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review 2018-07-07 01:26
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (audiobook)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Audio) - Jesse Bernstein,Ransom Riggs

Series: Miss Peregrine #1

 

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. What little I knew of it sounded weird, so I didn't know exactly what I was getting into or how the main character's story would tie into that of his grandfather's. I'm just trying not to look at some of the questionable internal logic (or at least logic that I don't quite follow about how some of the weird stuff in this world works).

 

An enjoyable read, at least by audio. I'm planning on checking out the next in the series. I predicted some of what happened but that just gave me a sense of accomplishment rather than disappointment.

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review 2018-05-02 15:53
Review: You’ve Got Tail (Peculiar Mysteries #1) by Renee George
You've Got Tail (Peculiar Mysteries Book 1) - Renee George
You've Got Tail

Peculiar Mysteries #1
Renee George
Cozy Mystery - Paranormal
Barkside of the Moon Press
September 7th 2015
eBook
292
Freebie

 

You’ve Got Tail by USA Today bestselling author Renee George is a laugh-out-loud cozy mystery. Kidnapping, murder, and a town full of people hiding the truth will keep Sunny Haddock busy as she tries to unravel the strange happenings in Peculiar, Missouri. Fall in love with a hilarious cast of characters in Book 1 of Peculiar Mysteries; a paranormal romantic comedy that will not only have you laughing…it will also melt your heart.

 

Welcome to Peculiar, Missouri!

 

Sunny Haddock, an animal-loving vegetarian psychic, is stoked to leave California behind to start a new life in the Ozark town of Peculiar with her best friend Chavvah Trimmel. She ups the moving date when Chav goes missing, and Sunny high tails it to the small town. What Sunny doesn’t realize is that she’s moving into a community of were-shifters, and they don’t want a human resident. Especially one dumb enough to arrive a couple of days before the full moon—the only night of the month shifters have to take their pure animal forms.

 

When the gorgeous Babel Trimmel, Chav's younger brother, (along with the sheriff, the mayor, and some other nice folk) suggests Sunny haul her U-haul and butt back out of town, she’s undeterred. Her psychic abilities might be out-of-whack, and blood makes her faint, but she’s not a quitter. Besides, she's not about to go anywhere until she finds out what happened to Chavvah.

 

But Sunny has more to deal with than unfriendly townsfolk...like disturbing killer visions and the dog-like animal no one else sees that seems to be stalking her every move. To make matters worse, she is finding Babel to be more irresistible than crack on a donut.

 

Sunny needs to get her ability and her hormones under control if she wants to solve the mystery and save her best friend.

 

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I was looking for a fun paranormal cozy mystery to dive into, but You’ve Got Tail ended up being a disappointment. The story had potential, but things went down hill fast. I’m not sure why I kept reading.

 

I did like Sunny’s psychic ability, but she lacked any understanding or training with it. I found the characters names funny, but then that got old fast. The last thing I enjoyed was Sunny’s introduction to the town where she meets Babel for the first time. It put a smile on my face.

 

Sunny comes to Peculiar to find her missing friend. She keeps saying she’s going to find her friend, yet she doesn’t do a thing. She has these psychic visions all over town, but doesn’t understand what it means. I would have liked her, but she didn’t do anything special. I was annoyed by all the rambling, which goes on and on, that she does in her head. And, she wasn’t good at detecting. All she does is run around clueless sticking her nose in things and getting into trouble.

 

The romance; between Sunny and Babel was nonexistent. Their was no development at all and I wouldn’t call it a romance. It was confusing; is what it was. These two are either having sex or they aren’t. Their was no building of any type of relationship.

 

The writing was fine, but the plot left a lot to be desired. It was obvious very early on who the villain(s) are, at least for one of them. Their was very little focus on the actually bad guys. We literally never even meet some of them.

 

Anyway, You’ve Got Tail was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

 

Rated: 2 Stars

 

Disclaimer: I picked this up as a freebie online through Amazon.

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2018-04-29 13:47
Die Bibliothek der besonderen Kinder // Library of Souls
Die Bibliothek der besonderen Kinder: Roman (Die besonderen Kinder) - Ransom Riggs,Silvia Kinkel

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Ich bin so froh, dass ich mit der Trilogie jetzt durch bin. Für mich persönlich wurden die Bücher immer schlechter. Ich liebe das erste Buch immer noch, beim zweiten Buch hatte ich schon mehr Probleme und jetzt mit dem dritten, muss ich wieder einen weiteren Stern in der Bewertung runtergehen. Ich glaube die Trilogie ist einfach nichts für mich. 

 

Ich versuche die ganze Bewertung so Spoiler-frei wie möglich zu halten, da es der dritte und letzte Band in der Reihe ist. Was ich an den Büchern mag, ist die Spannung und Action, es passiert ja wirklich viel in kürzester Zeit.
Ich mag das immer wieder Möglichkeiten genutzt werden um neue Besondere zu treffen und kennenzulernen.
Ich mag den Zusammenhalt der Gruppe von besonderen Kindern, besonders von Miss Peregrines Gruppe.

Ich mag den Schreibstil unheimlich gerne und die Bilder. Ich denke das die Bilder einfach ein wichtiger Teil dieser Reihe sind.

