Maand: juli 2015

Bookreview: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

If you haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children there will be probably spoilers.

Synopsis

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages


My review

In this nerve-racking second part of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children we get to know more about the characters who all have this special personality. As I told you in my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I can say now how the other characters are like. 🙂


Emma is confident and all the other children look up to her. Throughout the story she finds herself having trouble with all the responsibility on her shoulders. She’s deffinetly my favourite character.
Millard is the smart one but he likes to joke too. What I like about his character is that he can be considerate if he has to be and I didn’t really expect that from him.
Bronwyn is the mom of the group. She takes care of the little children and makes sure everybody feels good.
Olive is the second smallest child and she’s so cute but she’s brave too. Olive is very understanding en nosy and she’s just so lovely.
Horace always wants to look fine and is probably to less brave of all, but we can’t blame him for that. At the end he wants to prove himself which is quite cute.
Enoch is the “mean one”. He always says what he thinks and isn’t exactly understanding. Still, I kind of like him.
I don’t know really how Hugh is. He’s loyal but not as noble as the main character, Jacob. But I don’t think it’s something bad.
Left are Fiona and Claire.
Fiona is a very quiet person but you can see she feels good with Hugh and Claire is pretty scary with her second mouth yet she’s cute.

This book was so exciting and even better than the first book. We get to know more about the characters and this world. It’s amazing how Ransom Riggs created a world like this one!
And can I just say: THAT PLOT TWIST!!! Didn’t saw that coming! Like wow!!!

Now we’ll have to wait untill the last book.


Did you read Hollow City? What did you think of it? Are you excited for Library of Souls? I can’t wait! 😀

Love,

Katniss Potte Booklover xxx

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Bookreview: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Sorry I haven’t post in a couple of days because I was quite busy but I’m back!

Synopsis

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

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.


My review

I heard so many great things about this book that my expectations were pretty high but I wasn’t dissapointed at all.

The main character, Jacob, is a sixteen-year-old boy who always felt like a misfit. His grandpa always told him these stories about an orphanage where he lived for some time and it’s inhabitants who were kind of peculiar.
I can’t say much about the other characters because I would maybe spoil some things but I will in the bookreview of Hollow City. 🙂 All the characters where so amazing and they all have these special personalities.

This was such a good book with mysteries and excitement. Ransom Riggs’ writingstyle drags you into this great story.  I can’t say anything bad about this whole new world Ransom Riggs created. I just absolutely loved/love it.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Are you curious for the movie? Are you also in love with Jacob, ‘cause I am! Comment below! :p  I’m currently reading Hollow City so my bookreview will be up on Tuesday probably. 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Bookreview: Paper Towns by John Green

As you may have noticed I post every other day but because I’m probably pretty busy tomorrow I post today also. 🙂

Synopsis

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…


My review

This is the second time I read Paper Towns and I enjoyed reading it even more than when I read it the first time.

Quentin is a normal boy but he isn’t in for adventures. Everything is mapped out for him. A casual life: graduating, college, find work, buy a house, start a family, … But he’s madly in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman. Q and Margo know eacht other from when they were little but at the end of senioryear they were almost strangers. Everybody knows Margo. Well, so they say because Margo is one big mystery herself. Further on there are Radar and Ben, Q’s best friends. Radar is the computer genius and Ben only thinks about the “honeybunnies”.

John Green’s writingstyle is so good! Because John Green is John Green there are so many hilarious parts but he’s able to keep the story itself serious which I absolutely love. Every time I read a book of John Green I feel a little “wiser” because his books let you think about things in life. I had to keep my little book with quotes always next to me to add some more.
This is such a good book and it’s definetly my favourite John Green book!


Did you read Paper Towns? Did you like it? Do you think all the John Green are simular? At some points they indeed are simular but they’re still different stories! Are you excited for the Paper Towns movie? Because I am!

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hi there! I’m nominated for my first award by LazyCaramelReads. Thank you so much! I’m really happy for this! 😀

The rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you.

• Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

• Nominate ten other bloggers.

•  Creat ten questions for your nominees and notify them on their nomination.


So, let’s begin! Here are the questions and my answers:

1) What were your imaginary friend(s) when you were a child?

I don’t think I had imaginary friends when I was little. But if I had I already forgot about them, haha…

2) Have you ever thought, just for a second, that Hogwarts was real?

YES! I still do! Still do! It’s all real, all right?! You just have to believe! IT. IS. REAL.

3) What were you doing before writing this post? Or before logging into WordPress? ‘Starting the computer’ is not an acceptable answer.

I just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and it was amazing! My review will be up this week. Probably in the weekend.

4) If you could travel to one place you’ve read about in a book, what place would you visit and what book is it from?

Hogwarts,obviously! I know it’s a cliché but it’s Hogwarts! The best place in the whole world! If you didn’t know (I’d be suprised) it’s from the Harry Potter series. :p

5) Are there any movie adaptations  of a book that you enjoyed more than the book itself?

