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



A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

My Review

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ is a book I’ve been meaning to read for years now and I was so happy I finally got around to it. I decided to read it in October because I expected it to be a creepy read that would get me in the mood for Halloween, but instead I was thoroughly disappointed. I wanted to love the book so badly due to how hyped it is but in the end, I had to DNF it at 51% because I just couldn’t get myself to read another page of it.

The first half of this book was incredibly boring and extremely slow. I know that some people enjoy reading slow books and I don’t usually have a problem with a book being slower than most others but I had so many moments in which I put the book down to take a break because nothing was happening at all. I also really liked the idea of the book prior to reading it and think it would’ve had a lot of potential if it had been done in a different way. I kind of just don’t understand why this is an entire trilogy if the first book is so slow that it might’ve been better to put part of the second book into the first one.

I was also very intrigued by the photos included in this book and thought they would add a lot to the story. But after reading most of the book, I feel like the photos actually interrupted my reading flow and I could’ve sometimes done without them. For one, I felt like someone had just found the photos and decided to build a book around it. I often felt like the author just needed to find some sort of story for the photo even though it didn’t really work with the rest of the book and felt a little far-fetched or redundant. Furthermore, I also didn’t like how each of the photos was thoroughly described before I turned the page and was able to take a look at it. I would’ve preferred it if I had had the chance to look at the pictures myself, discover all the little details about it and imagine my own story for the character before reading the author’s version of it. Reading through thorough descriptions of several photos and then turning the page and seeing all of them in a row just really interrupted the story for me and it just began to annoy me after some time.

One more thing that made me DNF this book was the main character. For me, main characters are an important part of books because I get to follow their story. And if I don’t like a main character, the plot can be incredibly well done and I still won’t be able to thoroughly enjoy it. Unfortunately, the main character from MPHFPC was arrogant and so ungrateful, I just wanted to throw the book out of the window. He’s such a brat and literally takes everything for granted. He is constantly complaining about his job at a drug store (which he has because he’s going to inherit part of the company one day) and also constantly complains about his parents (even though they do everything for him, allow him anything and even pay for a three-week trip to the UK to look at a freaking house). There are people out there who are struggling with money and much worse problems in their life and he still thinks everyone else got it better than him. I understand that authors don’t always want to create characters that everyone falls in love with but this was just so infuriating and unnecessary.

All in all, I just didn’t enjoy this book and can’t give it more than 1 out of 5 stars. But I just want to say that I don’t want to stop any of you from giving it a try anyways. This has received a lot of amazing reviews already and there are people out there who love it a lot. So maybe you might love it even though I hated it. We all have different tastes in books and I don’t want to sound like I’m telling everyone to not touch this book or hurt anyone who’s loved this one a lot.

Have you already read “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and what did you think about it? 🙂


Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover [SPOILER ALERT]



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.


My Review

{Attention: This review includes spoilers!}

I know that Colleen Hoover’s books are usually either a hit or miss for most people. For me though, they’ve mostly been a hit so far, so you can imagine how dissappointed I was when I realized how much I was disliking ‘Without Merit’.

This book is an absolute mess. That’s the only way I can describe it. ‘Without Merit’ deals with all kinds of different topics like anxiety, despression, suicide, sexuality, abuse, terminal illnesses, the Syrian refugee crisis and romance. But none of the topics were properly dealt with and it kind of seemed like the author didn’t even really know what she was writing about. I just felt like she simply added all these topics to the book to make sure that as many people as possible could relate to it and that she would sell as many copies as possible.

But one of the worst things about the book were the characters themselves (and not only because of their absolutely ridiculous names that almost made me throw the book out of the window). There’s literally no character that is even remotely likable. I usually think it’s important to not only create nice characters but also some the reader can dislike but in this book, all the characters were selfish idiots that kept doing horrible things and got away with it. It’s a thing that has been bothering me about some of her other books as well, but it’s just never been as bad as it is in ‘Without Merit’. I feel like her characters just never have to face the consequences of anything they do which is incredibly unrealistic and might give some of her younger readers false ideas about real life.

