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    Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    The first time I saw this book was around the year it was released. Goodreads reviews and book bloggers seem to be raving about how good it is, but I did not read reviews to have an unbiased opinion about this book. It has been in my TBR for the longest time and moved up the list because Michelle Hodkin was coming to Manila for a book signing event at Fully Booked. Due to lack of funds, I had to decide whether or not to spare money for this event, hence reading it ahead and finding out if I would like it.

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

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is the first book in the series. It is a mysterious paranormal fantasy, with a hint of time travel, for young adults. It was published on June 7th 2011 by Quirk and I won a hardbound copy from one of Sporadic Reads‘ giveaways. I read this from April 19 to 30, 2014, hoping I would finish it in time for the book signing. Spoiler: I didn’t.

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book cover

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

    by Ransom Riggs

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    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

    It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

    This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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    Book Review: Savage by Willow Rose

    Savage is the first book in the Daughters of the Jaguar series by Willow Rose. The first time I laid my eyes on the cover, I just knew I had to read it.

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    Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)

    by Willow Rose

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    The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

    Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up