Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

The three books of this series are filled with unusually interesting magic and a story that was never really told or was even imagined. In this series, Ransom Riggs, the author, introduces the readers to a world of peculiarity where children of all ages can do a variety of extraordinary things and where time doesn’t pass.

The story starts in the book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, when Jacob Portman first discovers his peculiar ability and the other peculiar children on a remote island called Cairnholm, in Wales where he goes after his grandfather’s death, who is also peculiar, and after discovering that his grandfather had wanted him to go there. He enters a time loop, where a certain date is set to be repeated by the ymbryne (also known as the headmistress or the protector of a group of peculiar children), and meets new friends and their ymbryne, Miss Peregrine at the children’s home where they live. Miss Peregrine is captured by the enemies of the peculiars, later on in the book, and the children have to learn how to protect themselves. Jacob helps the children escape their attacking enemies and, therefore,leaves the island with them. The story continues as the children continues to face their enemies, the wights and the hollows, without their ymbryne, throughout the first book and the second book, Hollow City. Wights are humans with complete white eyes who eat on peculiars’ eyes to stay immortal. Hollows are tall monsters with a bunch of tongues and are former humans. They are invisible and only can be seen by people who have special peculiar abilities like Jacob. Jacob also gets better at his peculiar ability as he faces new threats and discovers more of the peculiar world. Secrets unfold about Jacob’s grandfather, who was also peculiar and was killed by the wights, and about himself and due to this, Jacob changes rapidly throughout the series. In the end, the children are able to get Miss Peregrine back, only to find out that she was stuck in her bird form.

In Hollow City, the children travel to another time loop that runs on another date and discover more peculiars, except in the forms of unusually different animals. They discover that their ymbryne is also missing and so, leave the loop with a few of their new friends to London, the capital city of Peculiardom, where they think their ymbrynes are held. They are soon captured by wights who are pretending to be soldiers, but escape them. In the end, the children discover that the bird they had thought the entire time was Miss Peregrine, was actually her evil brother, Caul, who wanted the ymbrynes’ powers to himself. The children are captured and taken away except for Jacob, a girl named Emma who can summon fire, and a talking dog named Addison, who the children had meet earlier in the book. This is the end of the second book.

Jacob’s journey ends in the final book, Library of Souls, where Jacob, Emma, and Addison travel to the head fortress of the enemies and meet new allies. They work with the others to figure out a plan to get into the fortress to rescue their friends and their ymbryne. During an attempt at getting into the fortress, Addison manages to get in, but is captured right away. Jacob and Emma come up with a plan to get into the wight’s fortress. As the book goes on, Jacob and Emma discover that Caul wants to collect the souls of the peculiars to gain power and to become the king of Peculiardom. In the end, Jacob and Emma get into the fortress and manage to follow a plan to rescue their friends. Of course, I’m not going to tell you what happened in the end. I don’t want to ruin it.

Ransom Riggs uses interesting and creepy photographs throughout the three books to show what his happening or to show certain things. Each photograph is real and is a vintage.

Now, why do I recommend this series? This book is for teens and it is totally different from the other sci-fi books such as The Maze Runner Series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and many other books. There are many twists and turns in this book that can make you get completely lost in each page. I think I did get a little bored in the second book, but the ending was definitely worth reading. For those, who like pretty much of every genre: romantic, action, suspense, and many other genres, this is the series for them.


Overall, out of 10, I would give Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children a seven and a half. Thank you.

The Fever Code

I’m finally back! Here is my new blog after not posting for so long! Enjoy!    

The fifth book of the Maze Runner Series, The Fever Code, came out on September 27, 2016 and I got the first edition with the signature of the author, James Dashner, in it. I loved the book a lot. It puts in all the pieces of the story that were missing and fills in the big gap between the timing of The Kill Order and The Maze Runner. In the end of the book, everything made sense and the book left me with a satisfying feeling.

    The book starts with Thomas describing how it was like for Wicked to force him to change his name. I’m not going to tell you Thomas’ real name. I don’t want to ruin it. The book goes on showing how Thomas met Teresa for the first time, and then secretly started meeting with Newt, Minho, and Alby. Then, Thomas learns about the Maze Trials for the first time and helps Wicked design it with Teresa. The book shows how he spent endless days in the observing room, watching all his friends in the Maze. In the end, Thomas decides that he has to do something about Wicked’s plans and that all that is happening isn’t right. In the end, he decides to take action and how things don’t end up the way he wants them to.

