Hollow City

Review of Hollow City By Ransom Riggs

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

lo-res

A solid second book in a trilogy. Hollow City picked up immediately after Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ends. There’s a lot of action in this book as the children try to find help for Miss Peregrine and find themselves chased by Hollows and Wights.

One thing I really liked in this book is that the peculiar lore is deepened as the children explore the world outside their island and discover that The Tales is at least partially true. And of course, there are more of those awesome pictures.

I just watched the Miss Peregrine’s Movie today and while there were quite a few changes, it was still enjoyable! I didn’t realize the third book in the series, Library of Souls, was already out. I really hope the movie didn’t spoil the ending to the series!!

 

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

e11af130-240c-0133-7702-0aecee5a8273

The description for this book does nothing to show how FUN this book is! Ready Player One was first recommended to me a few years back. I remember at the time looking up the description and thinking it might be a little above my head in the way Neuromancer by William Gibson was. When I read Neuromancer, I had a hard time conceptualizing what was going on and if I hadn’t had to read it for a class, probably would have given up on it. Same thing with. The Reality Bug by D.J. MacHale. That book was probably my least favorite of the Pendragon series. On the whole, I’m not really into reading about virtual reality. Watching, yes. I liked The Matrix. But reading about it, not so much.

Anyway, I kept hearing things about Ready Player One over the years, but it wasn’t until I saw a copy while browsing the airport bookstore after a delay threatened to eat into all of my available reading material that I finally got a copy.

I was born in 1990 and have never really been into the whole 80’s culture. I’ve seen a few of the iconic movies, but not many. Know some music, but not much. Have seen a few of the older video games, but have played hardly any (and that goes for more current games as well). But I still found this book to be a great ride.

It’s fun, it’s imaginative, it’s fast-paced, it’s clever, and it’s a must read! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was just a joy to read! I really enjoyed this one and I imagine if you’re really into 80’s culture, remember living through the 80’s, love video games, games in general, and/or all things nerdy you will love this even more than I did!

And there’s a movie coming out in the near future directed by Steven Spielberg!

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=isleo-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0307887448&asins=0307887448&linkId=8aa3508f62a81565a6b117c771639bf3&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff

The Last Star

By Rick Yancey

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

16131489

I was so excited to read the conclusion to The 5th Wave series! This has been a great series, one full of action, deep questions, and wonderful writing.

I enjoyed the end to the series, even if it was a bit sad. I didn’t cry this time though. I suppose I’ve been ready for it since the beginning. I was home sick so I read this book in a day and what a great day that was!

It wouldn’t be a review of The 5th Wave Series without some quotes and since I don’t want to spoil this book at all, I’ll leave you with this one:

“You’re never perfectly safe. No human being on Earth ever is or ever was. To live is to risk your life, your heart, everything.”

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

9460487

This book was recommended to me way back when, but it wasn’t until I realized the movie is coming out soon that I realized I needed to get on it and read this book.

This book definitely went fast. I really liked the unique style though I found the pictures, for the most part, to be quite creepy. The story was interesting, unique, and engaging. The island, the house, and the children were all very vividly drawn. All of the plot twists were clever and I didn’t see them coming at all.

I enjoyed how the book took real events (World War II, The Tunguska Event) and wove them into this very creative story. I can see why this author is so highly recommended, particularly among fans of John Green. It has the right mix of cleverness, details, and engaging writing.

I have the second book in the series, Hollow City, and I’m looking forward to reading that.

The trailer for the upcoming movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children:

Glass Sword

By Victoria Aveyard

23174274

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

The second book is really where the overtures of The X-Men come through in this series. Mare and her friends are looking for more New Bloods which means we’re exposed to a host of fun new powers. Once these New Bloods are collected, they obviously move into a training phase to prepare for the coming war.

If you didn’t like Mare in book one, you won’t like her here. Much as in all second books, the hero has to make some questionable choices and do questionable things, from which they’ll need to reassert themselves for the third book so we love them by series end.

There is a major death in this book, but it didn’t really sadden me. I think others felt differently though.

All in all, looking forward to book three!

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

15839976

Since I live in San Diego, last year I went down to Comic-Con to see what free stuff I could do or pick up. Not much, really. But as I was walking, someone handed me a free book from a box. This book in fact. I accepted it, but figured it was some badly-written indie book I’d end up donating. Lo and behold, when I got home I discovered it was this amazing best-seller!

Red Rising was awesome! I’ve been describing it as Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones meets The Martian. I’m sure there are better comparisons out there, but this is what I’m working with.

After about 50 pages in, this book had me hooked and didn’t let go. I started this book the night before I got sick and spent the next day on the couch sick and reading this book. It’s a long one so I probably read 75% that day and then the rest the following day.

It’s gripping, it’s expansive, it’s exciting, it’s violent, it’s heartbreaking, it’s imaginative, it’s a hell of a good time.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the second book, Golden Son soon.

And I sincerely hope a movie or tv show is in the works for this series.

Red Queen

By Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

22328546

I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. This.

The kind of book that makes you stay up late two nights in a row to finish. The kind of book that makes you totally ignorant to people speaking to you, even when they call your name. The kind of book that makes you wish you could magically make books two and three appear in your hands.

Fast-paced, engaging, with plenty of plot twists and mind-blowing secrets.

Oh and Victoria if you’re reading this, let’s be BFF’s because, girlfriend, you’re kind of living my dream life. International best-seller at 26, debuting at #1 on the NYT best-sellers list, three-book deal, international book tour, and movie in production. Oh and your hair is amazeballs. Yup, let’s talk.