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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Rating: 3/5
Summary: Jacob believes his grandfather's tales of the magical home he stayed in as a child and the "peculiar" children that lived there with him are just fantasy. Then, when his grandfather is murdered by a monster than only Jacob sees, he embarks on an adventure that opens the door to a world he never knew existed.
Review: Eh, I had high hopes for this book based on the description but I was disappointed in a few things, most of all the ending. I feel like Riggs rushed to finish the book and left it wide open and inconclusive. Also, looking back on the plot line I can almost tell that Riggs found all these photos first and then wrote the story around them. The romance and relationships felt forced and unrealistic. Overall, this wasn't a great book but it wasn't awful either. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are sincerely bored.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Update: Currently reading and future posts

I am currently reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and will post a review when I finish. However, I'm warning you all now, I am 37 weeks pregnant and may be delivering my baby in the next few days/weeks and most likely will NOT have the opportunity (or desire) to post a blog review. So if you don't see anything from me for awhile, just know I will get back to it eventually and keep checking or sign up for posts by email at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Review: Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Rating: 5/5
Summary: In this sequel to Ender's Game we follow Ender as an adult in a future in which he's skipped thousands of lightyears and is now a Speaker for the Dead as he did for the Buggers in the first book. He has traveled to one of the "Hundred Worlds" and must help a new species of alien justify their existence and to speak the deaths of some important, and not so important, people on the planet.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. I had heard from several friends that this is too philosophical and not as good as Ender's Game but I found it just as entertaining, although a little sad, and much more adult. I appreciate the deeper meanings in the plot and the depth of the characters and if you liked the ending of the previous book, you will definitely enjoy reading this. Card is a very talented writer and really draws the reader in to his character development and the plots with plenty of surprises and interesting relationships. Definitely a "must read" if you liked the first.

Buy it here: Speaker for the Dead (Ender, Book 2)