, I”m just not sure this was really my kind of book.

I’ll start with the things I did like. I love the main character Celaena. She is the ultimate female character. Think Rose Vampire Academy, Max from Maximum ride. She is an amazing character. I think she pretty much makes the book awesome. In fact her and her friend are probably the reason I will continue reading the series. She’s bad, strong, likes reading, funny, vulnerable, flawed, etc. Great character.

As this is a YA novel, we all know there is going to be two male love interests. I mean thats part of the reason YA novels are awesome! I started off the book loving Dorian, but somewhere it shifted that I could not stand him. He’s a good guy, just I don’t think he’s right for Celaena. She needs Chaol. I loved him! That’s another reason I loved this book. For anyone who has read Vampire Academy I am sensing a serious Rose/Dimitri vibe between Celaena and Chaol. I need to keep reading because I have to see what happens!

The story was good too, there was suspense and intrigue. My only issue is in the beginning its a bit slow and confusing like Game of Thrones. Until you figure out who each character is, the whole dynamic of the book. Like the cities, the kings names, the different places, etc. I’ve heard that the series gets stronger and stronger.

I would definitely recommend this book to YA readers who enjoy a good fantasy book, or even adults who enjoy Game of Thrones.

Tags & Bookish talk

I want to say hi to all my new followers! Thank you 🙂 I’ve been tagged to do some things, I’m guessing it’s a lot like instagram, where I just create blog posts with what I’ve been tagged with. I can’t really nominate yet because I don’t even follow enough blogs, the ones I do have already done these. Maybe you all can leave me some links of some of your favorite book blogs for me to check out!

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Drape Expectations Review


Title: Drape Expectations

Author: Karen Rose Smith

Release Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Kensington

Pages: 352 pages

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “These days, home stager Caprice De Luca’s calendar is a full house. Her grandmother’s health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she’s torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend’s house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice’s ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn’t surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer’s set list…

My Review: I got this book from NetGalley and doesn’t influence my review at all. This was my first book by Karen Rose Smith, and I was not disappointed. In fact I enjoyed this book so much that I want to go back and read the previous books!

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this because the main character decorates houses and I have no interest in decorations, but the characters ended up being so loveable that I couldn’t help but love it all.

So let me start off with the setting, one of the reasons I liked this book was once again like all cozy mysteries it has that small town feel to it that I just love. I also enjoyed how the book didn’t have too much description either because that takes away from a story.

I loved the characters, especially Grant. The fact that I was able to empathize with a lot of the characters tells me it’s a good book. When you are able to get sad because something happened in the book, you know the book is creating emotion in you! Also all the animals made the book even more enjoyable, I’m a sucker for animals.

The best part of the book was the plot! Oh my goodness! I am finding with the more mysteries I read the better I am getting at guessing who the killer is. I could not guess who the killer was in this book, and when I did omg! It left me saying wow this book! I must read more!

I would recommend this to everyone who loves a cozy mystery, but also to anyone who wants to try a cozy mystery for the first time!

Anna and the French Kiss – Review


Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: December 2, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 372 pages

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?”

My Review: First off let me say that I really thought I would dislike this book. For the sole reason that I generally do not like romance (I always seem to say this but then I end up being a total sucker for a romance novel). I think a part of this was because of the goodreads synopsis. It comes off as maybe this whole book is about romance and about Anna finding love. I felt like that wasn’t even the entire plot. I would describe this more as a teenagers life. There’s friend drama, family drama, good times, bad times, experimentation, love, hate, etc. All the real emotions and problems that a teenager/young adult will have as they are growing up and finding themselves. That is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. It did a pretty good job at showing real life.

My first impression, right from the first paragraph was, I’m going to love this book. I loved the writing style. It completely captured the way someone would think in their head. It was like banter/ramblings, the kind we all do in our heads, especially as we are thinking about things.

I am sitting here trying to think of what to write to back up why I want to recommend it to everyone but all I can think of is the characters are amazing! It is so cliché but it really does feel like you are engrossed in the story with them.

I loved that it wasn’t all romance, which I said before, there was some real life drama in there.

I loved the setting, the way Paris was described, and Anna’s troubles with being in a new city.

Ah just so good! If you like YA lit, this is a must read!!!

