Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the debut novel of American author, Ransom Riggs, and was first published in 2011. The novel centres around the narrating character, Jacob, and his search for answers after the death of his grandfather. First believing that his grandfather had been mauled by wild animals in the woods beside his home, Jacob is soon travelling to an island off the coast of Wales at the advise of his psychiatrist to find the orphanage is grandfather said he had once stayed in near the beginning of World War Two. Jacob soon learns that the stories his grandfather told him as a child and the photos he had shown him of all the children he had met were in fact true. The children are alive, Miss Peregrine is real, and so are the monsters they have been hiding from.

I went into this novel with mixed opinions. For my part, I was intrigued by the idea of a novel written around vintage photography – especially as those inspiring images were included in special annexes throughout the book. The synopsis drew me in and I wanted to know more. But there were also reviews out there saying this novel was poorly executed and a waste of a good idea.

After getting through the novel in a fairly quick time, I have to say that I disagree. This novel was fantastic.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Oliver Bowden

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

First published in 2010, Brotherhood is the second book in the novelization of the Assassin’s Creed game series. The games were published by Ubisoft and the novels were written by British author, Oliver Bowden. Brotherhood continues the story of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, an Italian Assassin who joined the Order in his teens and is now in his early forties. It continues straight from the end of the first novel making it doubly important to have read Renaissance or to have at least played Assassin’s Creed 2.

It was good but it wasn’t great…

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