 

Was ich an diesem Buch nicht mochte (oder auch in den Bänden vorher.)
Die unheimlich langen Kapitel. Ich mag meine Kapitel kurz und knackig, so bald sie zu lange sind, habe ich unheimlich große Probleme durch ein Buch zu kommen. Ich weiß nicht wieso aber es stört mich unheimlich.
Jacob und Emma gehören zusammen und auch getrennt voneinander, nicht unbedingt zu meinen Lieblingscharakteren, deswegen war die erste Hälfte des Buches wirklich unheimlich schwer für mich. Ich habe mich mehr auf Addison konzentriert als auf irgendjemand anderen, weil er in der Zeit wirklich zu meinem Lieblingscharakter geworden ist. So richtig interessant wurde es für mich erst, als endlich wieder alle vereint waren.

Alles in Allem, ich bin froh, dass ich die Trilogie gelesen habe, ich bereuhe es auf keinen Fall, allerdings würde ich sie gerne mehr mögen als ich es letzendlich tue.

 

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I'm just glad that I'm done with this trilogy now. For me personally these books got worse with each book. I truly love the first book, I had quite a few problems with the second one and now with the third one, I had to go down another star in the raiting again. I just think that the trilogy isn't for me.

 

I'm going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I can, cause it's the third and final book in this series. What I love about these books are the action, there is so much happening in a short span of time.
I like that every opportunity gets used to meet and get to know new Peculiars. (Is that even a word?)
I also truly love how tight the group of peculiar children is, especially Miss Peregrine's group. Family feels.
I really like the writing style and the pictures. I think that the pictures are such an important part of this series.

 

What I didn't like about the book (or the series in general.)
The freaking long chapters. I like my chapters to be short and sweet, as soon as they get too long I have so many problems getting through a book. I don't know why but it's really frustrating.
Jacob and Emma, together or apart from each other, aren't exactly my favortie people by now. That's why I had the hardest time with the first half of the book. I mainly focused on Addison, cause he really turned into one of my favorite character during that time. I got way more into the book, as soon as they were reunited with the rest.

 

Overall, I'm glad I read this trilogy, I don't regret it at all, but at the end of the day I wish I  would've liked it way more than I actually did.

 

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review 2018-02-21 00:00
You've Got Tail (Peculiar Mysteries Book 1)
You've Got Tail (Peculiar Mysteries Book 1) - Renee George I was looking for a fun paranormal cozy mystery to dive into, but You've Got Tail ended up being a disappointment. The story had potential, but things went down hill fast. I’m not sure why I kept reading.

I did like Sunny’s psychic ability, but she lacked any understanding or training with it. I found the characters names funny, but then that got old fast. The last thing I enjoyed was Sunny’s introduction to the town where she meets Babel for the first time. It put a smile on my face.

Sunny comes to Peculiar to find her missing friend. She keeps saying she’s going to find her friend, yet she doesn’t do a thing. She has these psychic visions all over town, but doesn’t understand what it means. I would have liked her, but she didn’t do anything special. I was annoyed by all the rambling, which goes on and on, that she does in her head. And, she wasn’t good at detecting. All she does is run around clueless sticking her nose in things and getting into trouble.

The romance; between Sunny and Babel was nonexistent. Their was no development at all and I wouldn’t call it a romance. It was confusing; is what it was. These two are either having sex or they aren’t. Their was no building of any type of relationship.

The writing was fine, but the plot left a lot to be desired. It was obvious very early on who the villain(s) are, at least for one of them. Their was very little focus on the actually bad guys. We literally never even meet some of them.

Anyway, You’ve Got Tail was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

Rated: 2 Stars

Disclaimer: I picked this up as a freebie online through Amazon.

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review 2018-02-07 11:52
The Doctor's Wife is Dead: A Peculiar Marriage, a Suspicious Death, and a Murder Trial in Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Andrew Tierney

1849 and Mrs Langley, the doctor’s wife, is dead. But why had she been made to live in the attic of her home and why had she previously been sent to live in a poor part of town? The Doctor’s Wife is Dead follows the trial of Dr Langley and the reactions of family and friends to the treatment of Mrs Langley.

 

At first I wasn’t totally engaged with the book. There are many people to feature in the lives of Dr and Mrs Langley, and it was difficult to differentiate between family members, legal advisors and inquest jury members. In fact I started to read the book then put it to one side for a while. But I picked it up again and found that this time I wrapped up in the melancholy tale of a wife seemingly cast out by her younger husband.

 

There is a lot to find interesting in the book. The social morals and ideals of the 19th Century are more immediate when told by way of an actual family. The book manages to veer away from the salacious and whilst the author endeavours to remain impartial, the reader inevitably draws their own conclusions.

 

The story is just as much a treatise on domestic violence as it is an examination of the place in society women held in the 19th Century. Whilst there are many differences between then and now the tale of Dr and Mrs Langley is still as relevant today, sadly.

Dr Langley appears from the testimony of witnesses and from his own letters, to be a controlling, narcissistic man, who married his older wife for her money. He is conniving and deliberate in his treatment towards her. Whilst domestic abuse was prevalent in the 19th Century, laws were only just coming into being to protect women, and the burden of proof and social stigma attached to any such allegations was still high. Even by today’s standards the Langley case is shocking and sad, for contemporaries it would have been scandalous, the details of it even reaching Westminster.

 

This is an interesting look at a case that is both of it’s time and of the moment.

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