Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hollow City

I have waited a VERY long time for this book to come out!  It is the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  It came out a while ago and I kept walking by it at Target and saying to myself, "I need to get that on my nook."  Of course I never did.  I came super close to buying it at Target, but I am weird and once I start a series on my nook, I want to keep getting that series on my nook.  I downloaded it before my Orlando trip, but just barely got around to reading it. 

Since it has been so long since I read the first book, I forgot many of the characters.  I remembered the main character, a boy that could see the shadow creatures.  I remembered the girl that could make fire with her hands.  And of course I remembered Miss Peregrine.  That was about it.  I couldn't even remember their names.  Not until I started reading this book and everything came back.  It was a lot of, "oh yeah!  I remember Olive, the floating girl!  I remember Hugh with his bees!"  It just took some time to get back into the flow of things.

The first book was a lot of story.  It was a these are what peculiars are and here are some you can find out about.  The Hollow City was definitely more action.  The peculiars are on the move, traveling through 1940 and running away from the shadow creatures.  What I liked most about this book was the character development with Jacob.  In the first book he just wanted to find out what happened to his grandfather and what kind of life he lead.  In this book, Jacob begins to further develop his peculiar ability and the focus is no longer on his grandfather; it's all about Jacob. It is kind of neat because since they are in 1940, there is a lot of story about the war and bombs, it's like being in a piece of history.  As with the first book, the author still uses old (he calls authentic) pictures throughout the book.  They are really cool but some were difficult to see on my nook.  Might have been better on my nook app on my computer.

When I got to the end of the book, I was so sad, I just wanted to keep reading :(

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shadow of Night

Had the holiday weekend not come, I think I would have finished this book much sooner.  Shadow of Night is the second book after A Discovery of Witches.  I am in love with this series!  At times I cannot understand why because nothing happens!  These books are so much character development.  Nothing happens but at the same time everything happens!  There are no epic battle scenes between witches and vampires, but there are many tense moments where you are drawn into the character as they try not to reveal what they are.

A little spoiler here:  In this book, Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to 1591.  That alone makes this book awesome.  Especially when we are introduced to Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth, and William Shakespeare.  In the first book, I felt that Diana was a very strong independent woman and was not frail and was a could-beat-the-crap-out-of-you-with-an-oar type.  I feel like she lost that strong independent woman vibe in this book.  I don't want to say she was weak, but Matthew was definitely the dominating force in this book.  That being said, I still love her character.  I loved reading as she discovered more about her powers and what it meant to be a witch.  I do have to say that around the middle of the book it did slow down a bit and made it more difficult for me to get through.  Once you get past that slower part though the book really picks up and you zoom through it.  As I said previously, these books have a lot of story and are full of character developments.  Yeah we meet big bad vampires and witches and one might die here and there, but no epic gory battle scenes.  I am perfectly fine with that.

I cannot wait to move on to the next book.  Oooh, the next book comes out next Tuesday!  Woohoo!  Barnes & Noble here I come!