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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs Review

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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AmazonBook DepositorySeries: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Published by Quirk Books on January 14, 2014
Pages: 396
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
five stars Hollow City by Ransom Riggs Review
The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

It’s safe to say that this book takes it up a notch from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. We get more action, more adventure, more hallows! We meet some interesting characters, including some talking animals, and we meet some new peculiars.

I really liked how we got to see Jacob come into his power of sensing the hallowgasts (or hallows… it gets a little confusing at times). He seems to come to terms with it a bit better in this book, even having some dreams about it.

I love the world in this book. Okay, sort of plural “worlds” but you know. There are a few loops that they get to visit once they leave their own including World War II London. In that loop, Riggs touches on how children of the time were effected by the war at hand. I feel like history books tend to focus on the big things, the adult things, but I’ve rarely seen a child’s perspective of that time — aside from a few episodes of Doctor Who.

There’s also a really cool picture of a building that was frozen from the inside out, and I thought having a peculiar with freezing capabilities was a genius explanation! Whaaat. Homegirl froze a whole building including some scary creatures and people who were in it?! That’s awesome.

That being said, I liked how natural the connections between the pictures and the story were. It’s rather magical reading a bit of the story and seeing on another page the picture that goes with it. WILD.

AND THAT ENDING. I thought… well, I thought… I don’t know! It was so cool! I need the third book because I’m pretty sure Jacob is now a total badass for what he does at the end of Hollow City. I CAN’T. LET’S GO. I mean, Ransom Riggs, take your sweet time because this book was so good and oh I will surely attempt patience for the next book filled with an amazing adventure with my favorite peculiars!

five stars Hollow City by Ransom Riggs Review


BookTube News: Bank Robberies and BookTubing Picasso!

So stinkin’ happy it’s Friday! I can always look forward to searching for awesome BookTube videos, whether they be discussion-y or crazy fun times. Sometimes both.

10 Things I Love About BookTube by Sarah Churchill
Sarah points out some wonderful things about the BookTube community and all the ways being a BookTube blogger has affected her life. Whether you’ve been a BookTuber for quite some time or need some encouragement, watch this video!

BlondeBookBee talks about why she doesn’t go to the library. WHAAAT. Okay, just watch the video before you go judgin’.

DylanBooks told me about Booktuber speed drawing challenge
These are hilarious! I could kind of guess some of them, but I guess drawing a person in a short amount of time is rather difficult. Great job!

Jessi_Squeakers on Twitter linked me to a video about spoilers by Bookables
Heather talks about the timing in which it’s finally okay to talk about book spoilers.

Did I miss something? Submit videos to the BookTube News tumblr! I’m always happy to accept submissions, questions, and love for the BookTube community.


March Book Haul + Panic Read Along!

Yeah, so, I totally bought around $80 worth of books this past week. Ahhhh. And then I got a few books from the library, Quirk Books, and one of my friends. So. Many. Books. I am so grateful for the chance to show you all these books! I’m so excited about ALL OF THEM!


The Books! (Not really in order, but okay!)
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Panic by Lauren Oliver + Read Along Group
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Hold Still by Nina Lacour
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
How To Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin w/ Dustin Fenstermacher
Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (Really loving this book so far!)

Not pictured:
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd


Control by Lydia Kang

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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AmazonBook DepositorySeries: Control
Published by Penguin on December 26, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
four half stars Control by Lydia Kang
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

I identify so much with the main character as a protective older sister. She was a bit judge-y about her sister’s lifestyle, but I know I was the same way when my sister was in high school and I thought I knew soooo much better. Of course, I was locked away in my room blogging, not learning important science things like Zelia.

I feel like Zelia isn’t one of those characters you’d say “Oh she’s weak” or “oh she’s strong” at first glance. Sure, she’s a bit bossy to her sister, but totally submissive to her dad because he apparently knows her best. Especially when he wants her to switch from learning science to history. Say what?! She’s good at Science. Sure, she’d be good at History too, no doubt, but “it’s for your own good” is such a terrible answer. I get that he’s not trying to force her to marry, he’s just trying to keep his family under the radar, but still.

It was really cool that Zelia used her power of learning and knowledge of science to get her plan to moving along. She didn’t settle and say, “All right, we’ll do it your way, gang.” because as an older sister, I know I would never just sit and let someone else plan the saving of the day.

I love how Marka is understanding even when she’s scolding Zelia for running off alone. I’m glad Zelia owns up to it though rather than just being all cocky like, “I’m right! You don’t understand me! Wah!”

Flailing because Cy says “Zel, I don’t like talking down to you.” He’s not a creepy dude. Well, SOMETIMES he is. Sigh.  When he’s being secretive it’s his own brooding thing, not anything really against Zelia. He treats her as an intellectual equal (when he’s turned off the Jerk mode).

four half stars Control by Lydia Kang


BookTube x Craftube : Papier Mache TBR Jar!

One day, I was trying to figure out what to do with an extra advanced readers copy (ARC) of a book all the while trying to figure out how to spice up the look of my To Be Read (TBR) jar. And the two thoughts collided… Why not a papier mache TBR jar?! Brilliant! Now, how to I even make papier mache? To the internet I went. I found this lovely no boil recipe that was rather easy.

One the papier mache dried, I used water color paints to put on stripes and a Sharpie fine point marker and wrote “Meant To Read”. Inspired by Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, of course!

What should I make next with old ARCs? Let me know in the comments below!

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