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Thanks again to all that entered!
Taylor and Rebekah
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Reviewer: Rebekah
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Rating: 4/5

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive

Main Idea: Anyone who loves a bit of mystery, sci-fi, imagination, time travel, humor, Wales, and/or “boarding schools,” you might want to definitely pick this up. 

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, but I never picked it up because A.) I’m cheap and B.) the library never had it. So when I found it, at no place other than Sam’s Club (you can get literally any and everything there), for less than 11 bucks, I was flipping out! So I packed it away and read it in less than two days while turning into a fried chicken nugget on the beach. It was wonderful. 

I figured it would be a bit creepy – I mean look at that LEVITATING girl on the cover.  The check-out lady gave me the WEIRDEST look when I bought it.  

our conversation:

“What is THAT?” – check-out lady
“A book…” – me
“I know that. That creepy girl…is she HOVERING?” – lady
“Uhhh….” – me

That’s about it.

Jacob, the main character, is just a regular rich kid with no friends wanting more in life than his easy way up into the family business (reminded me a bit of Looking For Alaska’s Miles as the kind of loner type). He wants to believe in the magic his grandfather has always told him about, but he knows it can’t be true, especially now that his grandfather has gotten very senile and mixed up about everything. But the trip to the place his grandfather always told him about turns out to be more than he bargained for…

For those of you that have read it, I know it seems a little bit too much like a X-Men revamp, but hey, I LOVE X-MEN! Call me a nerd. I don’t care! It has a distinct darkness to it, but it isn’t overdone. It’s funny too.
I did feel this book was drastically split…but that’s kind of how it should be. He even starts out with a spill about how his life is so drastically divided between the then and the now. There’s not a whole lot of character development JUST yet…but you get the taste of it. And I’m ready for the next book.

I totally recommend this. It is everything and nothing like what I expected. 


Cross My HeartReviewer: Taylor
Title: Cross my Heart
Author: Sasha Gould
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 262
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Rating: 3/5

Venice, 1585.
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancĂ©, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

Main Idea: I would recommend picking up this book if you are in the mood for a quick, not too intense mystery/historical fiction book. It was very enjoyable from start to finish and definitely had me guessing!

This was one of the first historical fiction books I have read in a while, and I really enjoyed it! We follow Laura as she is released from the convent her father left her in to discover that her best friend and older sister, Beatrice, is dead. Her father now expects her to act as her older sister, acting as the proper girl that society deems appropriate. She has also been pledged to marry her sister’s fiance, Vincenzo who is basically completely disgusting. She learns about the Segreta, a secret society who promises to help her as long as she gives them a secret. And then the story goes on from there.

I loved the whole mystery aspect of the story. She is very suspicious that her sister’s death was not an accident, but a murder. However, she begins to suspect the very society she has taken an oath to be a part of. So, yeah, that was very intense and intriguing! There is also a very attractive Italian man that Laura meets who has a few secrets of his own up his sleeve.

I enjoyed the story, however it wasn’t very complicated at all. It was kind of point-blank… not much else going on besides the main plot of the story. But, sometimes simple is good! All in all, this was a historical fiction story that I really enjoyed!


We are officially on Spring Break, enjoying sand and sunshine at the beach. So, this will probably be our only post for the week, and it’s an IMM video! Enjoy!
What did you get this week?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish. Each week a different top ten “theme” is chosen. This week, we are choosing our top ten favorite series! We have read more than one book in each of these series (unless only the first book is available), and we are excited to share them with you! For real, who doesn’t love a seriously good book series where you can just keep on coming back for more! Leave yours linked below!

 So here they are:

Both of us love…
1. Harry Potter Series. Yep, we put our wizard friend up top again because we must. And we are not ashamed.
2. The Hunger Games. No explanation needed.
3. Divergent…..obviously i’ve only read the first…but i’m obsessed
4. Chronicles of Narnia. What else?
5. The Maze Runner. WHAT UP. An Amazing trilogy full of action, adventure, and mystery!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Gosh. I love these. SO MUCH.
2. The Millenium Series. So much craziness.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

1. Unearthly Trilogy. Angel books that will blow your mind.
2. Across the Universe Trilogy. These Sci Fi books will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ahh they are so good!
3. Gemma Doyle Trilogy… I’ve only read the first two (the last is a GIANT), but these books are historical fantasy, and they are so good!

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
Obviously, we LOVE a good series. So share yours with us! Please??
Taylor and Rebekah