Monday, 4 August 2014

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer


In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

This book was awful. Let's not beat around the bush.

There's no world building - all the way through the book we are expected to sympathise with these 'rebels', I'm guessing in order to feel that the main characters actually have a purpose in their aimless drifting around, and yet we have no idea what the rebels are rebelling against.

The main character is irritating, as are the side characters. There's even a hideous love triangle that is made even worse by the connections between the people involved. I'd say read it to find out, but I wouldn't want to put you through it.

There's not much else to say because there's not much that happens in this book.

1/5 stars.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

I liked this book a lot more than the first one. Whether it's because we got to know the individual characters better, or the world building was better, or there wasn't as much emphasis placed on Jacob's and Emma's romance (which totally freaked me out in the first book)...whatever it was, it was better.

The children in this book go on a long journey literally and spiritually, which really led to us getting an insight into their lives and individual personalities, whereas in the first book I feel they were treated as a single mass - which is understandable, because they weren't there for the entire book. But I feel this time getting to know the characters was a highlight of the book because they are all so unique.

A lot more was explained in this book as well - how the wights are formed, what they want, the differences between them and hollows, the purpose of Miss Wren and Miss Peregrine, and how imperative it is that she survives. I felt this helped me to understand the children's' motives a lot better, and empathise with them a lot more.

The ending of this book was very shocking and left me really nervous and excited for the next book - I can't wait to see how the author ties everything up after THAT.

The only downside to this book was that it had a lull about 3/4 of the way through where the same thing kept happening over and over, but that was soon resolved and only a minor point.

4/5 stars. I recommend it, even if you didn't like Miss Peregrine's!