Book Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

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There have only been two books in my life that have taken me practically forever to finish: Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs! I’ve always known the issue behind POA but with the other it’s been a mystery. I have always thought it was entertaining but for some odd reason it’s taken me over four years to finally get it off of my TBR list!

The year I purchased the paperback edition was in 2016! I thought it wasn’t that long ago honestly, but I guess I was wrong. I’ve tried to read in 2018 and made some progress but I thought the huge gap in between each time I would stop and read it would confuse me, so once I made the commitment to actually be done with it, I wasn’t necessarily planning on doing a review. It wasn’t until I reached Chapter 9 that I ended up changing my mind and thus, I am here to unleash anything and almost everything…

So, if you haven’t read the first book and want to sometime in the future, please be warn because there might be spoilers listed below.


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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.

taken from Goodreads.


I do remember the day I found this book at Walmart, because the film was being released in theaters and I had seen Candice King from The Vampire Diaries talk about it on her Twitter back in 2016, so it was purely a trendy book at the time and I fell into the trap and basically begged my mom for it that day.

When I first began reading, Jacob Portman wasn’t a teenager in my head at all. I pictured him in his early 20’s and this never went away until he actually gets inside the loop itself. I wasn’t the biggest fan of him either, I thought he was cocky and I don’t really care for characters like that in any age, so it was somewhat difficult but once I got over that hurdle, I started to see him in a different light.

I still don’t believe Jacob was a favorite of mine, at least not as much as I adored both Emma Bloom and Millard. The name Millard has been added into this month’s favorite names, but I just pictured him like Griffin in the Hotel Transylvania films, but way smarter and younger of course! I felt like Emma and I could be best friends. I really enjoyed her spunk and understood her compassion for Abe and Jacob. For me, I loved the story between Emma and Abe, more than her and Jacob. I thought this was creepy!

Since I waited basically five years to complete the book to watch the film afterwards, I hadn’t seen the cast list at all, but when we were introduced to Miss Alma Peregrine, also known as “The Bird” I immediately had Helena Bonham Carter in my mind as the perfect person to play her; I know she wasn’t the actress in the movie but I could not get her out of my mind, in every scene she was in, I had this pretty, dressed properly Bellatrix Lastrange image! I could even hear the woman’s posh voice in my ears, that’s how bad it became for me!

Unfortunately, I figured out who the villain was towards the middle, which really caused me to become conflicted about how I would explain it on here. I’m not usually notorious for spotting ‘Easter eggs’ in anything, so as I continued, I was extremely hopeful I was wrong but it didn’t happen and I was super bummed that I put the two together so quickly.

After I finished it on Goodreads, I gave it a 3/5 stars. It was a four at first but I feel like I wasn’t as interested like I thought, plus how it ended wasn’t up to par with others I’ve read this past year, so with that being said I will not be reading the other five books in the series. However, in the mist of writing this review, I’ve probably watched the film and I am hopeful I will write a post about it too, but it will depend on whether I make it through the entire movie, which is why I never wrote about the Wonder film back at the start of the year.

Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Pecilaur Children by Ransom Riggs? What were your thoughts on it?

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Ultimate Fall Playlist

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September is always a favorite time for me. We are in the middle of two seasons: the end of summer and start of autumn. If you didn’t know, fall is my absolute favorite with spring closing in–mainly because after a blistering cold winter, I crave warmer weather once March comes around.

A lot of people don’t like this time of the year. I can understand their reasons though, because stores tend to bring out various holiday decorations out way too early. I’m looking at you Christmas! Anyways, this month symbolizes a lot of things for me. The most important is pumpkins!

My need to decorate pumpkins as my favorite characters or paint lyrics on the side of it becomes very strong during the early weeks of the month. I do have some plans for them, especially to cement the tradition to my little nephew into enjoying the release of creativity as well! However, you will have to wait for those incoming posts, as I will be talking about my favorite music to listen to, in the wake of the changing colors and weather.

I feel like many people would assume listening to sad music would be perfect for this time. Honestly, it’s not a bad idea! We tend to get a lot of rain between September to the end of November, so you’re not that off the mark.

For my ultimate fall playlist, I have a mixture of both sad and upbeat tunes to enjoy in the next three months. So, I hope you enjoy what I have listed below.


Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars
Gemini Feed by Banks
Come Undone by My Darkest Days
Photograph by Nickelback
Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Bad Romance by Halestorm
When You Break by Bear’s Den
Hard Times by Paramore
All Around by Flyleaf
The Bleeding by Five Finger Death Punch
Monster by Skillet
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
Disturbia by Rhianna
Dust To Dust by The Civil Wars
Broken by Seether featuring Amy Lee
Barefoot In The Park by James Blake featuring Rosalia
Why Do You Love Me by Charlotte Lawrence
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Cary Brothers
Blood by In This Moment
All These Years by Camila Cabello
Paint It Black by Ciara
Thorne by Bring Me The Horizon
Badlands by Smoke Season
My Name Is Human by Highly Suspect
In The Darkness by Dead By Sunrise
Here by Alessia Cara


The one thing I wasn’t planning on was the amount of rock music I’d want to include the actual list. It seemed strange at first, but there are a lot of heavy metal songs that go perfectly with fall! Although I allowed this to happen, I did try to keep myself open to other genres too. If you don’t like rock music, there are some alternative, pop, and R&B songs in the whole playlist.

Honestly, my thought process was anything that reminds why I love about fall so much! So, there are of songs that make me think of going to football, homecoming, Halloween, high school in general. It’s always strange that May always makes me feel thankful that I am out of school, but once fall comes around I automatically want to absorb every bit of it over again. And the fact that lots of schools over the world have cancelled all fall sports, that overwhelming feeling has made me want to release it more to the world.

If you would love to check out the rest of the songs, please click this link and it’ll take you to where you need to go and listen. I hope you enjoy the entire selection.

What is your ultimate song that describes autumn perfectly? If you have more than one, that is fine, I’d like to see what makes you, you in these colder and dark months.

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October Playlist

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This month has been a really good one! A lot has happened, some things were great while others were not, but things have been cooling down lately so that’s a plus!

I have been listening to Spotify again! I recently got a Fire tablet as an early birthday present from a very special person. I have been playing around on it a lot but the first app I installed on it was Spotify, because I was actually very worried it wouldn’t work for me. Luckily it did and I have been really happy to be able to listen to both new and old music again. So, the monthly playlist on there will probably be really long and I’m not sorry about it! However, I am going to keep giving you my Top 20 (okay, so it turned out to be the Top 22) tracks that I loved for October below!

Hate Me by Ellie Goulding featuring Juicy WRLD
Shameless by Camila Cambello
Swan Song by Dua Lipa
Play With Fire by Sam Tinnesz featuring Yacht Money
It’s Like That by Mariah Carey
Black Widow by Iggy Alazlea featuring Rita Ora
Be Without You by Mary J. Blige
Graveyard by Halsey
Try Again by Aaliyah

Motivation by Normani
Dark Side by Ty Dolla Sign featuring Kiiara
Power Is Power by The Weeknd & SZA featuring Travis Scott
Serkland by Leaves’ Eyes
Lover by Taylor Swift
Back To Life by Hailee Steinfield
The Bones by Maren Morris
Hurts Like Hell by Madison Beer featuring Offset
Someone You Loved by Lewis CapalDi
How Much by Brianna Mazzola
Que Pena by Maluma featuring J Balvin
Reckless by Lacuna Coil
Newgrange by Celtic Woman

I really tired my hardest to keep it somewhat short, but once I started remembering all of the songs I’ve been loving on both Spotify and YouTube, it kind of exploded so that’s my best explanation there! If I can, I’ll try to post the actual playlist on my blog’s Facebook later today so if you want to listen or simply look at what I was loving this October, you can!

What were you listening this month? I’d also like to know what is your ultimate favorite Halloween song?

NOTM | Metallic + Neon

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I feel the need to say that this post could be a really long! So, it’s probably best you get comfortable in your seat because you may be here for a while.

Two years ago, my nana was living in the nursing home that my mom works, but unfortunately she was not able to stay there because of money so she went up north to live with my Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike. The drive there is about four hours, and it’s a lot for one person who isn’t use to being in a car for that long! If you have wondered why I haven’t been talking about my regular holiday crafts or shenanigans with her, this is the reason why. At the time, I thought I would write a post about the transition but I couldn’t get myself to do it, so I’ve been rather quiet about the subject in general.

