Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

We cling to our fairytales until the price for believing them becomes too high

 

This book was published on 2011. Since then, I have seen friends reading it and telling me to read it, that it’s one of the best books they have read. I was intrigued with the praises they gave the book and of course, the cover… The cover gives you an illusion of a creepy horror book that will give you nightmares at night.

Five years after, I finally decided to read the book. And I am so disappointed. It’s not like the book sucks because it’s quite appealing. The reason I’m disappointed because I expected too much. Others talked about this book like it will change me but it didn’t. The book was average. The book was your typical fantasy/adventure/young adult book except it has extraordinary vintage photographs that go with it.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob who initially thought that he was an ordinary boy until one day his grandfather mysteriously dies. In the last minute of his grandfather’s life, his grandfather left him clues and his grandfather insisted that he should go to the island. But here’s the creepy part.. Jacob sees a monster nobody else can see. And then Jacob starts to wonder if the stories his grandfather told him since he was little were true. And he has to find out.

At first, I really liked the book. I liked the mystery. I liked Jacob. But then, everything became typical. What I’m saying is this book is good but it’s not extraordinary the way I thought it would be – the way everybody says it is. I guess I just expected something really dark because I’m into the darkness at the moment. But if you really like fantasy/adventure, this might be a good read for you. This book really reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

All in all, this book is quite good. But definitely not one of the best for me.

Anna Dressed in Blood

 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It feels so separate, like I’ve touched something that’s taken the color out of me.

 

Anna dressed in blood is about Cas, a ghost hunter. He targets challenging ghosts to kill as practice in hopes that someday he will find and end the ghost who murdered his father. And Cas was hoping that Anna will be his last practice. However, Anna is beyond any ghost he has encountered.

Even with its very well-written narrative, Anna Dressed in Blood lacks something that will make it stand out from the rest. The events in the book are somewhat expected – typical things that happen in a horror story. I feel like romance was forced to be in the book.  Also, the ending of the book is a bit rushed. So many things are condensed in the ending part.

However, if you are simply looking for something scary… this book is a great read. The author was able to describe details really well to the point that I can almost see Anna Dressed in Blood in front of me. The images will float in your head long after reading the book.