An Evening with Ransom Riggs!

Hey guys! I have quite a different post for you today! I absolutely love Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. It’s such a unique series and Hollow City was one of my favourite books of 2016 (Was that really 2 years ago?). So when I saw he was coming to the UK and only visiting Manchester and London, I knew I had to go! I hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience with you all because it was pretty exciting!

Normally authors visit places that are hours away from me and I never get to go but Ransom was coming to Manchester which isn’t that far from me so obviously I had to go! I couldn’t miss this opportunity and I’m so glad I went! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of A Map of Days and it was so fun being able to hear Ransom talk about it and then sign copies afterwards! I ended up getting the book and a goody bag because I’ve never received one before at an event, I wanted to see what it was like!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book is Best

Hey guys! I was so excited to take part in this weeks topic because I have complained a lot about series that went downhill. I thought it was about time I gave some recognition to those rare second books that are actually pretty damn awesome! I’ve read my fair share of series where the second book has been incredibly boring but these series had kickass second books! I hope you enjoy!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

scorch1) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner 

If you guys read a lot of my posts then you will know how obsessed I am with this series and James Dashner. His writing is just amazing and I’d love to be able to write such captivating stories! I adore The Maze Runner series so much, it’s actually one of my favourites! His writing is just fantastic and he completely blew me away in The Scorch Trials. This book was definitely the best in the series because it scared the hell out of me. It was so intense and spooky. It gave me chills and I actually had goosebumps reading it. When he writes about the cranks… it’s so scary! This was definitely one of the most intense books I’ve read and I bloody devoured it.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Polarizing Books

Hello everyone! Here is another Top 5 Wednesday topic and it’s such an interesting one! It focuses on books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. We can pick some of our favourites that fall into this category. A lot of my choices have been made into films so obviously not everyone hated them but I have seen many people say they don’t like the writing or they don’t like the plot because it moves too slowly, etc.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

twilight1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Lets start with the most obvious choice, Twilight! I first read this when I was thirteen or fourteen, my friend told me about it and as soon as I heard about vampires and werewolves I just needed to read it. I love supernatural creatures and this book completely changed what books I read in the future. I moved away from everyday problems and children’s books and started reading more supernatural or fantasy books. I owe a lot to Stephenie Meyer and I absolutely loved the Twilight books. I’ve read the first one so much all the pages are falling out and the cover is all creased and battered. It’s a well read book because I have re-read it over and over, I just love it so much. I know a lot of people dislike the writing and the relationship between Bella and Edward. I have heard so many people say it wasn’t written very well but when I read it as a thirteen/fourteen year old I didn’t really care I would literally read anything.

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My Dream Book Conference

Hey guys! This is a little different to what I normally post but I thought it would make a nice change and I had a lot of fun writing it! If you’d like to use a resource to plan and find conferences in your local area, I’d suggest checking out Eventbrite and using their conference management page as a way to plan and find conferences in your local area!

I thought this post was a really interesting idea and I have decided to divide this post into some of my favourite genres and for each genre I have picked two authors I’d love to hear talk about these genres and their books. I hope you enjoy it!

Urban Fantasy

One of the most interesting genres for me has to be Urban Fantasy. It amazes me how an author is able to take a real place and create a whole other world inside it. It’s so interesting how they can incorporate fantasy and supernatural creatures and have them living alongside society without people ever realising it. It’s such an awesome idea and definitely takes a lot of patience and creativity.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Spooky Settings

Hey guys! Another Top 5 Wednesday post, yay! This week is favourite spooky settings which I think is incredibly awesome to talk about! It can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. It doesn’t necessarily have to be horror it can be eerie, atmospheric settings!

Just to let you know, this group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

the-hound-of-the-baskervilles1) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I absolutely love the Sherlock Holmes books but my all time favourite has to be The Hound of the Baskervilles. The setting was especially spooky because it’s set in the moors in the middle of nowhere. You can get completely lost there and when there are crazy people or monsters on the loose, it makes it even more scary! This was such a creepy book and it has a perfect spooky setting for this topic. It gave me goose bumps and had the hairs on the back of my neck rising! I was completely engrossed in the story and the setting. The atmosphere was just so spooky and the writing was incredible.

 

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REVIEW: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)

hollow cityTitle: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs 
Pages: 396
Published by: Quirk Books
Publication date: 14th January 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

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. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

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REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

PeculiarTitle: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
Pages: 352
Published by: Quirk Books
Publication date: 7th June 2011
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar 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 decaying 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.

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July Book Haul!

I may have gotten a little carried away this month with my book buying! I didn’t mean to buy this many when my TBR pile is already so big but they’re so pretty and look so interesting! Take a look!

1) Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me

This cover is so pretty I love it so much. Still haven’t got around to reading Shatter Me yet but I’m sure I will love it!

Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon and free to love Adam. But there is one thing she will never be free from – her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.

Buy the book: Amazon UK – Book Depository

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