Sunday, 11 December 2016

Book review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. 
An abandoned orphanage. 
A strange collection of curious photographs. 

It all waits to be discovered inMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, 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 bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's 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.

My opinion.
I had very high hopes for this book. I don't think I'd ever seen a lay-out more detailed, original and beautiful in a regular paperback edition. The creepy old pictures alone were such an incredible thing to have added. It really brought the descriptions to live. It did very little, however, to actually draw me into the story - it turned out. It felt like one big build up that never had its climax. In books like this the thing I like most is the escapism - loosing yourself for a couple of hours in another, magical, world. That didn't happen. Add the fact that they've now made a huge movie adaptation, I felt a bit disappointed. It wasn't a bad read, of course, it was very original throughout and at times really fascinating, but I'm pretty sure I won't be reading the rest of the series. Too bad!


Watch this space to find out how I liked the movie, compared to the original book.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Blog Tour: On Thin Ice - Aven Ellis (Dallas Demons #4)

Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation: 

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author. 
2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills. 
3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Yet Holly is drawn to the other side of Matt—the man she knows has always been thoughtful and easy to talk to whenever she’s been alone with him. It is this Matt that fueled the crush Holly has on him. And she knows it will always be just that—a secret crush.

Or will it?

Because when Matt helps Holly through a crisis, her heart begins to believe that there might be feelings on his part, too. After a night of hard partying puts Matt in jeopardy with the Dallas Demons, can Holly be the one to save him? And when Matt admits he sees her as more than Nate Johansson’s sister, will it put both of them on thin ice? 

My opinion.
It's no secret that I've enjoyed every single one of Aven's novels, ever since she first published her debut "Connectivity". With On Thin Ice though, she wrote my favourite one of hers yet. All Aven's leading ladies are inspiring, beautiful girls you'd be lucky to have as your friend. With Holly Johansson she takes this to a whole new level. Not only did Holly feel like a best friend from the start, I recognized so much of myself in her. 
Holly is the heroine of the quirky, nerdy girl. She proves that, although it is faaaar from easy, being yourself without fear of judgment and overcoming your fears is worth it. Something we could all learn from..
The fact that she's encouraged in this by a very sexy, sweet, smart and funny male lead is of course the ultimate bonus ;-) Another perfect book boyfriend - thank you, Aven!
As a couple they face their share of obstacles. Some maybe a bit predictable, but when both of them open up, you find out there's much more to them - and their relationship - than you'd first assume. The connection they have is intimate, romantic and gaaaah I just love how they both see the best in each other, even when they don't see it themselves. I couldn't think of two characters better suited for each other.
On Thin Ice made me laugh and cry, and left me hopelessly in love with Holly and Matt's story.


About Aven Ellis

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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