I could now keep writing about several scenes in this book that made me give it only 1 star like the moment in which Merit let a random stranger kiss her and thought it’s a great thing, or the moment in which she tells her step-uncle that the whole gay thing he’s experimenting with is turning him sentimental (even though she knows he’s bisexual) or the moment in which Hoover thought it would be a good idea to use the brother that forces his sister to kiss him to turn himself straight again as a plot twist but I just don’t have the energy to spend the next hours writing this review.

All in all, there’s actually only one good thing I can say about this book which is that it was once again a very quick read. But still, it wasn’t as gripping as her other books and even before all the shitty things began happening, something already felt off about this novel which is why I just can’t give this more than 1 star.

Have you already read “Without Merit” and what did you think about it? 🙂

October Wrap-Up

Hello everyone and happy November!

October is over and it’s once again time for another monthly wrap-up. Even though I had a lot of things to take care of for college, I managed to read 8 books which I’m really happy about. The 8 books I read had a total of 3,070 pages and on average I gave them 3.125 stars. I even found two books I immediately fell in love with but unfortunately, I also read two books that I only gave 1 star to.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.



Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn // 3 stars


The first book I read in October was ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. It’s a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now and I definitely enjoyed it. I immediately fell in love with Gillian Flynn’s writing style and will make sure to check out some of her other books in the future. Unfortunately, I also had a very hard time getting into the novel and think that the plot was a little predictable.

Click here to read my full review!


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars


So far, I’ve really enjoyed most of Colleen Hoover’s books and ‘Maybe Someday’ was the last of her “main novels” that I hadn’t read yet. So I decided to finally pick it up at the beginning of October and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s definitely one of my favorite CoHo novels and for once, there was literally nothing that bothered me somehow. I loved the characters and just like all her other books, it was an incredibly quick read.


With a Twist by Staci Hart // 3 stars


‘With a Twist’ is another one of the eBooks I found for free on Amazon and it was a very quick read. Unfortunately, the first half of the book was a little slow and I’m also not the biggest fan of the author’s writing style which is why I only gave this 3 out of 5 stars.


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // 1 star


Even though this book is extremely popular and a lot of people have enjoyed it, this is the first book I decided to give only 1 star to last month and it’s also been my first DNF in over a year. I wanted to read some spooky books in October and thought this one would be a perfect choice but instead I ended up hating this book. It was boring and the main character was an arrogant and ungrateful child. I managed to get halfway through the book but then decided to give up on it because I just knew that forcing myself through the rest of it, wouldn’t make things any better.

Click here to read my full review!


History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // 4 stars


This is such beautiful book and if I had to describe it in a single word, I’d just call it “real”. I absolutely love Adam Silvera’s writing style and can’t wait to check out his other books.


Love, in english by Karina Halle // 3 stars


I really love Karina Halle’s books because they’re usually such quick reads. Unfortunately, this book was a little slow but I still loved the characters and enjoyed reading it.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber // 5 stars


Out of all the books I read this month, Caraval was definitely my favorite. It was interesting, incredibly well written and such a quick read. I literally can’t wait for “Legendary” to be published and I’m already counting down the days!


Without Merit by Colleen Hoover // 1 star


Even though I loved ‘Maybe Someday’, my feelings about ‘Without Merit’ are the complete opposite. This book was an absolute mess and it’s definitely my least favorite book of October. I just don’t get why this was even published and why so many people are giving this 5 stars. There are so many things in this book that are just annoying, badly done or utterly frustrating but I don’t want to spoil anything by going into more detail right now.

Click here to read my full review! (INCLUDES SPOILERS!!!)

