Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Series: N/A
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Published September 21st, 2017
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
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Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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Orange – The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

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Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

Series: Orange #1, #2 and #3

Publisher: Seven Seas

Published January 26th, 2016

Genres: YA, Manga, Romance, Time Travel

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

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A Plea From the Future

On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? This is the heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over million copies in print in Japan!

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Review: The Story Traveler by Max Candee

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The Story Traveler by Max Candee

Series: Standalone

Published by Helvetic House

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Middle Grade

Pages: 239

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

  • Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

Stories aren’t real … or are they?

Fifteen-year-old Haley Spade is enrolled in an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut. This school has a grim mythology: Everyone believes that the angry ghosts of six students who committed suicide decades ago still haunt its halls.

On a dare, Haley spends a night wandering through the “haunted” building. But she takes a wrong turn into a dizzying adventure of stories made real, stories within stories, worlds within worlds. She encounters magical creatures like the King of the Cats, a shapeshifting crow, elves—and a menace far more terrifying than any ghost.

Suspenseful, fast and rooted in several fairy tales, The Story Traveler captures our yearning to be more than what we are. Haley’s bizarre journey will leave her and the reader wondering: What is reality?

Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult adventure.

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Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (no spoilers)

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Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Published by Quirk Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery,  Time Travel, Historical Fiction, …

Pages: 458

Format: Paperback

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The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.

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OMG I LOVED IT!!! I love this series soooooo much!! And this last book was the perfect end to the Peculiar trilogy! But… I want more of this world, dang it! LOL It ties up all plot threads, adds more to the mythology of the Peculiar world, and gives us a stressful, nail-biting conclusion that had me on the edge of my seat.

The world is described so freaking awesomely and fully. It has lots of twists and details!

The souls explanation part, that was sad terrifying and revolting. They actually physically disturbed me. Seeing how this aspect of Peculiar life impacts everything else was eye-opening. It makes you see how a “different” person in any aspect is treated in the world, even now-a-days if you think a bout it.

I also loved all the depth we get to Peculiar history. We learn all the answers for how Hollows came about and get to see into the stronghold of them and the Wights. The actual body that is the title of the book, the Library of Souls, was a very intriguing idea.

(I also love how you can relate so much of the world we have to this book in a fantastic way. For example, how power can overcame you and turn you into a dumb-ass LOL)

The characters were just as vibrant as in the other books and to know more of them, was amazing! Getting to know a bit more of Jacob’s powers as they grew and expanded was especially interesting. His powers play a pivotal role in the book’s ending but not in a way that one would expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. I also loved getting to explore Emma’s and Alma’s pasts more as well.

I also enjoyed meeting some new faces who would play big roles in the overall story. Bentham and his gray view of the world kept me intrigued; I loved exploring the Peculiar conflict through his eyes, siding with whomever could give him the better deal. Sharon was also a fun addition. He was a very cool character. And very different from what I initially thought he would be.

The whole book was filled with intense action, constant chases, frantic escapes, and a final showdown that blew my mind. That end…

The Things I liked: 

  • To know a whole new world again and again through loops, and especially this horrifying one.
  • The characters development was amazing, as were their peculiarities.
  • I loved how friendship and love take such a big role in this book.

 

FINAL WORDS

This book was amazing, and I am dying to dive in this story again!! In the second one we were introduced to the Tales of the Peculiar that will turn out to be a book and I am soon excited for it!!! ❤

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Have you read this books?

What do you think about them?

Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (no spoilers)

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Hollow City 

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery,  Time Travel, Historical Fiction, …

Pages: 396

Format: Paperback

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September 3, 1940.

Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.

And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

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. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Hollow City draws readers into a richly imagined world of telepathy and time loops, of sideshows and shapeshifters – a world populated with adult “peculiars”, murderous wights, and a bizarre menagerie of uncanny animals. 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 reading experience.

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The first book is amazing and I loved it but,…

This book in my opinion was even better than the first one guys! If you got disappointed with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because it was not horror but other than that you thought it was not a bad book? Give this one a try! IT’S SO GOOD! If you stopped in the first novel because of that, really try it again! This one is for sure creepier! FOR ME I LOVED THE FIRST ONE SUPER MUCH but this one is just such a good sequel ❤

Hollow City is a nightmare. In this one, you will NOT know what will happen next until it blows up in you face.

