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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children // Ransom Riggs
Young Adult // Mystery, Fantasy (Paperback)
Jacob and his family go through a difficult time and it’s then Jacob finds himself traveling with his father to explore. The family loss and exploring lead him to a home where he meets some children who are…peculiar (You saw it coming, right?) These children don’t have everyday lives and Jacob learns all about it while keeping you wanting to flip through the pages and read ahead.
First thoughts: After reading the prologue, I’m somewhat sucked in. I want to know more about Jacob, his grandfather, and the stories.
Halfway: Every chapter goes deeper and deeper into the stories. I feel like I’m reading two stories at once (in the best way possible!) The creepiness comes and goes, but I’m so nervous for Jacob and what more he may find out and I feel like there’s been a couple of hints dropped recently of what’s to come, which makes me excited to read on.
Emotions after last page: Oh my gosh! Give me the next book! Good thing I waited so long to read these because now the series is all available 🙂 I’m ready for the movie to come out too! I got sucked in right away and almost every page kept me wanting to know more. Each time I found something out about the children, they become more and more peculiar.
5 out of 5
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) // Felicia Day
Felicia Day was like any child. Okay, not really, because the way she describes it is nothing that I can imagine living. After graduating from college early, with a math degree, she moved to Hollywood to act. After some rather interesting gigs, Felicia turned to what she knew best, gaming, and started writing a show around it, which lead to The Guild and so much more interesting stories that Felicia tells very well (audiobook recommended!)
First thoughts: I’ve heard of Felicia Day. I know she’s a “geek”, but that’s it. Grab this because I was looking for an audiobook for my drive to/from the NASA Social (#geek) and it’s nice to hear Felicia tell the stories of her childhood and her hippie family ways. While I was never a big MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) gamer (Sims is still a favorite though!), her and I have things in common. The biggest one: spending a lot of teenage time online “meeting” people, and then meeting them in person a couple of times (I’m still friends with a couple to this day.)
Halfway: I’m really enjoying the stories. Felicia is quirky and even makes a couple of jokes about it, even saying she was quirky because it was “a thing.” Hearing her talk about her acting start and then producing on online show (The Guild), I started getting even more interested in it all and wanting to watch it online.
End: I feel like if I was to write a book, this is how it would sound, but mine wouldn’t be as funny or as together as this 😉
3.5 out of 5
Young Adult // Action, Adventure (Audiobook and Kindle)
The Penderwick family are spending their vacation in a new to them location. The four sisters meet the owner’s son and soon the adventures begin…and never end. The problem is the owner isn’t as fond as the girls as they are of her son and the groundskeepers.
First thoughts: There’s a lot of people in this story. All four children are girls and it’s going to be hard to keep track of who’s who, personalities, who’s oldest, etc.
Halfway: There’s been so much going on with each of the girls and Hound (their dog), that as an only child, this is what I imagined having siblings being like. The people that the girls have met have added so much to the story and adventures! The girls definitely have their own personality traits, which makes them a little easier to tell them apart.
Emotions after last page: Even though this book is for a younger crowd, I really enjoyed the story and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. There were a few times that I would forget the girls were quite young. Guess I forgot what it was like to be that age and have a crush on the random older guy 😉
3.5 out of 5