5 stars · dystopia · young adult

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust

Not a Drop to Drink #2

release date : september 23rd

author : mindy mcginnis

pages : [hardcover] 384

memorable quote They found each other’s hands in the dark, and an angel with chipped marble wings watched over them as they slept.

favorite characters : lynn & lucy

summary :

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

review :

Not a Drop to Drink is one of my favorite books and I’d never expected to love it when I first started reading it. While it’s a great book on it’s own, as soon as I heard about a companion novel set in the same world several years after the events of book one, I absolutely had to get my hands on it. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed! Mindy McGinnis delivers again with an action-filled, heart-wrenching story that’ll have you crying, laughing, and thinking of how thankful you are that you don’t need to go through the trials Lynn and Lucy do.

What makes In a Handful of Dust so different from its predecessor is how we’re shown more of the United States as it is after the devastation of the Shortage. I liked getting to see more side characters with their own stories, whether they’re old enough to remember the world before things went bad or if they’re like Lynn and Lucy, never having known anything but this harsh life.

Both books show humanity’s capacity for cruel actions but I think this second book really honed how people were willing to go to any length to survive. I thought that it was bad learning about Lynn’s upbringing, alone with her mother who taught her from a young age to shoot anyone on sight, simply so those people wouldn’t have the chance to take a little of their water. This companion book has many more horrors. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say there were a few twists that had me gagging.

In the first book, Lucy was only a little girl, so it was fantastic to get to see how her personality has developed now that she’s older. Obviously I was also excited to see Lynn; she’s had such a devastating life that she’s one of those characters I just want to hold back and protect from all of the bad things in the world. She’s such a strong woman, though, and her bond with Lucy absolutely makes the book for me. The two of them could be set in any kind of world, in any time, and I’d still love them and the little family they’ve made for themselves.

I really, really love these books and want to recommend them to everyone. Mindy McGinnis is fabulous and I want more of her writing immediately. She makes it so easy to slip into the world she’s created, so easy to fall in love with her characters. Go read her great prose for yourself.

5/5 stars

books to movies

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Even though I’ve never read the How to Train Your Dragon books (one of my goals for the summer!) I absolutely and irrevocably fell in love with that world when I happened to be channel surfing three and a half years ago and started watching How to Train Your Dragon. I have no idea how the original film escaped my notice when it hit theaters. I adore well-crafted and -scripted animated movies, maybe more than the average person my age but I don’t see what’s wrong with that. I had high expectations for this sequel, not only because I was getting to see two of my favorite heroes in theaters but because it was going to be awesome. And yeah, I was right.

A little side note to thank people like my roommate for putting up with me all semester (maybe all year) when I would suddenly see a new still or information about the movie and be reminded of my excitement for it all over again.

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Toothless is just the most adorable, kickass dragon out there and I have no regrets that I picked him up at Build-a-Bear a few weeks ago because How to Train Your Dragon 2 (although it could have had a more original title) made me love the guy even more. He’s possibly the last of his kind but he has the most wonderful, powerful relationship with Hiccup. The two don’t speak the same language but . . . I suppose I could say something corny, like they speak the language of friendship and love instead. I’ll go with that.

Hiccup! I knew that they’d aged him for this movie but had no idea that he was supposed to be twenty until one of the characters in the movie started comparing Hiccup at twenty to his father, Stoick, when he’d been that age. Hiccup’s as old as I am! Not only was that exciting to find out but (as I pondered why creators need to make animated people so attractive) little Hiccup is coming into his own in this movie. Even better, he’s still the quirky, clumsy guy that we all know and love.

I was not prepared to cry during this movie. How to Train Your Dragon 2 gripped me and didn’t let go of me. I don’t feel like I was emotionally prepared for any of this, to feel so attached to these fictional characters and to want only the best for them. Including the dragons. Especially the dragons. Because, really, who would want to see Toothless sad or defeated?

I laughed so hard during 90% of the film-whenever I wasn’t busy tearing up. It was just as funny as the last movie! The whole gang from How to Train Your Dragon is back and better than ever. There’s something in this humor for everyone to love so this is definitely a movie that I’ll recommend to anyone of any age.

The animation and soundtrack in this movie are breathtaking. As I’m writing this I’m already planning to buy the soundtrack as soon as I’m finished this post. I already own and love the first soundtrack, if you haven’t checked that out. The score is just AMAZING. The scenery in this movie was so beautiful. I felt like I was immersed in their world immediately, as soon as the camera panned in and the score began.

Please go watch this movie (or the first one!) and let me know what you think! I absolutely loved every minute of this and can’t wait to see it again!

5 stars · action · fiction · horror · series · young adult

Quarantine: The Saints by Lex Thomas

Quarantine: The Saints

Quarantine #2
Book 1: The Loners

author : lex thomas

pages : [hardcover] 400

favorite characters : will & violent

summary :

A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door…
McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.
The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.

review:

I read the first book in this series a little over  a year and a half ago. I remember sitting there after I finished it, devastated by how long I would need to wait to get my hands on the next book. Quarantine: The Saints has similarly ruined me. There isn’t even a set release date for book three yet! The way that this one ended, I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to stand the wait. I love this series so much!

First of all, the characters in this series aren’t always loveable but they’re well-written. I never really liked Lucy, especially because of how she led on both David and Will and always seemed to be spending time feeling sorry for herself. And then this book happened. I’m not going to spoil anything specific but she turns into a real badass that made me like her so much more. Although I hate how everyone in the school has turned savage because of being trapped in there with each other, I think she really did need to grow up a little and learn how to handle things on her own. She isn’t the weak link anymore and she knows it.

Will. I’ve always liked him, even when he was stupid, which does tend to happen a lot for him. It’s genuinely scary reading about the horrible things that are happening to the kids in this school, all because they’re tearing each other apart. If they all got along and calmed down and split up the drops evenly, things might have been better for all of them, yet right from the start nobody even considered that and it turned to absolute mayhem. This is even worse for Will because he’s epileptic and now doesn’t have the medication to stop his seizures. He’s trying hard to be strong and brave when his own body could betray him at any moment.

Now that there’s a group of new characters to contend with, I didn’t really know what to think of them for about the first half of the book, though something about it didn’t sit right with me. They all kept to themselves and formed their own gang but until the reader is given an insight into their lifestyle and what their leader is really like, they’re mysterious. And then it gets ugly, really fast. Because Sam, the main antagonist in book one and the guy who ruled the school, isn’t the only guy to watch out for now.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want to! There are so many different elements to it and I can’t wait to see where it goes in book three because there are so many things that could happen!

5/5 stars

If you love this book, you might also like This is Not a Test or The Hunger Games

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

Lunar Chronicles #2
Book 1: Cinder

author : marissa meyer

pages : [hardcover] 452

memorable quote She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.

favorite characters : wolf & scarlet

summary:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

review :

Oh. My. Goodness. I could NOT wait to read this book after I read Cinder. I took such a long time getting my hands on the first book that I didn’t delay in running off to get the sequel as soon as I was finished. Now, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not because I can’t quite read Cress, book three, yet. Not until 2014. 2014. 

This book introduces another set of main characters, the two most exciting to me being Scarlet and Wolf. Again this sci-fi take on a fairy tale surprised me. Wolf . . oh! He gave me all of the lovely, fluttery, agonizing emotions that make me wish his character was real so I could date him. He’s just so adorable, even though he’s also lethal and mysterious and did I mention lethal? Prince Kai never gave me so many feels in Cinder but I can forgive him because Wolf more than makes up for that!

But even before Wolf was fully introduced to the story I was in love because there was another kick-ass heroine to love. Scarlet isn’t going to let anything stand in the way of her rescuing her grandmother even when she realizes that investigating this further could get herself killed and doesn’t even guarantee her grandmother’s freedom. It’s really awesome how she’s been through so much and is such a great girl. Plus she never loses her signature red hoodie!

Cinder’s story picks up just where it left off in book one and I’m so, so happy to see how tough and awesome she is. Not that she wasn’t before but it’s so easy to see how she’s growing and changing because of all of these events and revelations. Even if she has to deal with an annoying partner in crime, who I thought was hilarious!

You really, really need to read this book and you won’t regret it. I promise! Stars, it’s great.

5/5 stars

If you loved this, you might also like Tyger Tyger or Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Check out the book trailer!

5 stars · dystopia · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent

Divergent #2

Book 1: Divergent

author : veronica roth

pages [hardcover] : 525

memorable quote : “Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” 

favorite characters : four & tris

summary :

One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

review:

I looooved Divergent so much that I needed to pick this book up as soon as it came up. Unfortunately a lot of other great books were coming out around the same time, school was busy overtaking my schedule, and, well . . . I finished most of this book pretty quickly but lingered over the last hundred pages. Why? I have no idea. It took me a long while to muster up the stamina to finish the book in one go because I felt like I really had to. Not that I’m saying it’s unenjoyable or that I hated it; far from it. It just didn’t grip me like book one did.

The characters were all amazingly fantastic! Tris and Four, and, yeah, everyone else. Supporting characters included! Even the bad guys were delightfully evil (and by delightful I mean they scare the crap out of me). I liked the entire concept but it felt like a lot of nothing was happening. Even though that nothing was important character development, skirmishes, shocking revelations . . It felt like a transitional sort of book. Sometimes that happens to sequels and Insurgent unfortunately was sucked into that pit as well. I have very high hopes for the third one, what with how this ended, but it’s not a real favorite like Divergent was.

I still really recommend this! Veronica Roth is so amazing when it comes to plot twists. She knows when to throw them in and how to have you thinking that it would never happen just before it does. Go pick up a copy and fall into this dystopian world! It’s one of the better trilogies I’m reading right now.

5/5 stars

5 stars · dystopia · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed

Author: Ally Condie

Pages [hardcover] 367

Matched #2
Book 1: Matched

memorable quote:
Everyone has something of beauty about them.

favorite characters: eli & cassia

summary:

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

review:

 I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I finished ‘Matched’! That was one of those books that I heard everyone loved, so I decided to read, but still had my doubts about it when I picked it up. Luckily, they were blown away when I actually read it, and I think Crossed was even better. Something that I thought I would easily dismiss has turned out to be one of my favorite dystopian trilogies.

This time around, some mysteries from the past were cleared up, secrets were revealed, and friendships were tested. New characters were introduced, and while I absolutely loved some of them, I couldn’t quite figure out others-and not only because they were purposefully trying to be mysterious. I loved having every other chapter told from Ky’s perspective. At first I didn’t think I’d like the new voice-though there was no other way to tell what was happening to him in the Outer Provinces-and allowed his character to develop and let the reader understand some of the difficult decisions he is making.

I loved the integration of ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ into Cassia’s personal rebellion as well as the theme of the book. That poem has practically followed me around all of my life, and it’s one of my favorites. I’m glad it’s one of the few that’s managed to survive despite the Society’s best attempts to eliminate all other pieces of art.

The ending seemed abrupt and forced for me, as if there wasn’t a good point to leave off for the next book. I didn’t think it fit in with the pace of the rest of Crossed, and although I wasn’t happy with it, there was still enough to make me come back for the next one. I’m definitely sticking with these characters to see what happens next, because this book was more of a transitional ‘journey’ book, getting from point a to b. While I liked reading it, finding out more about the characters-particularly Ky and Xander-I think what I’m really looking for will happen in the next installment. I can’t wait!

GREAT CHARACTERS, GREAT FUN. 5/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test #1

pages: [paperback] 293

memorable quote:
“Do you think he’s cute?”
I rolled my eyes. “He’s a god, Mom. Of course he’s cute.”

favorite characters:
ava & kate

summary:

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

review:

I loved this book so much! I’ve only just started to get into reading modernized bits of mythology-most recently, through Meg Cabot’s Abandon, or the Percy Jackson series-but I think I’ll be reading these books for a while. Kate is a fun character to read about, because she definitely isn’t perfect. While I don’t agree with all of the decisions she made, they didn’t make me like her any less. And Henry seemed to be the stereotypical tall, dark, and brooding love interest, but there was definitely more to him than I saw at first.

The only negative thing about The Goddess Test I can say is that I found it predictable. I’m not sure if it was because I already knew a lot about Greek mythology, both from school and my own interest, or if it was purposefully put in that way, or what, but I figured out most of the plot twists before they happened. While this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book, I can only hope that the sequel, set to be released later this year, will up the ante a little.

But I don’t regret already having a good grasp of the Greek gods beforehand, because there were little things embedded in the story that could have been easily overlooked, but made me laugh because I could figure out how it either was or wasn’t relevant or was just another play on mythology.

I definitely recommend The Goddess Test. For those who like mythology, for those looking to ease into it. Someone looking for a good romance or story about the power of a mother and daughter’s love, this is for you.

RIDICULOUSLY ADDICTIVE. 5/5 stars

3 stars · fiction · series · young adult

Nightspell by Leah Cypress

Nightspell

Author: Leah Cypress

Pages [hardcover]: 326

Companion to:
Mistwood

Favorite Characters:
Kestin & Callie

Summary:

A stand-alone companion novel to the much-acclaimed MISTWOOD. When Darri rides into Ghostland, a country where the living walk with the dead, she has only one goal: to rescue her younger sister Callie, who was sent to Ghostland as a hostage four years ago. But Callie has changed in those four years, and now has secrets of her own. In her quest to save her sister from herself, Darri will be forced to outmaneuver a handsome ghost prince, an ancient sorcerer, and a manipulative tribal warrior (who happens to be her brother). When Darri discovers the source of the spell that has kept the dead in Ghostland chained to this earth, she faces a decision that will force her to reexamine beliefs she has never before questioned – and lead her into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens the very balance of power between the living and the dead.

Review:

I was so incredibly excited to read this book, after loving Mistwood to pieces. However, this companion really fell short . . . And I’m not entirely sure I’d have read it through to the end, if it hadn’t been for my feelings toward the other book.