    I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the book to all of you since the book is new and a lot of people are still reading it. The Fever Code completes the entire series with a great end to the book just like The Death Cure. I still do want more of this series, so I kind of hoping for a sixth book even though the series and the story have ended. I hope you all love the book because if you have read all the other books of the series, you need to read this book because it will complete the entire story for you. Please read it, I recommend it! Thank you!

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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Recently I read the book The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. I would have never gotten to read this book if I hadn’t been awarded it. I got this book when I was awarded the award for Outstanding Perseverance at the year end assembly at my school.

In  The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, the story is placed during the 1940s at the time of the London Blitz. There are actually two stories that are being told in the book. One story that happened in the 1860s and one, like I told you, is happening years later in the 1940s. These two stories are connected to each other, in fact the events that take place in 1940s exist because of what happened in the 1860s. The main character of this story is a girl named Katherine Bateson who is probably 15 or 16 years of age(the book doesn’t really say the age clearly). People call her Kat in short form. She is sent to a school for children who are escaping the Blitz in London with her younger brother and sister. The school’s name is Rookskill Castle which is located in Scotland. Along with her and her siblings, is a young American boy named Peter Williams. However, something is unusual about this school, something magical, you may say.

All the magical things start to happen when Kat is gifted an old chatelaine from her great-aunt Margaret. There are three charms on the chatelaine: a pen, the scissors, and a thimble. Her great-aunt says that the chatelaine is magical and when Kat needs to use the charms, she will find the right words to charm them. Each charm could do something special; the pen was mightier than a sword, the scissors can cut through anything, and the thimble is to catch souls. Kat at first doesn’t believe her great-aunt at first, but when she hears about the magic at Rookskill Castle, she starts to think that maybe her great-aunt was right. It seems like it is all up to Kat and her friends to end the dark magic of Rookskill Castle and save the future of the world from the most evil power of all. Can she do it all or not?

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle,  the story is unique itself and is filled with action and anticipation. It is a book where nothing is alike, everything is happened for a purpose. This book is a bit scary, so I would recommend not reading at night. I tried reading it at night, I almost got scared to death.

Please read the book and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.

(Look out for the new ‘Movie’ category being added soon!)

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series + The Heroes of Olympus Series

When I think about the name “Percy Jackson” I feel like I’m connected to it. I just don’t know why. I feel so good when I read the books-I feel so knowledgeable. Today, I’m going to write about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus Series-two of my all time favourite series. I can never get enough of these two series-I just feel like reading them again and again. The cool thing about these books is that they are fictional, but then they are also non-fiction. I know there aren’t such people or place like “Demigods” or “Camp Half-Blood”, but I am sure there should be something real about the Greek and Roman history.

I really can’t summarize these two series because they are so long, but there are some few words that can describe them. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is the first series where the entire story of Percy Jackson starts. In the first book-called The Lightning Thief– Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod, son of Poseidon, God of Sea, and one of the Big Three. Now, some people think that this is a bad omen because Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades had taken an oath to not have any children. Some think that Percy is the lightening thief who stole Zeus’ Master Bolt even though he didn’t. Somehow Percy is able to mix in with the other half-bloods at Camp Half-Blood. Percy’s instructor, Chiron who is a centaur, believes that Percy is the Hero of the next Great Prophecy. Chiron believes that Percy is destined to either destroy of save Olympus when the Titan lord, Kronos, attacks with his army of Titans, Giants, and many other monster. In the first book Percy and his friends, Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena who is the Goddess of Wisdom, and his satyr friend, Grover Underwood go to the Underworld-the Land of the Dead- to rescue his mom who got trapped there when Percy killed the monster-the Minotaur. Percy discovers that a shield given by a fellow demigod has Zeus’ Master Bolt hidden in it. After rescuing his mother, Percy returns the Master Bolt to Zeus in Olympus and meets his father for the first time. They have a small greet and meet before Percy leaves. When Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood, he is greeted by his fellow demigods and is celebrated. I will just describe the first book because then I will ruin the entire series for anyone who hasn’t read it. In this series there are five books-The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. This series is one of the best I have ever read and it is filled with action and emotions.

