Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Pages: 356 Pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

The Blurb

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar 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 of the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s 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.

The Review

As far as weird books go, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has to be up there. That probably sounds like I didn’t enjoy it. I did but it was definitely a book outside my comfort zone.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is part time travel novel, part adventure and part family saga. It follows the story of Jacob who has grown up listening to the adventure stories that his granddad has told him over the years. However, with the passing of time Jacob grows up and stops believing his grandfathers stories about the strong girl who could lift boulders above her head and the boy who ingested bees. But what if these stories were actually the truth all along?

Jacob sets off on a pilgrimage to visit his grandfather’s old home and to find out if the demons that haunted his grandfather can be explained away.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a really interesting book that is interspersed with strange and unusual photography. It is graphologically gorgeous to hold and it is definitely worth a read.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is available now.

For more information regarding Ransom Riggs (@ransomriggs) please visit www.ransomriggs.com.

For more information regarding Quirk Books (@quirkbooks) please visit www.quirkbooks.com.

3 Stars

Title: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Author: Katie Alender

Pages: 296 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press

The Blurb

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her class trip. But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette. Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge. And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

The Review

When I first started reading Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer I found that I was quite unsympathetic to the protagonist Colette. She was whiny and a bit of a flibbertigibbet; flighty and somewhat transparent. However, Alender has employed the clever bait and switch technique because as the story progresses so does our sympathy for Colette.

What I really did love about Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was how atmospheric Paris and Versaille appeared is presented. You totally believe that the spirit of Marie Antoinette has come back to right the wrongs of the past.

I think that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is a perfect read for those who like to blend their YA with historical fiction and you would be foolish to disregard it. It is a must.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is available now.

For more information regarding Katie Alender visit her Twitter feed @KatieAlender.

For more information regarding Scholastic Press (@Scholastic) please visit www.scholastic.com.

Mad LoveTitle: Mad Love

Author: Nick Spalding

Pages: 316 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

The Blurb

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.

What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re the perfect match, it doesn’t make it so!

Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple’s progress, and they have to make a go of it or they’ll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality’s reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other’s throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other’s hearts?

Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare—complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls and some very suggestive pastry.

The Review

I do love a good love story and I have to out this out there, Nick Spalding is the master of the modern day love story.

Spalding takes the everyday occurrences and moulds them into stories that make you laugh, cry out in frustration and breathe out a deep heart warming sigh.

In Mad Love, Spalding takes on the fairly modern phenomena of online dating. People often complain that dating isn’t like it used to be. You go out with some friends, give someone the eye and then at the end of the night when the DJ plays a slow song you have a bit of a snog. This was how my mum’s generation did it. When I was in my twenties the songs didn’t slow down and you had the “quarter to two” lads who would start sniffing around girls who they hadn’t paid any attention to for the rest of the night but they didn’t want to go home alone. People say that internet dating isn’t natural but it has become the more organic way to meet people these days.

Spalding takes internet dating one step further in Mad Love. What if you had an algorithm decide who your perfect mate was? Wouldn’t it take the stress out of dating? Two people who had signed up to dating website Sociality and both entered a competition to win a butt load of money, a fancy London flat…..and a husband/wife. When the algorithm picks Adam (nerdy and bit unsure of himself) and Jessica (perky and persistent) things go a little catawampus.

Mad Love is a feel good romp which highlights the perils that lie behind the profile picture. This is a must read for someone who wants a chilled out, funny book.

Mad Love by Nick Spalding is available now.

For more information regarding Nick Spalding (@NickSpalding) please visit www.unitedagents.co.uk/nickspalding.

35 Stars

Title: Liars, Inc

Author: Paula Stokes

Pages: 362 Pages

Publisher: Harper Teen

The Blurb

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc., they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up – terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body.

Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer. But can Max find the real killer before it’s too late?

Paula Stokes starts with one white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the very end.

The Review

Life hasn’t been easy for Max Cantrell but as he has got older things have settled down. He has been with his loving foster family for years, things are going well at school and he has a gorgeous girlfriend. Things take a turn for the worst when he gets implicated in the murder of his best friend. Worse still is that the police have found reason to believe he has a motive.

Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes is a fast paced, intense story that will have you on the edge of your seat and reading as fast as you can to discover the truth and to find out if Max will be ok. T is a wrist

Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes is available now

For more information regarding Paula Stokes (@pstokesbooks) please visit www.authorpaulastokes.com.

For more information regarding Harper Teen (@harperteen) please visit www.harperteen.com.

35 Stars

I AM BrideTitle: I AM BRIDE – How to Take the WE out of Wedding (and Other Useful Advice)

Author: Laura Wilcox

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Abrams

The Blurb

The first book from Upright Citizens Brigade comedian Laura Wilcox, I AM BRIDE is a hysterical spoof of all the lavish, ridiculous, and stressful things a bride deals with when planning her BIG DAY.

In this bridal gag gift, Laura Wilcox writes in the voice of an overbearing, outrageous wedding planner, covering all aspects of a wedding – from the moment of engagement (hopefully with the ring you’ve been not so subtly emailing him about for months), all the way through the final minutes of the big day. Accompanied by Jason O’Malley’s humorous illustrations, Wilcox offers tongue-in-cheek advice for every wedding-planning hashtag, planning a gift registry to make everyone jealous of your fabulous lifestyle, or figuring out how to distance yourself from the poor, unfortunate souls who didn’t make the cut for your guest list.

Laura Wilcox’s refreshing take on all things bride will turn tradition on its head, and have you rolling your eyes and reading passages out loud to your engaged (and married) friends. This funny book is a perfect gift for the friend who can’t stop pinning to her dream wedding board, bridezilla-to-be, or any bride who would benefit from a much-needed break from the stress and madness of wedding planning.

The Review

Last year I got engaged. Yay. Now I have to plan a wedding and I am petrified. I don’t know how to plan a wedding so I read I AM BRIDE for help.

Basically, I AM BRIDE is a gorgeous looking book. It is Tiffany Blue with pretty gold writing and I’ll be honest it was just too damn pretty; I didn’t read the blurb so when I started reading the book I was little perturbed. It was almost a guide on how to be a bridezilla and that is not what I want to be. However, I soon realised that I AM BRIDE is very tongue-in-cheek. It even has a guide for the groom!

I AM BRIDE is seriously funny and the illustrations are fantastic. It is the perfect engagement present for your friends an even though it is very jokey it does give you a little bit of advice. I now feel that I have a little bit more comfortable about how to proceed with planning…I think.

I AM BRIDE – How to Take the WE out of Wedding (and Other Useful Advice) by Laura Wilcox is available now.

For more information regarding Laura Wilcox (@Laura_Wilcox) please visit www.LauraWilcox.com.

For more information regarding Abrams (@ABRAMSbooks) please visit www.abramsbooks.com.

35 Stars