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one was your favorite? 🙂




Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy, has disappeared. Nick is weak, Nick is a liar, and maybe he’s not the very best of husbands — but is he a killer? Amy’s diary reveals turmoil over their marriage, strange sicknesses, and her deep wish to be a mother — but is she telling the whole story? As the evidence slowly mounts, and the police investigation deepens, Nick is incriminated in horrible ways. He swears he didn’t murder his beautiful wife and goes on the offensive to clear his name. The mystery of Amy’s disappearance only gets more tangled as secrets unfurl from the web of their knotty marriage, and it becomes clear that something may have happened more disturbing than death.

My Review

‘Gone Girl’ is one of those books that had been standing on my bookshelves for ages now and that I just kept forgetting about. But I knew it would be the perfect book to read in October and I was very excited for it. I had heard so many amazing things about it prior to picking it up and thought I would love it. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t as happy with this book as I thought I would be.

The first half of this book was extremely boring. It took me days to get into it and I think I would’ve even DNFd it if I hadn’t been told that things would get more interesting halfway through the book. The whole story was just really drawn out and I think a lot parts could’ve been removed because they didn’t help the plot at all.

But despite all of this, I’m really glad I continued because ‘Gone Girl’ actually got a lot better after I’d gotten through the first half of the book. The second half of it was very gripping and I started flying through the story. I really enjoyed the second half of ‘Gone Girl’ which really made up for how disappointed I was with the beginning of the book.

Even though I didn’t enjoy the entire book, there was still one thing that I immediately fell in love with after the first couple of pages of ‘Gone Girl’. Gillian Flynn’s writing style. This book was so extremely well written. I think she’s a very talented author and I would actually consider checking out some of her other books just because of that.

All in all, this was still a good book and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this book was also quite predictable and even throughout the second part of it, there was nothing that really surprised me. Still, this book ended up being a bit of a mind fuck thanks to the personalities of Flynn’s characters and I decided to give ‘Gone Girl’ 3 out of 5 stars!

Have you already read ‘Gone Girl’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂

Review: Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg



As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?


My Review

“One thing I’ve learnt recently is that blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” 

It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I wasn’t too happy with the first book, I decided to still read ‚Girl Online: Going Solo‘. I liked the second book better than the first one and hoped that I’d maybe also like this book better than the second one. After finishing it though, I can say that this unfortunately wasn’t the case; but I still liked it and would put it on the same level as ‘Girl Online: On Tour’.

GOGS is a very quick and fun read. It’s a cute story and overall the entire Girl Online series is just a bunch of sweet books that are perfect for teenage girls. But even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still enjoyed them so you shouldn’t shy away from these books only because you’ve already entered your twenties.

So overall, this was a great read but there were still a couple of things that bothered me. Unfortunately, I still felt like the main character Penny, was sometimes still acting quite childish for her age and at some points I felt like I was reading about a thirteen-year-old and not about a girl that’s almost seventeen. In my review of the second book, I also complained about the fact that she is a very clumsy character and a lot of the moments in which she was being her ‘clumsy self’ just felt very forced and unrealistic, as if Zoe Sugg was just trying her hardest to make Penny more relatable. In my opinion, this has definitely improved in this book and even though there were still one or two scenes in which it bothered me, she was less clumsy and her clumsy moments were definitely more realistic.

Another thing that bothered me was Sugg’s usage of ‘OK’ instead of just using ‘okay’. But I’ve already complained about that enough in my other reviews, especially in the one of the first book. I also still don’t know if it’s maybe just a common thing in the UK to write ‘OK’ instead of ‘okay’ because if that’s the case, I hope all of you that are from the UK can forgive me for being annoyed with it.

What I loved about this book though, is how it was once again set mainly in Brighton and this time featured a lot of places I’ve been to before. Reading about them just brought back so many great memories and made me really happy. It’s one of the things I just love about reading books set in places I’ve visited before and it just made reading GOGS even more enjoyable.

All in all, this was a good book and I’m glad I decided to read the entire series even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book. I decided to give ‘Girl Online: Going Solo’ 4 out of 5 stars and even though I enjoyed it, I still hope that this is the last part in this series because I think it’s a fitting conclusion to it.

Have you already read ‘Girl Online Going Solo’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