After the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series comes The Heroes of Olympus Series which is where the Romans come into the story. This is when the Romans and Greeks are brought together by the Queen Goddess, Hera. This takes places after the Titan War. Now, it is time for the Prophecy of the Seven. It is about seven demigods-both Greek and Roman-who are destined to defeat the Evil Earth Goddess Gaea. All seven demigods are united in book three-The Mark of Athena. Among the seven demigods, there is also Percy and his friend Annabeth. There are also five books in this series-The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, and The Blood of Olympus. There are a lot of new faces you will meet in this book and you will get to know about a completely different society and culture. This series gets really emotional at many times and I have almost cried at many times. Even though this series brings in the Romans and the other version of Greek mythology, I like The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series better.

This two series don’t really have a moral in them like Who Moved My Cheese?, but when you read them you can learn so many lessons from the characters. Each character has his or her own lesson to teach depending on their personalities or their struggles in the past. Each character also has his or her own type of sadness and you will actually get to feel their sadness like it is actually your own. Rick Riordan plays with words so perfectly that you can feel like you are part of the book. Sometimes I felt like going into the book and comforting the character when they are feeling sad or helpless. This is one of the major reasons why I feel so connected to the books. I know the characters so well that I feel like they are real to me and I know them.

In these two series, I have learned a lot. One of the things I have learned is that when you make a really big mistake, the only thing you should do is learn from it and for next time, try your best to not make your mistakes. One thing I noticed was that all the mistakes the demigods made were really big and had made them feel depressed for their entire life. Another thing I learned was that try to let go of your past. Be in the present. The past  is gone and will never come back. Don’t worry that everything will repeat itself. Actually try to prepare yourself for the future and make yourself a better person. Many characters were stuck in their past which made them so lonely and depressed.

In the end, these two series will always be my favourite and I will always remember all that I learned. My favourite quote from the movie version is when Percy Jackson says “I make my own destiny.” You don’t need anyone telling you what you were made for-you can be anything and do anything. Another great quote is “A kind act can be as powerful as a sword.” Sometimes you don’t need to be something big or do something big. Even by doing many small good things can make you powerful. I even think that sometimes doing something good for someone who is not that favourable can be good and change the person’s perspective of looking at you and the world.

This book is highly recommended and I hope that when you read, you will love it like me.

 

Who Moved My Cheese? (Post read)

Today, I finished the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” and I loved it. As soon as I put the book down after finishing it, I felt like I could pick it up and I could read it so many more times again.

“Who Moved My Cheese?” is a book about change. It perfectly describes how change is not just possible, but necessary in life. If you do not change, you will always think the same and act the same. Trust me, life will get so boring if there is no change. This is exactly what  Spencer Johnson wanted to say in his book.

The way Johnson conveys the message is “incredibly interesting”.  The way he blends in the meaning into the story-it feels like the story was actually told by the a real life person and the story is actually real.

To summarize the story, “Who Moved My Cheese?” is about two mice-called Sniff and Scurry-and two “Littlepeople”-called Hem and Haw who live in the “Maze” and look for the “Cheese” which is like a metaphor of what you want in your life. For Hem and Haw, it was like a good job, loving relationship, health, etc. For Sniff and Scurry, the “Cheese” is simply cheese. Everyday, Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw go out of their homes and look for the “Cheese”. Sometimes they are lucky and find one big supply, while at other times, they don’t even find one small crumb. Each character has a trait of his own. Sniff can sniff out the change early and Scurry scurries quickly into action to adapt to the change. The two mice have very simple ways of thinking. When a change occurs, Sniff and Scurry hastily figure out a way to solve the problem.

After so many days of repeating the same routine, the “Cheese” stopped appearing at Cheese Station C. This was a huge change for all four of the characters. However, for Sniff and Scurry it was simply a change they would soon adapt to. Right after they realized that the “Cheese” wouldn’t appear again, they decided to move on. They started to search the “Maze” for “New Cheese” and let go of the “Old Cheese”. Soon enough, they found another Cheese Station called Cheese Station N that had a handful of supply to last them long enough.

