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review 2019-12-20 15:11
Der Atlas der Besonderen Kinder // A Map of Days!!!
Der Atlas der Besonderen Kinder - Ransom Riggs

german and english review

audible audiobook

 

Inhalt: Miss Peregrine kehrt gemeinsam mit Jacob, Emma und den anderen besonderen Kindern in Jacobs Heimat Florida zurück. Gemeinsam versuchen sie, sich in die moderne Zeit einzufügen - inklusive langen Strandspaziergängen und anderen normalen Tätigkeiten.

Doch die amerikanischen Zeitschleifen, in denen sich die Besonderen vor der Welt verbergen, sind noch weitgehend unerforscht und schon bald ist Miss Peregrine von der Idee fasziniert, einen Atlas der Schleifen anzufertigen.

Dann findet Jacob heraus, dass sein Großvater Abe nicht alleine gegen die Monster gekämpft hat, die die besonderen Kinder jagen - und dass Abes Partner noch lebt. Aber auch altbekannte Feinde sind lebendiger, als es Jacob lieb ist...

 

Meine Bewertung: Ich muss einfach eingestehen, dass die Serie nichts für mich ist...

 

Ich liebe die Charaktere, ich liebe die Welt. Ich finde auch den Schreibstil nicht schlecht. Ich habe nur mit der Umsetzung von allem irgendwie zu kämpfen. Ich liebe die Freundschaften zwischen all den besonderen 'Kindern'. Ich liebe es neue Charaktere kennenzulernen. Aber irgendwas fehlt mir einfach total. So oft war ich einfach nur gelangweilt. Außerdem, unbeliebte Meinung, aber ich kann der Beziehung zwischen Jacob und Emma absolut nichts anfangen. Das ganze Drama da brauch ich einfach nicht.

Es ist eine ziemlich kurze Bewertung, weil ich erstens nichts spoilern will und zweitens, habe ich einfach absolut nichts über das Buch zu sagen. Hätte ich es nicht als Hörbuch gehört, hätte ich so viel länger gebraucht um es fertig zu lesen. Nur die Bilder haben mir bei dem Hörbuch gefehlt.

 

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Summary: Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

 

My review: I just have to admit to myself that this series just doesn't work for me...

 

I love the characters, I love the world. I also enjoy the writing. I just struggle with how everything comes together. I love the friendships between all the 'kids'. I love getting new characters and getting to know them. But at the end of it all, there is just something missing. So many times I find myself being bored. Also, unpopular opinion, I don't care about Jacob and Emma at all. This is just drama that I don't need at all.

 

It's a short review, firstly, I don't want to spoil anything, and secondly, I just don't have anything more to say about the book. If I wouldn't have listened to the audiobook, I probably would have taken forever to actually finish the book. The only thing I missed from the audiobook were the pictures.

 
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review 2019-10-09 13:28
Book Review: Hollow City
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

Book: Hollow City

 

Author: Ransom Riggs

 

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

 

Summary: 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. Hollow City draws readers into a richly imagined world of telepathy and time loops, of sideshows and shape-shifters - a world populated with adult "peculiars," murderous wights, and a bizarre menagerie of uncanny animals. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. -Quirk Books, 2014.

 

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review 2019-04-13 22:33
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

It's more like 3.75 stars actually. 
The beginning was fantastic and the end even better but in the middle of the story the main character Jacob spent some time 

in a time loop

(spoiler show)

, so the story was dragging quite a bit.

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review 2019-01-22 16:28
DNF at 25 Percent- A Map of Days is Mind-Numbing
A Map of Days - Ransom Riggs

Sigh. I just DNFed this at 25 percent. I wasn't enjoying the children in this one and following Jacob as he is crowned "The One" through a fourth book didn't sound like a good time to me.

 

I think that the last book ended perfectly and had the right message that life isn't fair. I thought it had a good logic behind Jacob following in his grandfather's steps with him not being able to say with the people he loved. I thought it was up there with "His Dark Materials" in showing children how life can be cruel sometimes. But Riggs ruins it with a handwave with somehow Miss Peregrine and the rest of the children being able to follow Jacob into his world. And then we have Jacob and a lot of the children acting like rebellious jerks. I just got sick of Jacob being rude and nasty and being jealous that Emma was in love with his grandfather. Also, can we talk about how weird that whole thing is??? 

 

I also thought that Riggs missed out on including Jacob's parents in this one. I think that could have made the story more exciting. Jacob is hostile and nasty to Miss Peregrine to the point I wish she had shaken him. And Jacob just wanting to be alone with Emma for kissing and something else just made me sigh. This book started to remind me of the worst parts of Harry Potter when the characters grow up and just become hormones. I am going to compare it to "His Dark Materials" again because to me that book showcased a young girl coming into her own and finding love. I thought it was more true about how many of us find our first love. I didn't feel any of that with Jacob and Emma. 

 

This book seems to be following more mysteries of what Jacob's grandfather was up to which...I just don't care anymore. Seriously. Just pick a new plot and move on to something else.


The pictures in this one felt more meh to me too which is sad. I remember the first book really incorporating the pictures and stories of the Peculiar much better. 

 

I skimmed ahead and read the ending and am glad I passed on finishing this one the whole way through. It just seems to set up another book and I am just not that excited about following this series anymore. 

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review 2018-12-13 15:11
Review: A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
A Map of Days - Ransom Riggs

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is the fourth book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Jacob Portman is back in Florida trying to convince his parents that everything is fine.

This story picks up where the third installment left off. I absolutely love how the author uses old vintage photos to create his story. So brilliant, and fun to read, this series has become one of my all time favorite stories.

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