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.

Hollow City

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

In this book, we continue the adventure of Jacob and the rest of the peculiars. As Miss Peregrine is incapacitated in her current state, the group has to do their best to save her before her time runs out. Running through various time loops and using their one remaining book the “Tales,” the group does their best to find Miss Wren. Led by Jacob, decided by Emma, and gently nudged by Miss Peregrine, the group finds their way through London, the place that peculiars thrive (so to speak). What starts out as a saddened journey quickly turns to one of small hopes that they might make it in time. But when they finally get to the end of their rope to save Miss Peregrine, the group wonders if they did enough and Jacob is left contemplating his future. The ending is one that, though I saw coming, I didn’t see all of it coming.

This book is written in the same manner as the first. The language used and the structure of the writing is amazing. The story keeps you captivated from the first page to the last and the pictures help add to the story in a way you never thought possible. If you liked the first, you will love the second. I can only imagine what the third book holds.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book, already made popular by the movie, is astonishing. I have to say that with this book, I saw the movie first, only because it was on TV and I hadn’t gotten the books yet. It is one of those instances when I am coming into the movie blind and don’t have any literature to compare it too. I will saw that the movie did the book justice and I will leave it at that.

The book, if you read it, read it in it’s true format: paperback or hardback. There are pictures in the book that I find hard to believe that any e-reader, tablet, Kindle, Nook, etc., will be able to do it justice. The pictures come in the story exactly where they are referenced to and this makes it easy to see what the characters are looking at and discussing.

The main character in this book is Jacob and all of the peculiars in Miss Peregrine’s care. Each child has his or her own peculiar abilities, and while Jacob doesn’t believe he has any type of peculiar abilities, he soon finds out that he does. He also finds out that he is very similar to his thought to be crazy grandfather. He sets out to help his new friends, even though his father still thinks he is crazy, as does the rest of his family. The more Jacob helps the peculiars, the more he realizes that the world is not all that it seems. He notices that the people he can truly trust are far and few between and that maybe, just maybe, his timeline needs to change to be of the best help to all involved.

Fighting the hollows and wights gives Jacob a purpose that he didn’t have before, much like his grandfather and he is able to protect, or help protect his new friends in this way. But, when it comes down to it, can he leave his family that he has been living with for years to be with a new family that he has only met a few weeks ago and change his entire life’s direction.

This story is beautifully and hauntingly written, pictures or not. The rhetoric used is powerful and only adds to the powerful story that is being told. I would highly recommend this book. It will keep you entertained for hours.

All By Myself, Alone

All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

This is Clark’s newest book, and it does not disappoint. This book comes with a slew of characters, all of varying degrees of importance. This book tells the story of the maiden voyage of a brand-new ship, being compared to the Titanic. But, like with the Titanic, tragedy is bound to strike. When someone dies, an investigation is underway, as well as the search for the Man with 1000 Faces who is rumored to be on the ship in search of the priceless emerald necklace. What first starts as a trip of a lifetime,  turns into a trip of disaster, begging the question, “Will you survive?”

This book has many characters that are introduced one after the other and at first it takes a little time to remember who is who. But once the book gets started, it is easy to follow. With each chapter, the viewpoint of the story shifts, allowing all sides of the story to be told. 

If you pay attention to the clues it is easy to decipher who committed the crimes, but it was a quick and easy read. I couldn’t wait to finish the book and can’t wait for her next one to be released!

The Body Reader

The Body Reader by Anne Fraiser

This book was an easy read and kept me fairly well-entertained. There were a few spots I had to go back and reread because I lost track or somethings didn’t make sense, but overall it was a good read.

This book follows Detective Jude Fontaine, a woman that was kidnapped and tortured before finally escaping from her captor. When she enters the real-world again she is in for a lot of surprises. Does she go back to work and is she strong enough to face the brutal world that she now knows so much more about? She works with a Detective Uriah Ashby, and even he doesn’t trust her sanity. At various times people are considering her a threat to the workforce and the way things are run. But when a killer is on the loose, there is no time to waste and everyone needs to try and work together. But will they catch the killer in time? Or will he get away? Fontaine gets caught in the crossfire in more than ways than just one and is starting to be a liability, a liability that potentially will lead to destruction of at least one person.

This book was okay, until closer to the end where it seemed to jump back and forth between a couple of possibilities before finally deciding upon a killer. Overall it was interesting and showed various points of view throughout the story. Sometimes following Jude, or Uriah, or even a random person that you don’t know the identify of until later.

Overall it was a decent read.

Stranded on Vail Mountain

Stranded on Vail Mountain by Desiree L. Scott

This book follows the life of Joan Clayton and her interactions with those around her while she is on a week-long vacation at a mountain resort with her husband, her best friend, Stacey,who showed up out of the blue, a few other guests at the resort, and the employees at the resort. Shortly after her arrival to the resort, her friend makes an unannounced welcome to the resort as well. She just happens to be staying at the same resort, for the same amount of time. Joan soon learns that it is too good to be true and leaves the resort on a trek in efforts to calm herself down. While out and about, she gets stuck and a storm is about to ensue. Stephen is assigned the task of rescuing her and completes the task, but not without a few surprises along the way back down the mountain, good and bad.

Once back at the resort, Joan hides herself away from everyone, including her now ex-best friend. Joan is beside herself with grief over all that has happened to her and those around her. When she finally agrees to talk to Stacey, she learns that the truth is not as easy and as crystal clear as it always seems. Her life is turned upside down once more. When the storm finally dies down enough for her and the remaining guests to leave, they do so, but Joan doesn’t do it without some hesitation about leaving Stephen behind. Stacey urges her to stay and Stephen urges her to come back soon. But with both people leading such completely different lives can she give up everything for one and move forward with her life?

This book was a quick, easy read. Great for a cold,winter evening! There is minimal language in this book and despite a few Kindle glitches (nothing that interfered with the reading), this book was interesting and held my interest the entire time.

Maybe happy endings do exist, we just have to take the risks and know where to find them…

Crescent Vendetta

Crescent Vendetta by Desiree L. Scott 

This story mainly follows Vanessa through her struggles in a wolf-fighting ring, to acceptance of herself and her unborn child, and finally finding a place where she will be accepted. Vanessa is a shifter. She is wolf and  human. She was captured and held captive in her wolf form, forced to fight, and also forced to bond with her caputerer and rapist. When her alpha brother finally frees her, he can’t convince the rest of the pack to accept her. So, he gets another wolf that was in captivity with her, another alpha, Travis, to take her and look after her. Travis does so willingly and his pack does accept her.

Vanessa brings the troubles of her captivity with her, not only her pregnancy, but also the sadistic rapist that is still after her and bonded to her. Vanessa wants the bond to be broken, but also longs for the safe delivery of her baby, one that will die if she shifts back to human form during pregnancy. Vanessa must search herself for a place to feel at home and learn to trust others and know that others, unlike her father and brother, will love and accept her. Will Vanessa end up with her happily ever after, or will she end up with her rapist again, forever bonded to him.

This book is an easy read, but beware of foul and crude language as well as some sex scenes.