What book features a teen main character who finds out she is not entirely human but is special in some way, and mee2 stars rating for an "only okay".
What book features a teen main character who finds out she is not entirely human but is special in some way, and meets a boy, and explores and grows into her powers, and has a dorky helper best friend and fights a big final showdown with a generic "big bad", and falls in love with said new boy? Oh yeah... 90% of YA fiction AND this book.
One Tiny Lie is a contemporary novel and kind of a sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths set a few years after the first book and focusing on Kacey's younger sisOne Tiny Lie is a contemporary novel and kind of a sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths set a few years after the first book and focusing on Kacey's younger sister Livvie. But it could easily be read as a standalone novel as well.
I so expected more from this book. I absolutely loved Ten Tiny Breaths and expected more of the same from One Tiny Lie. In the first book Kacey was so damaged and hurt, and seeing her recovery among all these great new characters, made for such a great story- so moving and unique.
In One Tiny Lie, Livvie is not damaged. At least I didn't think so. She is a nice respectable girl who wants to study hard, make the most of university and become a doctor. But APPARENTLY (and this was news to me) unless you are out getting drunk every weekend, getting random tattoos and waking up with strange men in the morning with no memory at all of the night before- then you are not actually really LIVING. At least that is what her big sister, her roommate and her PSYCHIATRIST all think. The attitude of the characters and the way they kept pressuring Livvie didn't resonate with me, and that was a major dampener in my enjoyment of this book.
Livvie meets Ashton at a party when he assaults her. Again, that to me is not the foundation for a true and lasting relationship. I couldn't stand Ashton and just kept thinking "she's not... is she?" But gosh-darn-it he's just so freaking HOT that Livvie can't stop thinking about him.
When Livvie starts dating a very nice guy Connor I HOPED that she would do the right thing, but no, gosh-darn-it Ashton is just so freaking HOT, and EVEN THOUGH Ashton has a steady girlfriend and Livvie is seeing nice Connor they still end up cheating on their partners. A lot.
I guess this book just wasn't for me. Look- I even resorted to using caps lock a lot in my review and that never happens! I know that I myself am not 20 anymore but I just didn't connect with the motivations of the characters and their actions. I don't like cheating in relationships,and I thought nice, kind, sensible Livvie would be above it. And there is no come-back or anything from it. People got hurt and to Livvie and Ashton it's like it didn't even matter. I didn't agree with most of what the other characters were saying about Livvie (Her sister and Dr. Stayner). They keep telling her that maybe she doesn't really want to become a doctor, that risks are good... blah blah blah. I just wanted to tell them that she's fine as she is and to leave her alone!
So were there any good points to the book? Well yes. The writing is extremely engaging and I always wanted to keep reading to the end. I actually finished it in only a couple of days because it DID grab my attention. The characters are wonderful and believable- and you can really picture yourself there beside Livvie, and with her on this journey. I really felt it and felt like I knew these people. And talking of the characters I loved Livvie's roommate Reagan, and the young boys on the cancer ward that Livvie volunteers for.
I guess this is a good book but maybe not completely my cup of tea.
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Reading this book is like falling down the rabbit hole- that sort of feeling that while you're lost in the world of this book ANYTHING can happen. AndReading this book is like falling down the rabbit hole- that sort of feeling that while you're lost in the world of this book ANYTHING can happen. And with talking dogs, time loops, peculiar children with special powers, and bedtime stories that come true, anything really can happen.
I love these books. Hollow Children is exciting, sweet, thrilling and mystical, and great fun as well.
It's so different from other books because you know that the strange and intriguing photographs scattered throughout the pages not only illustrate a concept in the story, but are also genuine interesting old photographs that the author has collected and is generating a story around them. It is a very unique and interesting way to read a book.
In Hollow Children we are off of the island of Cairnholm, and see a wider picture of the different loops and different groups. I love that there is travel involved in this book, making it different from the closed setting of the first book, and it feels like a real old-fashioned adventure. The children are on the run, and could be found or captured at any time- so there is also a real feeling of menace at times running through the book.
With Miss Peregrine stuck in bird form, Wights and Hollows chasing them at every turn and following sparse clues and gut feeling, their adventure really is moment to moment, and feels like a dramatic race against the clock. Whether stranded at sea, captured by gypsies, losing their money, or escaping the bombs falling in wartime London, each new experience is a trial to be got through, while figuring out what to do next.
Because Jacob has gone back into the past with the setting of 1940s England, you get a real feeling of nostalgia, and it helps that Riggs writing is very atmospheric. He really brings the book to life, and at times you can almost imagine it as a screenplay. It feels very vivid and easy to picture (even without the addition of the photographs!).
The group of characters really complement each other nicely- their personalities and unique powers all come in useful at different points in the story, so that everyone in the whole collective is as important as the other. Different skills are needed in different situations. And their banter and quirkiness makes for a very fun read as well. They really are their own little family and both very supportive and protective of each other, but also very quick to criticise and tease in the way that all brothers and sisters do. But I really enjoyed the conversation between them.
It's a sweet book and clever and thrilling at the same time. Hollow Children is of course an absolute must-read for fans of Miss Peregrine's, and as a sequel it doesn't disappoint, but is fun and engaging as the first book.
More of my reviews can be found on my blog- Always Lost in Stories
I love, love LOVE these books and I feel bereft and a little devastated that the series has ended! I so badly want Eretz to be real! I absolutely loveI love, love LOVE these books and I feel bereft and a little devastated that the series has ended! I so badly want Eretz to be real! I absolutely love this world and these characters- they have captured my heart and finishing this book is like saying goodbye to old friends.
The whole series has been phenomenal- the writing is consistently so beautiful and lyrical, and the worlds described are so vivid. I adore the characters, especially Zuzana and Mik who add a quirky sense of fun to a situation, even in the midst of a devastating war. And Karou and Akiva are a modern day Romeo and Juliet (but better!). Plus, it's just a great story, brilliantly told.
I would thrust these books into the hands of anyone who loves fantasy or fairytales, anyone who loves a good tale of good versus evil, wonderful characters and vivid characters. As I was reading I knew that this book had the potential to break my heart- I was fervently hoping for a nice ending, and that after all they have fought for and gone through, that Karou and Akiva would get their moment. It is a tense, thrilling, desperate read the whole way through!
I don't want to post any spoilers so I will just say that I loved this book! It's a beautiful book and one that I will re-read again. A war between Angels and Chimaera, unlikely alliances, unexpected betrayals, romance, despair, and all the emotions and drama in between- if that can't get you to read this series I don't know what will! If you've read it already you'll know why I'm fangirling so much, if you haven't read it yet- what are you waiting for?!
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