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R.I.P. VIII Wrap-Up

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Happy Halloween peoples! Since it’s the last day of the R.I.P. VIII Challenge, I figured I’d do a quick wrap-up post.

I was aiming for Peril the First (4 books), and I managed to read:

So I managed! Horns wasn’t on my original list, but I’m still counting it since it was a good dark, supernatural story. Beloved scared me in the beginning, and then it became disturbing and sad. Stiff was interesting – I learned a lot about how we use dead bodies. Miss Peregrine’s was really dark and creepy, especially with the freaky photographs in it. I’m also about 160 pages into The Woman in White, which was on my original list but I haven’t finished yet. I’ve been reading it slowly this month, I’ll probably finish it in November.

Where I failed was in actually socializing for RIP. I totally forgot that there was a review site for people participating, and I generally didn’t blog hop much at all. I feel bad about this… but it seems like I haven’t had as much spare time as I usually do for blogging and reading, so things have just been crazy. I’m barely keeping up with reading the blogs I already follow, much less expanding to new-to-me bloggers. Sorry ya’ll :-/

Anyways, I look forward to doing this again next year, with scarier books, some scary movies, and generally getting into the RIP mix a bit more.

And in the spirit of Halloween, I give you the newest Epic Rap Battle of History – Blackbeard vs. Al Capone (there’s even a reference to Halloween)

I think Al Capone won that one, sadly. I always cheer for the pirates.

~Sarah

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Well hello, R.I.P. VIII read number three! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a GREAT choice, you guys.

Jacob grows up listening to his grandfather’s story of how he grew up on a special island in a home for children, and shares tales of the interesting children that lived there. Jacob dismisses this all as hokum as he grows older, but when a horrible tragedy occurs and shakes up Jacob’s teenage world, he’s set on a journey to find his grandfather’s island and get some answers. His life, and sanity, may depend on it.

What’s really special about this book is the photographs – all really creepy, like the one on the cover. These are photos that the author borrowed from people who apparently collect strange old photos, and he basically built a story around these pictures, and it’s brilliant. It is disturbing, and mysterious, and captivating. Jacob is a generally likable 16-year old kid, and I usually don’t really like teenage characters. There are really interesting, unique secondary characters. The plot is engaging, and the dilemmas pull on your heartstrings just a teeny bit. Tim Burton would do wonderful things if he were to put this into movie form. He’d hardly have to change a thing – the tragic, unsettling features are already there.

I’m having trouble putting a label on this book… paranormal or fantasy, because of the elements involved? YA, because the protagonist is a teenager? But it’s not written like a YA book to me… General fiction, because it doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else? Anyone else have an opinion on this?

There’s going to be a sequel to this (out in January, according to Ransom Riggs’ website), and I’m looking forward to it. I hope it’s just as original as the first, and that there’s plenty of new creepy photographs spread throughout the book. It’s a shame it’s not coming out in the fall, because this was a perfect book for getting into the spooky Halloween spirit. And if you still haven’t read this by the time the next Dewey’s readathon rolls around in April, this was a great readathon pick. Pages just flew by. You might wanna keep that in mind.

Sarah Says: 4 stars

Book Blogger Hop, yo.

Hop, hop, hop.

Hey ya’ll. So I’m actually up late / early enough to do this before work for once, yay. I’m a little more than halfway through Nightwatch, so expect a review of that HOPEFULLY tomorrow. So this here Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books, and you should visit there for more info and participate and such.

So this week’s question is………

 
“What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?”

Hmmmm… this is actually a tough question cause I hate being scared and henceforth don’t read many books that would fall in this category. However I do read classics, and hence I’ll have to go with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, cause that dude totally knows how to create a sinister, dreary atmosphere. I’d also have to say Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte cause you know, there’s moors and rain and ghosts and so much good gothicness and I loves it.

Soooo… what about you? Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite spooky book is! Do it.

~Sarah