Meanwhile, Hem and Haw always thought in a complex way. For them change was horrible. Change could lead to something worse. When Hem and Haw started to think that the “Cheese” was always going to appear at Cheese Station C, they moved their homes closer. But, when the “Cheese” stopped appearing, they started to panic. They started to fear what would happen to them-how they would end up and how had the change itself had happened. Regardless of how frightened and stubborn Hem was, Haw was able to clear  away his fearful thoughts and think about the positive side and what he could do to improve the situation. Furthermore, Haw thought that it was time he and Hem moved on and looked for “New Cheese”. Haw had started to think that the change might have been for something good and not for something bad, like Hem believed. Many times Haw tried to convince Hem into going into the “Maze” to look of another supply of “Cheese”, but each time Hem would resist. Meanwhile, Hem and Haw had tried everything they could to find the “Cheese” that appeared at Cheese Station C-they even made a hole in the wall to look if there was something inside. But, as expected, they found nothing.

Soon, Haw decided that it was time to take action. He told Hem that he was going into the “Maze” to look for “New Cheese” Hem ignored Haw and went off to sit in front of Cheese less Station C to see if the “Cheese” would come back. Before leaving for his journey, Haw wrote a thought on the wall for Hem to think about and maybe make him think of coming and searching for “New Cheese” It read: If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct. Hem ignored that, too. So, Haw took off into the “Maze” alone to look for “New Cheese” Haw now had become a believer. Deep down, he believed that he would find “New Cheese”-he even imagined him sitting among bunch of “Cheese” and enjoying the delicious flavour of it. One time during his trip, Haw even went back to Hem to see if he could convince Hem into coming with him. Even this time, Hem resisted. So, Haw went back into the “Maze” and soon found Cheese Station N where he met Sniff and Scurry with a whole supply of “New Cheese”

Haw had learned so much from his trip for finding “New Cheese” He learned how to overcome his fear and enjoy his surroundings and learn to adventure. He learned that it was the fear itself that was making him think about something worse. In reality, everything was so much more better. Haw learned that the day you learned how to laugh at yourself about how fearful and stubborn you were, you would be able to adapt and accept the changes in your life. Each time Haw learned something new and important, he would write the lessons on the “Maze” walls, thinking that maybe soon one day Hem would see these messages and follow Haw’s path and find Cheese Station N, assuming Hem survived that long.

In the end, it was all about what Haw learned throughout his journey in finding “New Cheese” and being  able to make a change in his own life.

It is actually true that all we need to fear is the fear itself.

Above is the picture of the book’s front cover and The Handwriting on the Wall.

Please read the book and believe me, it will change you and the way you think about change itself.

 

Who Moved My Cheese? (Pre-read)

Today, I bought my own copy of ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’. I haven’t read it yet but I want to summarize a few thoughts that I have on this book. I know that this book is about change and how important it is. It is also about how to manage your life. I can personally relate to both of these topics as I sometimes can’t just accept a change in my life. I also need to learn how to manage my daily time. Now that I’m growing up, I have so many things to do that I get so overwhelmed. I’m really excited to read this book and learn a whole lot of life lessons from it.

As I read the summary on the inside cover of the book, I kind of have found out what the book is about. It is about two mice and two being who are the size of mice. They live in the “Maze” and they look for the “Cheese”. The “Cheese” is like a good job, loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. It is like a metaphor of what you want in your life. But, the “Cheese” keeps on moving and changing. The mice and the beings have to accept the change everyday of their life and expect that that is what will happen the next day and each day of their life until they actually get the “Cheese”.

After reading the summary on the inside cover, I look at the small quote at the back of the book. It says “It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze. If the same routines worked. If they’d just stop moving “The Cheese” But things keep changing.” The first thing that comes into my mind after reading it is short cut. Life would have been so easy if we could just ask for something we wanted and straight forwardly get it. If the mice and the beings have a map of the “Maze” and the “Cheese” stops moving then there is no point of hard work and determination. You cannot have short cuts in life, whatsoever. If you want something, you need to work towards it. You cannot have the map of the “Maze” and the “Cheese” will not stop moving until you get it. Hard work and determination is all you need.

Even before reading this book, I recommend it to everyone and to all ages. The book is really short, however I’m sure we can learn a lot of things from it. Please look out for my next blog which will be on the book after I have read it.

Source: “Who Moved My Cheese?” and personal point of view