Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Ever since I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I have been in love with the Peculiar series.  This book was no exception.  I was drawn in from the first page and didn't want the book to end.

If you're still unfamiliar with the Peculiar series, let me fill you in a bit: The series revolves around Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends.  Jacob gets involved in this world when his grandpa died.  His grandpa told him about this world shortly before he passed.  Jacob then found some photographs that led him on a journey to another country, another time, and a whole new world. 

Library of Souls, the final book in the series, starts right where the second book left off - with the peculiar children facing off against a Hollow.  The kids are led through adventure after adventure in their search to return their ymbryn, Miss Peregrine, to her human form.  Several of the kids get napped, leaving Jacob, Emma, the talking dog Addison to search for them in Devil's Acre.  They kill hollows, save their friends, and meet some new people - including Sharon, the boat driver who takes them to Devil's Acre.  Jacob gets torn from his friends when he is finally reunited with his parents, and Miss Peregrine makes an awesome discovery that affects Jacob and his Peculiar friends in the best way. 

This book, like the two before it, has well written characters, each with their own distinct personalities and traits.  It's easy to tell the difference between each character - and new characters are introduced with ease.  The dialogue in the book is excellent - and their are plenty of funny one-liners throughout the book. There were plenty of times I burst out laughing at something one of the characters said.

The plot flows smoothly as well - each event fits in well and the story moves from one event to the next well.  The things that happened in this book seemed plausible based on the context of the story and the genre. 

My favorite part of the book was what was on the hardcover - take off the jacket and you find all the peculiars signatures on the front of the book.  That's just nifty! 

Overall, if you haven't read this or the rest of the Peculiar series, get on it - they are great books that don't disappoint.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bout of Books

Hi all!  If you have checked out my blog AT ALL, you've probably figured out that I love doing reading challenges.  One of my favorites is the Dewey's 24 hour Readathon.  I have done it a couple times.  Well, I didn't get a chance to do the Dewey in April this year, but I did participate in spirit and read when I wasn't working and doing some family stuff. 

Anyway, I was looking around the Dewey Readathon Facebook page, and heard about the Bout of Books Reading Challenge.  It is a week long challenge in which each person just makes a commitment to read more in one week than they do normally.  Of course, my first thought was "Awesome, reading!"  That was followed closely by: "I have to sign up right now!"

So, dear blog followers, this is my official bout of books post.  If you want to learn more about this fun event, go visit their site or read this:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I am not sure what I will try to read during that week - I just know it's going to be fabulous, and I am going to try and get a lot of reading in.  I hope you'll join me!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

***Spoilers:  I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible, but a few always slip in.  So, if you haven't read the book yet, and absolutely do not want to know anything that happens, save this review for later.***
The 5th Wave, by author Rick Yancey, is a sci-fi alien invasion story that I assumed would be awesome!  I mean, alien invasion story?  Excellent, right?  Wrong.  So, so wrong.  Let's start with a basic premise of the story.
The human race has already survived the first four waves of the alien invasion (well some of them have survived.)  The first four waves were: Lights Out, Surf's Up, Pestilence, Silencer.  The 5th wave has no name.  The idea is simple though: take out the humans in any way possible.  Cassie, a sweet, nice 16 year old girl, is one of the survivors who must spend the book trying to survive the 5th wave of this alien invasion. 
Simple, somewhat promising premise: survive the alien invasion.  This premise leaves the doors wide open for some good action and adventure throughout.  But, that's exactly what doesn't happen.  The book is one long description of Cassie and Ben walking, bathing occasionally, meeting new people, and doing more walking.  There are three or four events in the book that are filled with tension.  That's it. 
In addition the lack of tension, there didn't seem to be any actual point to the book.  The whole idea was that this book was about an alien invasion, but it felt more like an episode of Seinfeld - if you're too young to know that show, it's the show based off the premise that "nothing happens."  It's a show about nothing.  That's how this book felt.
The characters in the book all sounded the same.  Cassie, the primary narrator, had the same voice as Ben, who had the same voice as Evan, who had the same voice as that alien/human who shot Cassie in the leg. They all had the same voice!  They all sounded like a bunch of underdeveloped, crabby girls who were mad because they couldn't get their way.  This was disappointing since I know that Mr. Yancey has written other books with characters that are actually different from one another.  It made me wonder: 1. Why everyone loved this book, and 2: Why this book was made into a move! 
Overall, if this book were to get a letter grade, it would be a D-, if only for the fact that it takes guts to blather on about nothing for 457 pages.  This is not a book I would recommend to others.