Library of Souls

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

This is the last and final book in the Peculiar Children series. In this book, we follow Emma and Jacob on a mission to save not only Miss Peregrine and the other children, but all of Peculiardom together. We follow the two to the darkest depths of the Peculiar world, in the corners and crevices where the evil resides and the good have been drained and turned into something that doesn’t even qualify as fully human, Devil’s Acre. Emotions drained, memories drained, and the valued elixir brings everything to higher stakes. Jacob and Emma befriend the unlikeliest of characters, unsavory and intimidating, but see that appearances are not always the clearest reality of what lies beneath the surface.

In this book, Jacob learns to control his power even more and other extents of his power that he didn’t know existed previously. Together, with the help of Emma, he does what he can for this new world that he has just entered into, but will he do it in time to save all the others from aging forward and before another mass experiment is completed. And, what about his parents?

The pacing in the book was good. Some parts were a little slower than others, but when the action was happening, the pace picked up and balanced it out. I enjoyed the insight into the new characters as well as further into some known characters. The pictures included in this book were like the other pictures in the other two books in the sequel. They were exquisite and added to the story in a way that makes it all more believable.

The ending left me satisfied. It tied everything up in neat package that answered most of the unanswered questions and gave a way to let the characters continue on with their lives, without having the need for the story to continue.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the entire series.

Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Samantha Moore is the down-on-her-luck character that many of us are all too familiar with. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Sam hides behind the facade of her favorite books, namely Jane Austen and other similar classics. She has been in and out of foster homes and lives with Father John now. An orphan, at the age of 23, and all attempts at a normal life failed, for another “failed to connect.” She gets the opportunity of a life-time to go to college, all under the donation of an illustrious Mr. Knightley, the benefactor who will pay for all of her educational costs, as long as she gets her graduate degree in journalism. Sam begins by not being too fond of this prospect, but it grows on her and transforms her in ways she never imagined possible. Through the help of Mr. Knightley and journalism, along with new friends that she meets in the most unlikely places, she is able to start overcoming her past and put the book front behind her. She begins to be more courageous. During the book she meets the famous Alex Powell, who she finds herself enjoying more and more time with, but with no basis as to what relationships should be like, she has no basis for what she feels like. Throughout her journey, Mr. Knightley provides her with clothes, an apartment, and a confidant as Sam, to get her education paid for, must chronicle her adventures through school (and life as she deems fit) to him through letters to which he never replies. Sam finds safety and refuge in the letters and is able to open up to her true self, closing doors on her past and opening doors to things she never imagined possible. She finds love, friends, and family, but when she questions the relationship of Mr. Knightley and demands a meeting, does everything crumble?

I enjoyed this book. I was an easy read, though I must digress that I guessed the identity of Mr. Knightley almost immediately. I won’t say when, as that would give it away, but I will say, if you pay attention to the book, it will be easy to figure out who the mysterious benefactor is, and when you do, the story takes a different light.

It is a light-hearted romance in the underlying tones with some references to a dark past for Sam, but it is mixed in with what would be normal college/friend troubles. It seems young and trivial as a reader that she would be thinking that way, but with her lack of knowledge of anything solid and real in the world, I could shrug it off as her learning her way in the world.

Katherine Reay has other books out as well, all with titles that lend to Jane Austen and other similar female authors. Enjoy this book for a light read and don’t look into it for too much of a deeper meaning. It was definitely a cozy read.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This long awaited sequel has gotten mixed reviews from various places. Some people love this book and others hate it. There are those that don’t want to read it for fear of ruining the Harry Potter world as they know it, and others who see it as an ending to tie up loose strings. To be clear, this book is NOT written by J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling did help and give the okay, but she did not write the book. Also, it is written in play format to go along with the performance (and for those that are unable to attend the play in London).  This book is a quick and easy afternoon read, if that. It reads very fluidly and goes by faster than you realize.

In this book, we see the original cast aged another twenty years. The first few scenes we see Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Draco sending their children off to Hogwarts and from there we follow the children, mainly Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. We do see the other children and cast at various points. Albus and Scorpius become unlikely friends, almost immediately on their first train ride to Hogwarts, much to the dismay of others. They are sorted into the same house together and begin adventures. Harry is overly concerned about Albus and takes it out on him unjustly. The problem begins when Cedric’s father wants to bring Cedric back from death using a time turner. Albus overhears the conversation and Harry’s unforgiveable no as an answer and decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes Scorpius with him to complete his plan. Through numerous time travels, the boys get to see the world as it would have been in various instances of trying to “help” others. Each time, they begin to realize, they have only made things worse. People “disappear.” The world order changes. People they think they know turn into people they never realized were possible to exist. Harry and his crew from Hogwarts find out what the boys are up to and with the help of the children, they are able to set all things right again. Once again showing that love can overcome all. Harry learns to rely on his children and to not be so hard on those that he loves, and Albus learns that bravery is only heroic if the circumstances call for it, otherwise it is stupidity that leads to further trouble. They truly are like father and son, which only adds to the reason Harry worries over abundantly about him. People do return in this play that we haven’t seen in a while and it makes those that haven’t met them understand who they are and why they are the way they are.

This play does skip time a lot. Years are skipped in the beginning, mainly, I am guessing to see relationships set up and then to get to the real meat of the play. Once it gets to the real issue of the play, time is more accurate, but even then it jumps.

The play does end happily, though there were many times during the play that I was tempted to throw it across the room (not very smart seeing as I was reading it on my Kindle), but that was largely also due to what was happening and my being upset at the circumstances. Overall the play was decent and while it didn’t change my opinions about any of the characters, it was actually interesting to see how they would have turned out in various future scenarios, it was nice to see how the future for the children was imagined and how life would continue for “The Boy Who Lived” and all those associated with him.

Until next time! Happy reading!

Pretty Dead

 

Pretty Dead by Anne Frasier

This is the third book in the series following these characters.

In this book, Elise is faced with not only talking to Strata Luna, but her father Jackson Sweet, is now being asked to help the police department with the new investigation. The new killer turns up the stakes when the mayor’s daughter turns up missing and then dead. Elise faces her ever-evolving romance with Gould, as well as her own daughter, Audrey’s need to see and meet her no longer deceased grandfather. Audrey takes a liking to the Gullah culture and wants to learn, much to Elise’s dismay, but Elise has more things to worry about when a reporter has been assigned to follow her and Gould around. The reporter,  Jay Thomas Paul, (the guy with the three first names as they refer to him as), makes their job more difficult and awkward than before. Jay tries to get into places nto allowed, making the job more difficult for Elise and Gould to complete. As time moves on, Audrey becomes targeted as well and in danger of being harmed. With no hope of return, Elise wants to take matters into her own hands before the wrong person ends up dead, or worse, her daughter. This book moves fast, especially the last 50 pages or so where a lot of action was packed in. This story does take a lot of set up because of the ending, but it shows true signs of a sequel coming. This story carries the same suspenseful tone as the other ones have and is a super quick read. I was able to devour this book in one sitting in an afternoon. I can’t wait for her next book in the series to come out! Though, right now it looks as if that won’t be until June 2017.

Until next time, book enthusiasts!

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