That said, it has definitely more action than the first one (although it started pretty slow) it had sooo many things happening afterwards that you can’t put the book down; I see the first book as an introduction to everything – the characters that we can actually see in the photos and the world that is so well described; but this one? I can’t even… So many emotions! So many things wrong with the world, so much unfairness, SO much happening.

We had the pleasure to meet the amazing peculiar children in the last novel, in this one we go with them all over the world to try to save Miss Peregrine. We meet a lot more peculiar children and we are introduced to a lot of new cool peculiarities.

There is a quest to bring the group’s ymbryne to Miss Wren, whose first name is

since she is the only ymbryne that is not captured, but it won’t be easy to find! ….

And that ending?? I NEED the third book NOW!

The Things I liked: 

  • The journey through a war torn London was very well done, and I liked the irony of our kids making their way there on the train while so many other children were being evacuated out of the city. I think the decision to continue the story in 1940’s was awesome!
  • The introduction of a few more peculiars were welcomed, whether they be in the book only for a short time, or seemingly joining the group for the rest of their adventure. It’s always interesting to see what wacky peculiarities they have. The main character of Jacob also seemed like a new character, simply because as his peculiarity grow, he tends to be more confident, and less chicken than in the first book.
  • I won’t tell much about this part, but I appreciated that the wights had evolved a bit more to make them a more formidable presence in this entry.

The Things I didn’t like:

✘ Just like the first novel, some of the pictures used in this entry didn’t seem AS connected to the main story (unless they play a part in the next novel) as some of the others.

FINAL WORDS

Hollow City is DARKER and CREEPIER than book one. And it’s AWESOME!!

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What are your thoughts in this series so far?

 

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (no spoilers)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery,  Time Travel, Historical Fiction, …

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

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A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss 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 abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the 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. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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So this book is about a boy, Jason that is used to his grandfather telling him about these ‘Peculiar Children’ when he was little, but soon enough Jason grew up and stopped believing in it. Time had passed and a tragedy happens that puts Jason in a shock, and everyone thinks he is crazy now. New circumstances make him go to a remote island in Wales to discover his grandfather’s past. But is Jason crazy like everyone seems to think? Who are these peculiar children and why does his grandfather have photos of them? Are they even real? All of this causes trouble in Jason’s mind – will he be able to find the answers he wants?

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When I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I had already a lot of hope for this book. I expected a hunting thriller, full of horror and danger (You can imagine why right guys? Starting in the cover and reading the synopsis and how dangerous the children might be…well). This book is NEITHER of those. (Also heads up for some violence in this book.)

Instead, this book is a fantasy/adventure combined with these very weird and old styled photographs, which made the book better than I ever thought it would be! Some photos are just to show and they are not so necessary for the book as others that the author really takes more time explaining, but because they are so interesting and so different (and sometimes even creepy) I really liked it! It’s just so…peculiar, right?

The Things I liked: 

  • I love how the author describes everything, and I am not talking about the photos, even without them, I was able to visualize the locations and details of the world, and let me tell you, THAT was amazing!
  • As for the photographs, they added a whole new dimension to the story. You are almost able to see exactly what Jacob is seeing as he looks at the many photographs scattered throughout.
  • The book is truly addicting

The Things I didn’t like:

✘ Sometimes things needed a bit more development 

✘ Some characters’ attitudes… (And I do like the characters in this book, just some choices I was not a fan of)

FINAL WORDS

As I said, this book was really addicting to me, and I really liked it (after I passed the phase of sigh, it’s not horror! But it only lasted for the first 50 pages) Afterwards I started loving the book! And for sure, I am looking forward to read the second novel! (well, after the cliff-hanger it’s difficult not to) 😛

I would say that if you haven’t read this book yet, give it a shot, but don’t expect horror! It’s mainly mystery/adventure and it really is awesome!

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Check out the movie adaptation by Tim Burton
Release date: September 30th, 2016

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Who else is excited to see Tim Burton’s adaptation movie???!!!! (I am dying for it :D)