Friday, March 3, 2017

As Red As Blood

Book Summary:

Lumikki Andersson has a rule that she does not get involved in other people's business. She does not like the trouble that comes along with getting involved with other people's problems. Her roles goes out the window when she uncovers thousands of Euros hung to dry in the school's darkroom and three of her class mates with blood on their hands. Caught in a web of deception and lies, Lumikki must avoid those who are determined to get the money back at all cost. Lumikki must uncover the entire operation of the mythical drug lord the Polar Bear if she is to survive.

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of fairy tales and creative retellings of the classic tales. I thought this was an interesting retelling of a classic tale. I liked the mystery aspect of the story and thought it was an unique approach. I would definitely say you have to read more than the first chapter. The first chapter is setting up our mystery, and you have to continue on to get to know the main characters.

I liked that this was not the typical fairy tale retelling. Most fairy tales have a romance as one of the main plot lines, and there was not a romantic focus in the story. It was a quick read and I enjoyed getting absorbed in the tale. A great book for adults and young adults.

I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. If you like young adult mysteries and fairy tale retellings I recommend reading this book.

** I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.**

*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book sooner than I would have gotten to, or heard about otherwise.

Bookworms Read: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Book Summary:

After a death in his family, Jacob travels to a remote island to learn more about his family history. He discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine's home for children. In the ruins he learns more about the children that lived there, and that they might have been kept on the island because they were dangerous. He also discovers they might still be alive.

My Thoughts:

I was very excited to read this with the Bookworms. I really like this series, and I love the mix of fantasy and a little historical fiction. To be clear, most of it is fantasy but I enjoy the setting and use of old photographs to make the story seem like it actually happened. 

I think this is a great book to start young readers into a slightly more advanced reading set. It is easy to follow, exciting, and of course, there are awesome peculiarities that would be fun to have. The topics while geared toward young adults are not to advanced for the 10-12 year olds. The Bookworms were thrilled when they found out about the movie coming out, and immediately made plans to see it.

The Bookworms' Thoughts:

This was the twenty-third book the Bookworms read together. This was my pick for the group. I had read the series before as well as the graphic novel. It is a world I love returning to and was excited to introduce the Bookworms to it. We had a great time discussing what peculiarities we would like, would we want to live forever, and what they thought of the pictures in the book. Here are some of the Bookworms' thoughts on the book. Warning! There may be some spoilers.

Q&A With The Bookworms Book Club

How many stars out of 5 would you give this book?
Alejandro 10 stars. I read the graphic novel version, and I really liked it.
Paige 4-5 stars. I couldn't decide how many to give it.

What was your favourite part?
Alejandro Whenever they would try to freak Jacob out by using their abilities.
Paige when they put the masks on and scare Jacob.

What peculiarity would you like to have?
Paige Levitating.
Alejandro I think I would like to levitate or telekinesis or to read minds!
Whitney: What if you couldn't control the ability like some of the peculiars? Would you like to be tied down to keep from flying away?
Both: No!! I would want to be able to control it. It isn't as much fun if you don't have a choice.

Would you like to live in a loop?
Both: No!
Alejandro I wouldn't like to live forever.
Paige I think it would be annoying to live forever. You would know everything. There would be nothing new.

Would you read the next book in the series?
Paige Yeah I would finish the series.
Alejandro Yes.

Would you see the movie?
Paige I'll definitely see it.
Alejandro Yes I think so.

Thank you to the Bookworms for reading and reviewing this book with me. I had a lot of fun and look forward to our next book.