I never think the movie is better than the book. But… Insurgent came close. There are a lot of differences between the movie and the book and I don’t know what I like more. Maybe it’s also becaus Divergent isn’t my favourite book series. I think it’s really good but not my favourite.

6) Have you ever stolen insults from books and used them in real life situations? If so, how did that work out for you?

I do that all the time! Mostly when I do the persons I insult just look weird at me. My friends who know some of my insults just roll there eyes, haha.

7) Have you ever accidentally destroyed a book? (Example: Ran over it with your car.) How about purposefully?

(What? Ran over it with a car? XD) Euhm, I don’t think so. I take good care of my books! They’re my babies!

8) The most money you’ve spent on books at a time?

I think something like 120 euros? I bought the complete Harry Potter series with it in hardback and in English.

9) If you could read in a forgeign language, which language would you chose?

My native languag is Flemish and I read most books in English. I want to read in French too but my French isn’t that good yet. In two years I’ll learn German and then I’ll maybe read German books too. If I have to chose another language I would pick Italian or Spanish. I actually want to understand and speak every language in the world because I think that’s interesting. :p

10) Foods that go well with a good book?

I eat cereals when I read. XD


My questions:

1) What are some of you all time favourite books? (I’m so kind to let you pick several.)

2) Can you pick one favourite bookgenre? (I wouldn’t be able to.)

3) When do you read the most? (Evening, morning, …)

4) Do you prefer series, trilogies or stand alones? Why?

5) How many books do you buy in a month?

6) Do the people around you support your love for books?

7) What do you like to do besides reading and blogging?

8) Can you speak another language than your native language? Which one(s)?

9) If you could say one thing to your younger self, what would it be?

10) Do you have any weird habits? (Because I have tons!)


My nominees:

Head in the clouds, heart in the books

Readthebloodybook

Thehappybookishdinosaur

Motherofbookdragons

Uroojreads

The Lit Mermaid

Bibliopearl

The Book Harpy

Britanymariereads

Bookland


This was a lot of fun! If I nominated you but you’ve already been nominated or you just don’t want to do this, you can totally ignore it. 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Bookreview Penguin Little Black Classics #3 and #4

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue by anonymous (#3)

This saga begins with a man, Thorstein, who has a dream about two men (represented by eagles) fight over a woman, the daughter of Thorstein (represented by a swan). At the end of the dream the two eagles die and the swan flies away with another bird.
This whole story is about how this dream becomes reality. (Well, with real people… Not with birds.)
It was a fun read but I have to say it wasn’t that great. The thing I thought was interesting is that this story excists for already a really long time (from the 10th century). A thing I didn’t like was that the story was all about who got to marry Helga but she doesn’t has to say anything in this book. She is all in the shadow of the two men. I’d like to know more about her because I think she would be a interesting character. Now she just looked “flat”.
Not great but okay.

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey

In this fourth book of Penguin Little Black Classics De Quincey tells about all kind of murders that took place and his thoughts about them.
When I read the synopsis of this book I expected something completly different. I must say that I was a little bit dissapointed. It didn’t actually interested me and my mind went somewhere else really quickly. I don’t know if it’s the book or it’s the moment I’m reading it but I didn’t actually enjoy this book.


Anyone read one of these books? What did you think of them? Comment below. 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Bookreview Peguin Litte Black Classics #1 and #2

Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Baccaccio (#1)

This first little book of Peguin Little Black Classics is divided in four little stories.
The first story, Andrueccio’s da Perugia’s Neopoliton adventures, is the funniest. When Andreuccio’s “new sister” robbed him he gets into some sticky but funny situations.
The other three stories are more about love: Ricciardo da Chinzica loses his wife, Mrs Rosie and the Priest and Patient Griselda.
Patient Griselda is the most beautifull story of all four.
All in all this was a nice and quick read and I’m curious about the other stories.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins (#2)

This second little book of Penguin Little Black Classics was all about poetry. This was the first time I read poetry and I have to say that I don’t really get it. I think that poetry is a little bit confusing. Sorry for the poetry lovers. For it may work but for me it didn’t.
After about 40 pages of poetry we get to read some pieces of Hopkins’ Journal. He can write really beautifull about the nature but I actually thought it was quite boring.
Not my favorite.


Have you read any of these classics? What do you think of them? What’s your favourite? So far I read four of them. The reviews of #3 and #4 will be up on Sunday! 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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This is the last day of this challenge and thanks again The Lit Mermaid for the nomination!


The three rules:

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days. (1 quote for each day.)

• Nominate three new bloggers each day.


You can see the first quote here.

And this is the link to the second quote.

My third and last quote is from Four: A Divergent Collection. Maybe this quote is in Divergent too, but I’m not sure.

But we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.

-Tobias Eaton,

Four: A Divergent Collection, The Traitor, page 243


My three nominations:

Bibliopearl

The Booklover’s Lair

Uroojreads

If you already did this challenge or you don’t want to do it, you can totally ignore this. But I have to say that this was fun! 🙂

Love,

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx