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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky That .gif is perfect for this!!

"The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me." -- AMEN!!


message 2: by Susana (new)

Susana Duffy why would you go through all that trouble and add a video to this comment? i didn't even know you could do that!


message 3: by Wigs (new)

Wigs Susana wrote: "why would you go through all that trouble and add a video to this comment? i didn't even know you could do that!"

Er do you mean gifs? They're not video files, they're just multiple frame images. You can add them to reviews with HTML just like images.

Wasn't a trouble at all and I find people enjoy them.


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Luna Yes. Actually, I just wanted to tell you that they are hilarious.


message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie can someone explain what she means when she is talking about Marcie?


message 6: by Wigs (new)

Wigs Katherine wrote: "can someone explain what she means when she is talking about Marcie?"

Marcie is the child who left the home and went to live with actual parents. The story explains that Marcie was kidnapped and killed while going on a bus to school in the 1980s.

But since the story says that leaving the school ages you within a matter of hours, she wouldn't have have time to sign up for a school or even go to one, the child would have been an adult after a few hours of being in the outside world.

Hence the world building not making one wit of sense.


message 7: by Stacey (new)

Stacey Lucky Great review! Whose the guy in the first.gif? He's incredibly handsome!!!


message 8: by Wigs (new)

Wigs Marlon Brando! :)


message 9: by Stacey (new)

Stacey Lucky Sorry but is the second guy Tom Hardy ? Ah I can't believe I didn't notice ..


message 10: by Wigs (new)

Wigs haha yes that is Tom Hardy <3


message 11: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Diana I wish I could like this review a hundred times. It is exactly how I feel about the book. I would have loved this book had I read it in 5th grade, but as a graduate student in English, I hated it.
Again, I am liking this status a dozen times!


message 12: by Gos (new)

Gos I think the author did it on purpose. The fact that the main character is 16 years old. It was appropriate to be written in that manner.


message 13: by Gos (new)

Gos I agree with the picture gimmick thing though lol


message 14: by Ptr28 (new)

Ptr28 ok then. guess I'm not reading this one.


message 15: by Wigs (new)

Wigs oh yea no it was so pointless peter, lordt.


message 16: by May (new)

May HAHAHA BRILLIANT GIFS


message 17: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Espinoza Good review! Ooooh, Marlon Brando is fine!


message 18: by bedlambelle (new)

bedlambelle Two thumbs up on the marlon brando gif. The book excelled at mediocrity.


message 19: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Norton I do like how you added photographs within your review...that had no particular significance to your writing, and so were actually distracting! Good job. Point well taken.


message 20: by Gos (new)

Gos Laurel wrote: "I do like how you added photographs within your review...that had no particular significance to your writing, and so were actually distracting! Good job. Point well taken."

*APPLIED COLD WATER TO BURNED AREA*


message 21: by Wigs (last edited Feb 13, 2013 12:25AM) (new)

Wigs Laurel wrote: "I do like how you added photographs within your review...that had no particular significance to your writing, and so were actually distracting! Good job. Point well taken."

Oh okay I get it sorry it was difficult to understand what you said based on your grammar. My gif reactions are a reflection of my reactions while reading the book (e.g. eye rolling, shaking my head, and side-eyeing) and add humor in my casual reviews. I find them more relevant than the pictures in Miss Peregrine's, an actual published book.

Also this is the internet.



Thanks for trying though.


message 22: by Ptr28 (new)

Ptr28 no one messes with Wigs



message 23: by Wigs (new)

Wigs

dats right honey

i drag their faves, they stay mad


message 24: by Katy (new)

Katy I figured the "clown" pictures were referencing the little shows they put on. I remember the mention that some of the kids dressed up as clowns for the shows. Am I remembering incorrectly? It's possible some of the pictures reference upcoming books in the series (I think it's a series, anyway?), too, but you're right; it would have been better not to use them if they don't add to the actual storyline. The copy I had was an ARC, so it didn't have all the pictures. So sorry you didn't end up liking this!


message 25: by Wigs (last edited Feb 13, 2013 01:31AM) (new)

Wigs The clown pictures were two pics of a set of twins, and Jacob describes them twice. They are separate individuals from anybody we meet in the house, and are not mentioned as to where they might be out of the picture. The fact that they are mentioned twice tho in the beginning of the book would make one think they have some sort of plot significance, but no dice. There are also many other children in pictures we never get to meet, so why show us something if you don't at least explain them away. Why aren't they in the house? Where did they all go?

What majorly bothered me was the picture of the kid crouching, because with the author's world building it would have been an impossibility that the kid would have remained a kid outside of the bubble of Miss Peregrines. The 'kid' would have been an adult.

Just the fact that the author so obviously decided to build a book around a bunch of photographs he found, and then didn't really put anything together correctly, shows poor plot planning.

Never bring up topics you can't conclude in a plot!

