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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs My opinions are somewhat of a mixed bag. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children succeeds in peculiarity but doesn't do as well in its consistency. To start with, the idea of old photographs being used to build and illustrate a story is a really interesting concept that I absolutely love. Looking at an old and fading snap shot it's hard not to stop and wonder. Who is this person?, What are they thinking?, Why this moment? That little bit of curiosity gives us the opportunity to create a story for ourselves about what their life was like and who they were in that single second of time. The photographs in this book are interesting pieces in themselves, but the problem with this is that you can't show someone an image and tell them what they are supposed to see. This is however, exactly what this book is trying to do. Telling me that this is a character, this is a mystery, this is real. And sometimes this method worked, I could see exactly what the author wanted to get across, but other times the photographs just didn't mesh with the story. Personally, I was able to overlook the times this didn't work and enjoy the times it did. But it does complicate what the reader can and cannot get behind. If an aspect of the plot relies on me seeing a photograph in a certain way, then it can easily bring me out of the story if I just don't go along with it. I have to give some credit to Riggs though. This was a ballsy concept and he does do a good effort to make it all work! It just depends on the individual reader to judge whether or not he succeeded. The book started off really strong for me, I loved how we're introduced to our main man Jacob and his grandfather Abe. The story really stems from there relationship and propels the plot to the eventual supernatural. The plot itself was very well paced and things were constantly moving, but this sometimes made it harder to stop and get to know the characters. We don't get to know much about Jacob's personality beyond what is necessary for moving things forward, but as a character he did a great job at keeping me invested in his journey. All the other characters had individual personalities and each added something different to the story. In a similar manner as Jacob though, they weren't given a lot of time to get fleshed out as people instead of just plot points. I am pretty hopeful they'll come though better as the series progresses. The supernatural elements worked pretty well overall. I was able to follow the mechanics easily and as far as I can tell it all worked. It was the ending of the book that lost a lot of it's steam for me. I don't think that it felt as serious as it should have. Jacob had been doing such a good job emoting throughout the book that I didn't feel like he showed enough emotion when it really counted. I really start to see where things were going the more things were revealed and the storytelling seemed to suffer as it tried to bring drama to the final act.However, I still really liked where the story ended and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next. A lot could be done with this story and I think it would be great to see where it goes! So yes, my feelings are very mixed on this one and because of that I'm not sure I would just recommend this one to anyone. I still liked it and Riggs's writing is quite good but it is a book I can see being a different experience depending on the reader.