And then… I got a message from my friend Brittany, whether or not if my mom would allow her to take me up there for a surprise reunion. I was excited by the possibility of seeing everybody again, but extremely nervous because of opening old wounds but when my mom came in saying that it was okay, I was so freaking happy! The really mean part about this was that Brittany, Laurie, Mike and I had to keep it a secret from the rest of my family for three days! What was funny though was I pulled what Brittany did to me the night before the Five Finger death Punch concert in 2016. On Friday, my nana sent me a funny video and even though I had no plans of talking to her before the surprise, I just kept chatting to her through Facebook and I ended it the way I always do with “love and miss bunches” knowing she had no idea what was going to happen the very next day!

Our family is known to pull great surprises! It started with my Uncle david and then it went to his son, my cousin Chris, who I think perfected it that everybody has it embedded in their heads! Somehow the torch was passed to Brittany and I, and it was great! My nana and Chris’s wife Amber cried! And yes, we got their reactions on video too!

After we surprised my nana though, we had about an hour and a half to kill before everybody showed up, so I had some crackers because I got motion sickness in the car, thanks to my damn nerves! And I don’t know what made me ask this question, but it just came out of my mouth. I asked nana if she had any nail polishes and while I was there, if she could paint my nails for me. I think it made her feel good to be able to do this again. She even remembered to put the napkin underneath my fingers so we didn’t ruin my shirt!

My Aunt Laurie had some really interesting colors in her collection, but I went for one Halloween-ish color and some metallic polishes too.

Let’s focus on my hands first; they are usually the most complicated to do because of the way they are placed. Since I am not able to unbend my elbows, I can’t just hold out my hands for her. Instead she has to come closer to me to be able to reach them. A lot of the times, we miss sections of the nail itself or they get upper part of the skin and she has to use her finger or Q-Tip to wipe it off. I always feel like she’s giving me the “nana touch” when this happens though, so I usually try to keep her from trying to fix it.

Once we finished with the fingers, we took a little break for both of our sake’s because while this was going on, I’m pretty sure we were holding our breaths the whole time! We needed a quick breather before moving on to the toes. At least the toes would easier for her because I could easily move my feet wherever she wanted to have better access to them.

For this, I thought it was only right to have this neon green color, as my crazy /Halloween flare. I knew I was going to use it, there was no way around it! What was neat about was that since it was a vibrant hue that we only needed one coat! Honestly, all three of them were like this, so that pretty was handy! Anyways, my nana had less mistakes when it came to the toes and even though it was weird to have polish back on my nails after so long, there was nothing more cuter than the reaction on my nephew’s face when it realized my toes were green two days later!

Everytime I go on a trip, whether it was long or short, I always wish for more time. This was no different. I truly miss because around my nana everyday, but I know how much she enjoys being there with my other family members, they take really good care of her and I feel like it would be selfish of me to linger on the separation. I have to be supportive of where she is now, and we respect that we both have other things going on but when we have a free moment, we can talk about things on Facebook. I don’t think it will take another two years for us (or any of my family members) to get together again, I refuse to accept that reality. However, we may have to wait until spring to make it happen though!

How do you like my nails for October? What is the longest you have went without having fingers or toes painted? Let me know below!

6 Halloween Movies For Adults

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We are on our last Halloween-y movie post! If you have missed the others, here are the Kid and Teen lists if you have time afterwards. This is directed to all of the adults out there as these films can have a lot of blood and gore, plus naked people throughout different scenes!

This was fairly easy compared to the others. I actually came up with this miniseries while I was trying to watch a movie featured below. That’s when I figured this would be a ghoulish (cool) idea to do! I tried to give you a variety, so you’re not going to get bored with each one, and honestly I was prepared to add more, but I decided I should keep the rest back in case I want to do this again for next year, and honestly I wanted to keep the amount the same for all three posts. 😉

Queen Of The Damned (2002)

I feel like this is the second most recent watched movie on this list. I finally had the guts to watch this on HBO last summer. I had tried to watch it prior but certain scenes were cut out of the original and of course, the commercials are really annoying so when this appeared on our guide, I was really excited! I didn’t really know what to expect because it was such an older movie and I’m not familiar with Anne Rice either, so watching this was interesting and better then Interview With A Vampire.

