Book Review | The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

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Rating
5-stars

Pages | 400 pages

Genre | YA, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary

Publisher | Orion Children’s Book

Publication | July 2016

Format | Paperback

There’s a man in the trees,
a man with no eyes, but still he watches,
that’s the surprise. Stay away from the woods,
it couldn’t be clearer, but the trees are creeping
nearer and nearer…

Beware the creeper man.

When sisters Silla and Nori escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel. Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing. Every day the forbidden surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house. A mysterious boy appears, offering friendship. And Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest – a man with no eyes, who creeps ever closer…

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Film Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

 

I was so very excited when I heard that Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was going to be made into a film, and to top it all of it was going to be directed by one of my favourite directors of all time – Tim Burton.

We can all agree that Tim Burton is an amazing director and has a knack for creating gothic films, such as: Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Corpse Bride, etc…

When I finally got the chance to watch the film last week, I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I had such high expectations for the film adaptation, and was hoping that Tim Burton will bring to life the Trilogy I have come to adore. I was expecting to be blown out of my mind, and to be creeped out by the Hollowgasts and be afraid of the Wights… But I was not.

Everything about the film was different from the books – Emma Bloom and Olive’s powers has been switched – the age of the children have changed… The characters are all different. I was so frustrated while watching the film and had to hold my tongue from saying anything at all whilst I was in the cinema. I was disappointed. The whole film deviates so much from the books – and it all felt too rushed! The whole Trilogy was cramped into one single film.

Book Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


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  • Pages: 207
  • Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Edition: Puffin Chalk

I have been wanting to read the book for quite a while now, since it has been a long time since the last time I have read Peter Pan (the Disney picture book) and it was due time that I finally read Barrie’s original story.

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Hello chums!

I have been thinking about writing a book review post for quite some time now, and just haven’t had the time to do it (lies) and, since it feels like it has been long overdue – I am bringing to you a review of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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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 ay have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

  • Series: Yes – Miss Peregrine’s
  • Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dark Fantasy, Horror
  • Pages: 353
  • Publisher: Quirk Books

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Book Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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  • Pages: 440
  • Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
  • Publisher: Orion Children’s Books UK

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

“I CURSE ANYONE WHO READS THIS BOOK.
SCREW YOU. HAPPY READING.”

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO,

Elmbridge High School burned down. Three students were killed in the blaze, twenty were injured, and one, Carly Johnson, disappeared.

For two decades, little was uncovered about what became known as the ‘Johnson Incident’.

I have had this book for a while, bought it a couple of weeks before Halloween – you know to get in the Halloween spirit and all. But, I only got around to reading it last week of December and finished it on the 1st of January.

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Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

  

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises blooms. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

  • Pages: 280
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
  • Publisher: Corgi Children’s 

Rating: 3/5

Likes!

I liked the idea of the characters, they are quite different and I quite liked how they are depicted in the book – and to a certain extent I can relate to them (just a teeny tiny bit).

Changelings! I enjoyed reading about the changelings in the book, they were interesting and I loved how they were described – the way Cara (the main character) talked/described them, actually made me picture these odd creatures – made me think what if something like that actually existed.

It’s a paranormal book, and there is a good sense of creepiness put into it. However, it wasn’t as creepy or scary as I thought it would have been when I’ve read some of the reviews.

Dislikes?

I am not a big fan of the writing style, but I suppose that it goes with the plot of the story. Although, I still don’t quite understand the whole plot of the story, since there are two worlds being described and it’s so random.

It’s great that there are “plot twists”, but they are hardly that (for me anyway) when I could almost see them coming. Then, there’s also the stories which you are told so briefly you aren’t sure whether you’ve read it or it was just your imagination.

The odd relationships in the book, especially one in particular that I found very, very weird.

Overall Thoughts?!

I think that it was an okay book, I can say that it didn’t like any other book that I have read – but there was too much weirdness in one book – and that’s coming from a girl who is quite weird herself.

I enjoyed the reason, although it took me  awhile to really get into the book and enjoy it’s – I was so confused most of the time and when I did manage to trap the whole concept it became predictable. For instance, the whole Elsie thing and her connection with the accident season.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book in all it’s weirdness – and that’s all that matters in the end – I enjoyed reading the book.

 

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

SPOILERS AHEAD! Read at your own discretion… 

  

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna had everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a grat weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be goig somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne  St Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the french Kiss she’s been waiting for?

  • Pages: 400
  • Series: Anna and the French Kiss series
  • Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, 
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing UK
  • Overall rating: 3/5

Initial Thoughts:

I would just like to say that I bought this book ad decided to read it because it has recieved quite amazing reviews – and it has been praised quite a lot, so I though I might give it a chance and read it as well. 

My initial reaction to the book was “I don’t want to read this anymore”, once I opened the pages. It’s such a cliché young adult romantic book, and I was totally not liking it. 

I found every character annoying and I didn’t feel any connection to them at all – like i couldn’t relate at all. Then, there’s the obvious cliché where the female protagonist (who is also a new transfer student) meets attractive  male protagonist who turns out to have a girlfriend – so she tells herself that they could still be friends – they grow closer – guy obviously have feelings for her too, but still he stays with girlfriend – the girl gets mixed signals, gets hurt with boys actions so decide to “move on” and tries to date guy that boy hates, so on and so forth and lo and behold they are now together – promising to be together forever, the end.

I may or may not have just told you the story… but there are also things in between, that made it bearable for me – and even come to actually like the book. Although, I would have liked to also read more about Mer – because she sounded like a cool person – and of course, seen more of Ellie as well throughout the book. 

I have tld you what the book is about, now it is time for me to write the actual review.

Overall thoughts:

I wasn’t a massive fan of the book or the plot – because I thought it was quite clichéd and a tad bit predictable. But never the less, no matter how many times the story has been told and retold, and no matter how much you tell yourself that you ar sick of it – you still fall for the whole thing and you end up wating to know more and watig to know what will happen next. 

I was actually rooting at first for St Clair ad Mer to start going out just for the plot twist – like “i did not see that coming” kind of plot – but that didn’t happen, so I kind of felt a bit disappointed – but that’s just because I made up a differet ending in my head whilst reading the book. 

 But the ending of this book is sufficient enough to satisfy the inner-romantic within me. When I tried so hard to dislike the book with all my might – i still couldn’t help myself falling for the tricks that is what good writers do. They re-write a tale as old as time in a way they know will catch your attention and will make you interested in the story of these two people! 

I will ave to give this book an overallrating of 3/5! 

It isn’t the most original story – but it was written so well that I managed to stick with it and even thogh I already knew how it was going to end (although I was hoping for a last minute plot twist) i truly enjoyed reading the story of these two people.