Upcoming Reads

So I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump and been so busy but my list of TBR books is growing! I have so many books on hold/currently checked out from my library! Well my library’s ebook collection. I prefer their ebooks because I have a scent allergy and sometimes the libraries books smell and it makes it too hard for me to read. I also have a whole bunch of ARCs from NetGalley 🙂 Check out all the goodies down below 🙂 As I read them, reviews will become available on my blog.

Which books have you read? Which are on your TBR? Thoughts?

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Isles of the Lost Review


Title: The Isles of the Lost

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 311 pages

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.”

My Review: This book was pretty good. I’m a sucker for anything that is Disney. I realized however that I am much more into the “good guys” than the evil ones. As the goodreads synopsis says, this book is about the kids of the villians that we all know and either love or hate. What I really liked about this book is that they kids of the evil villans we know, weren’t all that evil. They have a conscious and are struggling with who their parents really are.

My favorite character is Evie. She is your classic disney princess despite the fact that her mother is the Evil Queen. I also really liked Carlos who is Cruella de Vil’s son. They really balance out the gang. The author really wrote the characters well because you feel yourself empathisizing with the characters.

As for the plot it was good but I personally found it slow to start. I guess it’s not because the book was bad, there was just so much background information that we needed before the journey was to begin. When it did start it was really good. The way it ended was perfect too because you really want to find out what happens. The catch is that there are no other books, it will be a show/movie? on Disney/Family channel. Great concept!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Disney!

Mini Book Haul from Book Outlet


So I visited Book Outlet this past weekend, and I just picked up a few books. I’ve been trying really hard not to buy a lot of books lately (doesn’t work) so I was really good when I went.

If you all don’t know what Book Outlet is, quick open up Google and search it right away!

I picked up Fire with Fire by Jenny Han because I read Burn for Burn and I loved it, so I was pretty excited to see it at such a great price! Here is the cover if any of you are curious and the goodreads synopsis.


Goodreads Synopsis: “When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…”

We all know that I love a good cozy mystery. Awhile back I got into Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse mystery, and haven’t had a chance to read many of them, but when I saw this I had to get it.


Goodreads Synopsis: “Landmark coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has served her share of New York’s rich and famous, but even she is surprised by her explosive introduction to a mysterious Internet billionaire…

When a car bomb nearly kills tech whiz Eric Thorner, Clare comes to his aid and receives a priceless thank you. Not only does the billionaire buy her a barista’s dream espresso machine, he hires her for an extraordinary project: creating the world’s most expensive coffee blend.

The police quickly arrest Eric’s alleged attacker, yet death continues to surround the unlucky mogul, leading Clare to question whether a fatal fall and another lethal mishap are premeditated murders or merely freak accidents. Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, has a theory of his own—one Clare refuses to believe.

Meanwhile, Eric jets Clare around the world on a head-spinning search for the very best coffee, and Clare gets to know his world—a mesmerizing circle of money with rivalries that could easily have turned deadly. But is this charming young CEO truly marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing?”

Finally I still like tween books as a quick read here and there especially when I’m in a reading slump. They are quick and cute and remind me of why I fell in love with reading in the first place. So I saw this one and I have been wanting to read this series for a while, so I thought why not!


Goodreads Synopsis: “The secret is out–cheerleader Olivia and vampire Ivy are twins!

ow that Ivy and Olivia have told their friends that they’re twins, they have to come clean to their adoptive parents. But Ivy’s dad doesn’t even want to meet Olivia!

When the vampire officials realize Olivia knows the truth about vampires, they demand that she pass three tests to prove she’s worthy of sharing the secret. Yikes! One thing’s for sure–if the sisters can get through this, they can get through anything!”

Peaches and Scream Review

Title: Peaches and Scream  23604316

Author: Susan Furlong

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Pages: 304

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: “In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…

To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking…”

My Review: I loved this book! I love shows like Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie, where its just a small town. This book reminded me a lot of those shows in the sense that it had that small town feel to it. Nola comes back after being away and is quickly transported back into the southern world of Georgia and into her families peach farms. The setting is perfect for a nice cozy mystery. I loved all the characters. They all were so distinct from one another, with a lot of southern charm. The description of the peach stuff was amazing. I am a big fan of peaches (I eat them all summer long every summer) so I loved that there was a lot of description about Nola on her peach farm. There was like every good book, two different love interests. The mystery was amazing. Through out the book I kept questioning every character. I often switched who my prime suspect was, and then right at the last minute I was shocked! I couldn’t figure it out. Brilliant!

If you like cozy mysteries, southern charm, small town settings, and peaches this book is a great one to read!