One thing I didn’t like about it, was the fact that Stuart Townsend isn’t the one singing at all throughout the movie. It is actually Jonathan Davis of Korn! I was shocked but I knew I recognized that voice when it first started. I definitely want to learn more about Maharet, because I thought this character was so interesting, but let’s be honest so was Akasha too! They’re the only reasons why I’d totally read the books!

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Out of the five movies, this was the one that I hated, but mostly for good reasons when it comes to horror films in the first place. When I saw this for the first time, I remember being on edge the whole time because I knew about the blood and violence, but there were other things featured in this movie that the others didn’t have at all, like an actual flying vampire with wings! It was totally unexpected and scared the living shit out of me before it was all over, thus landing on this list!

The entire franchise is one of my favorites, they are exciting and very intense! If I need that fantasy driven action packed kind of movie, this is a go-to selection. I literally devoted myself for a whole year to watching all of the movies to get ready for the fourth film. I wasn’t able to do the same when Blood Wars was first on Starz, and I’m still not allowed to binge the whole thing because we’re missing Awakening on our DVR.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

This is my recent watched movie on this list. A part of me sort of feels embarrassed by it, because it was really a stupid film, but I do think it was pretty gruesome too! I knew I had the right to be afraid on Megan Fox years ago. She plays a clever succubus, which isn’t a vampire, more like a demon that likes human flesh compared to blood. The worst scene for me was when Jennifer basically throws up that black mess onto Needy’s kitchen floor. I had an upset stomach afterwards.

Although it was a comedy-thriller, I can’t watch it again for the world. I am glad I can cross it off my list, but nope, you can’t pay me to watch it for a second time. If you haven’t seen it and like this sort of thing, you might have a different opinion about it. Good luck!

Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters (2013)

So, okay I need to admit this right now. I only wanted to watch this because Famke Janssen was in it. I wish I could go back and tell myself that I would sort of regret that decision to actually watch it. Don’t get me wrong, the movie itself was amazing but I was not ready for what it had in store for its viewers. However, I feel like that it was a good starter to the one below it.

I felt that played well with the original tale of Hansel and Gretal because both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have innocent looking faces, they’re just witch hunters! The witches in this film were freaky as hell, I remember I had to take a lot of breaks while watching it because sometimes it got to be too much for me to handle at once. It was also one of those films where it was good enough to never need a sequel after it, you know?

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

This was another great movie! Although I made the mistake of starting it right before I ate supper, so when the beginning took place with that witch came out of the fire, it really surprised me and I had to wait until the next morning to actually finish the rest of it. I was really into it, but I really liked how clean and realistic it looked during certain scenes.

I would never think that Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie would bring great chemistry but they did! I was 100% behind it. What puzzles me is that not very many people liked it when it came out. I think it might’ve been the fact that Vin Diesel was the witch hunter that threw everyone for a loop, because he already looks like he could be one, so maybe they were hoping for somebody else that could shine out of other roles. I thought this was just different as far as picture and story, and I really hope HBO goes back to playing it again.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

When I was a Junior in high school, I took a class called Novels for one semester and I loved it! The first book we read was Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and I was really excited about it because I knew it was a classic and I thought it set the tone for what we could expect for the semester, because the rest were not wimpy novels at all and that was only one of the many reasons why I grew to love that class a lot! While I knew the whole story of the monster and its creator Victor Frankenstein, I think this was the closest to the origin story as you can get with a movie!

I remember while I watched it, I was seeing different chapters of the story I read probably six years before. They were suddenly flooding in my head at a fast pace and I was literally turning into a critic as it continued on, but instead of hating it I actually loved it because I saw a visual of a decent Victor on the screen, James McAvoy was a firm believer that he could basically defy God and everybody else to create a human being, while having an reluctant assistant in Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe) who did what he was told or else he’d face whatever consequence Victor would do to him. I have to say that Igor wasn’t mentioned in the book at all, but I actually liked him in this story though!

I feel like I should mention that all but one of these movies were highly recommended by my dad at some point or another, because he is like me in a way, he’d rather watch a fantasy/horror inspired movie because let’s be honest, the special effects are pretty great! He does have a far larger collection of scary movies than me, but we do share quite a bit and we tend to ask what the other person thinks of it after we’ve finished it. The only one he hasn’t seen is of course, Jennifer’s Body because he knows better than me apparently!

I hope you all have enjoyed this series, if you liked it enough for me to do something like it again for next Halloween, let me know in the comments, okay?

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