The characters of Nightspell are varied, though most are royalty and all are flat. I never seemed to care whether or not most of them were in danger or perfectly safe, because some-for example, Dari’s brother, Varis-were detestable to me, and never redeemed themselves. I assumed that at some point he would grow into a better person, perhaps recognize what was wrong about his beliefs, but this never happened. I think that coming from my own experience, I was finding it unbelieveable that someone could care so little about whatever terrible fate their siblings fell to. I was hoping he’d at least get what he deserved.

And the ending barely resolved anything for me. The major conflict, which I was actually drawn into near the end, was never fully solved, just left as it was. Some sort of resolution was hinted at, and though sometimes I enjoy books that don’t spell out everything that will happen after the action takes place, this just didn’t do it for me. Some who were evil were never dealt with. Some of the problems they simply walked away from.

I did like the setting which was carefully constructed, so I have to acknowledge that. But most of the plot twists were easily seen before they happened, so there was little impact there, just a confirmation of my intuition.

I find it hard to see that these two books were written by the same author, let alone being set as companions for one another. I can’t tell if my expectations were too high, or my tastes have changed since February, when I read Mistwood, but I know that I’m not entirely at fault. So I can say I will probably not be reading more by this author.

DISAPPOINTINGLY DULL. 2.5/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Perfect

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Pages [hardcover]: 622

Memorable Quote:
Love

Is
a curious thing. Sometimes
it barrels into you, leaves you
breathless.

Favorite Characters: Andre &  Cara

Summary:

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.

Review:

I’ve read one other novel by Ellen Hopkins-Tricks-and I’ve already decided she’s a fabulous author, and I’ll probably read anything she comes up with, for the rest of my life. She certainly had a way with characters, making them completely deplorable and detestable one moment and worthy of redemption and respect the next. This feat, not easily pulled off, is only accentuated by the wonderful verse writing that lets the emotions drip off of the page, and the characters feel as if they’re right in the room. Telling me their own story, through their own words.

Everything is incredibly heartrending, breathtaking, and just real. I love authors who hold nothing back-however much of a risk they may be taking-and decide to show (because this and others like it are young adult books) teens that although their problems may not be as pressing as Cara’s or Andre’s or Sean’s, they’re not alone in their addictions or disorders, or whatever they might be struggling with. Everyone has to know (however vaguely) someone whose life has fallen to pieces because they couldn’t figure it out themselves, or had no one to help them along the way. And that’s why I think everyone should give these books a chance, however much they think they won’t enjoy them, because you’ll come out of it with a new perspective on . . . everything.

I can’t wait to read more by Ellen Hopkins. I have a feeling this is an author I’ll be following for a long time. I was actually wary of starting in on her books, because I assumed they were nothing but bland poetry, but you know what they say about assumptions . . . And I was completely proven wrong. Everything seems much clearer, and easier to picture, through her style of writing. And it’s completely perfect.

POETIC BRILLIANCE. 5/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Pages [hardcover]: 352

memorable quote: We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.

favorite characters: Olive & Jacob

summary:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

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.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

review:

As soon as I saw that cover, I knew I was going to read the book. Is that a bad way to pick what you’re going to read next? Probably. Was it worth it? Yes, because there were plenty more wonderful pictures where that came from, all scattered throughout the book. I was tempted to sneak a peek at all of them before I began reading, but I decided not to. I think that was a good decision, because the pictures directly relate to what’s happening in the plot, usually when Jacob finds or thinks of a photo. That adds so much to the story!

Besides that, the characters are fantastic. I had no idea where Miss Peregrine’s was going to take me, and I loved every step of the ride. The beginning, I admit, I rushed over a bit, wanting to get into the more ‘peculiar’ part of the book. It was interesting in its own right-detailing how everyone and their mother thought Jacob was insane-but once the peculiar parts started, I couldn’t put the book down, and finished the rest that day.

Although there were a few parts of it that I didn’t like, and can’t really talk about without adding a few spoilers-which I’m not going to do-the book, overall, was great. I loved it. It’s something I’ll re-read, and those pictures…some of them were downright creepy. Some oddly beautiful. Some, I wouldn’t like to see if I was home alone, late at night . . .

And, finally-ugh! I didn’t know that there was going to be a sequel. Or, at least, it seems like there’s build-up for one. Not that I mind reading more about this, but I hate going into a novel, thinking it will be completely tied up at the end . . . and be left with as many questions as I started with. Oh, well.

PECULIARLY AWESOME. 5/5 stars

Check out the book trailer! I remembered that I saw it months ago. It’s probably the best trailer I’ve ever seen. And..ugh. More creepiness.