So Spring Break came and went. Unfortunately it went by way too fast. And unfortunately i didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to. For some reason time just swept right under me (Daylight Savings doesn’t help either). I liked one book, disliked the other… Let me explain. I’ll start with the bad first.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The entire plot revolves around an island where there’s abandoned orphanage. Jacob finds that there really are “peculiar children” and really goes out of his way to fulfill his adventure. There are several different characters that we come across… all with interesting facts about themselves. There’s honestly a lot going on with this novel, and I’m not sure I’ll be reading the others in the series.
This book really has a fascinating plot and I took interest in the ideals of it. I enjoyed the relationship between Jacob and his grandfather in the beginning of the story, except, the beginning took me forever to get in to. I would have put it down before the second half if it weren’t a book club read because it was boring me. Also, this book does have really interesting graphics. Some are kind of disturbing and creepy, but for the most part caught my attention.
The fact that I’m not into fantasy maybe could be why I didn’t like this book, but I gave it a fair chance which is really what being an active reader is all about. I gave it a chance to prove me wrong. I just couldn’t connect with the characters. It was an interesting idea don’t get me wrong, and if you’re into fantasy this might be for you. However, if you’re like me, I’d say just leave this one on the shelf and save it for another reader. Then again, I would also say to try it because I think it’s important to give every book a fair chance. So I mean, whatever you feel like is best to fill in your reading time!
Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys was not what I was expecting! I’ve read a few books now on World War II and this one seems to be on the top of my list for sure! It’s all about the untold tragedies and unkept promises that are lived out during the times of war. It’s about the adventure, the worry, the strangeness of being together with strangers all running away from the same fate. Better yet, it’s about teens that are trying to survive. I couldn’t imagine going through what they did. Readers get four different perspectives throughout the story, which makes all of the characters in this novel seem to be real, true, and interesting.
The realness of this novel kept me interested and it’s fast-paced keeping readers motivated with every page flip. I definitely won’t be apologizing for reading this novel, and won’t be apologizing for saying that YOU NEED TO READ IT. The historical fiction that is featured in this novel will not be forgotten any time soon.