Hm I wonder what pics were left out of your ARC version.


message 26: by Katy (new)

Katy Well, for one the picture of the kid with the school bus. I don't remember that one at all :-) Other than that, I'd have to actually find my ARC, and then buy a copy of the final text to compare them and find out. *shrug* Eventually I probably will, as I did enjoy the book, but right now? I have other things to do. :-)


message 27: by Wigs (last edited Feb 13, 2013 01:33AM) (new)

Wigs Sorry I edited it, there wasn't a school bus in the pic, it was said it was taken while she was waiting for a school bus but she's like crouching on the ground and there's a shadow of the man taking the picture.

Ah well!


message 28: by Madeline (new)

Madeline I agree with everything you said. I wanted to like this book, but the execution was poor. The worst parts for me was the forcing of the photos and when things were obvious but it took Jacob a while to have a revelation. It's a shame it wasn't done better.


message 29: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Bryan The author originally wanted to make a book of just the pictures but he was pushed to write a narrative to go along with the pictures. I think he just wanted to show people all of his pictures. He also had to use some pictures from other people to make this story make sense, so given the circumstances, I think he did a fairly decent job. I mean he has made a lot of money off the book so the book is an overall success.


message 30: by R (new)

R I have to ask, from where/what movie is that Marlon Brando gif from?


message 31: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey There is a follow up book: Hollow City. It was released about two weeks ago. It is supposed to be a trilogy, says the author at a book signing I attended last week.


message 32: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Everything said here is exactly what I wished I had written. Excellent review for this book.


message 33: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Oh.My.Word. Marlon Brando...wowza!


message 34: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Taber Such great points; overall, I can't figure out why this book is getting such rave reviews. I completely agree with you on so much of this.


message 35: by Wigs (new)

Wigs Who, Marlon Brando?


message 36: by Eliza (new)

Eliza I can't agree with you more. I thought the beginning was intriguing and kept reading intently until (*SPOILERS*) he got to the island. I didn't grasp the whole loop thing going on or the random romance he was having with his grandfathers old girlfriend. I guess this isn't my mind of book because through out the whole book I was shaking my head. I didn't even read the ending of this book. I just moved on and I rarely do that with books. This book was OKAY though. I have read worse.


message 37: by Erika (new)

Erika The author stated in an interview that his original draft included a much longer version of how Jacob meets all the peculiar children. It was whittled away by the editors. Possibly, more of the photos were referenced in the deleted sections.


message 38: by Traci (new)

Traci you obviously didn't read the same book


message 39: by Katie (new)

Katie I'm having a hard time concentrating on your review because I'm so distracted by the sexy Marlon Brando gif lol.


message 40: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I agree completely with your review. Even if editing did remove some of the children's stories, the final product was still lackluster. I figured that, with Marcie, one possible explanation is that she was a more recent addition (although she appears incredibly young in the picture), and therefore did not age rapidly when she left the loop. Other concerns I had: wights have no pupils and NO ONE ever notices this? Really? Before contacts, they were still able to easily integrate themselves in human society? And why, oh why, would you have the loop be on a day a bomb dropped and destroyed your home knowing that, if for some reason, the loop reset failed, you could all die instantaneously? There was no reason to use that to progress Abe's story. His background gave him plenty of motivation to decide to fight in the war. I really had high hopes for this book and was sorely disappointed.


message 41: by Kiki (new)

Kiki I literally stared at that Marlon Brando GIF for like three uninterrupted minutes. Sometimes it amazes me that hot people get anything done.


message 42: by Kristina (new)

Kristina YES about the high school teacher grading a student's paper. I commented myself that it sounded like it was written by a middle schooler!


message 43: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Oh my Marlon Brando!


message 44: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Franke I thought the book was well written. Sure, there were plot holes, but as far as the writing goes? Stellar. This is coming from an English major. Sure, it's not a classic piece of literature, and never will be, but have you read other YA books? This is better than just about anything you would ever pick up in the genre.


message 45: by Wigs (last edited Apr 10, 2015 10:32PM) (new)

Wigs The main issue I have with Miss Peregrine's is that the photographs do nothing for the story, and in fact weaken his narrative.

I have read other YA. There are some good ones, there are some bad ones, and there are some terribly mediocre ones. The main problem here is that you had someone who could write well but there were so many plot holes it was infuriating, so it was all the more disappointing. I've since stopped reading YA because too many undeserving stories turn into best sellers.


message 46: by T (new)

T Just finished reading... So about "Cairnholm Man" aka the Old Man who is on display in the museum. Is that actually Victor? Or another Peculiar who was killed by Hallows? If not, then what was its significance in the story?? Martin Pagett tells Jacob that the body is more than 2700 yrs old. Couldn't that be possible if Victor had been in several loops for 2000+ years then left the loop and all the yrs caught up to him and he decayed?


message 47: by Lawanda (new)

Lawanda Rock It is a YA book and I'm curious if anyone has read the second book in the series? A lot of things get explained in Hollow City. I expect even more in the third installment coming out next month.
I actually loved the books.


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