Archive | February 2014

Book Review: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

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Zoe isn’t her real name, but that’s not what matters. Zoe has a deep, dark secret. She reaches out by writing letters to an inmate, Stuart Harris, on Death Row in America. Somehow it seems safer, to divulge her secret to someone who is also a killer. See, Zoe has killed someone herself. Through her letters Zoe writers her pain, guilt and struggle to deal with what she has done. As Harris’ death date draws near, Zoe fights with herself to reveal her secret, and face the horrible truth of what her life has become. 

This tale is painful, raw and just ever so youthful in a terrifyingly sad way. The closer I got to the ending, the more I didn’t want to continue. I wasn’t sure how the ending was going to come about, but then all at once, I was there. 

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For a YA book, Ketchup Clouds touches on grief and loss in a realistic way. Her emotions and reactions are fascinating, her voice is strong and clear within her letters. This was not the type of book that I expected it to be. I love it when books makes me feel things, when events don’t turn out the way I thought they would. It’s still moving and beautiful and everything it needed to be. It stands on it’s own and crawls under your skin, allowing for you to remember how grief hurts for others when you are in pain inside. 

This book is best read when one is least expecting it. It’s a lovely break from the traditional romance and a stellar example of how love in YA needs to be: true. 

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

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Jacob is a special kind of boy. After witnessing the tragic death of his grandfather, it’s up to Jacob to sort out the truth between his childhood stories and what he really saw. 

He journeys to Wales with his father in tow. A culture shock upon another culture shock happens as he stumbles upon a world that never should have existed. 

A tale a wonder and magic through the use of words and pictures. This debut for Riggs is absolutely stunning and definitely one of the top five best books that I read last year. There isn’t much to say about this book except that everyone should read it! The use of photos within the book helps enhance the story in a way I’ve never experience before. It’s because of the use of creepy – yet still true images that help aid this remarkable and adventurous story. 

A true tale of wonder in Wales. It’s a fantastically coming of age story about Jacob and Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children.