Brigette Reviews Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Describe it in 25 words or less. A teenage boy discovers a whole new world when he realizes he’s a peculiar child.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I am trying to read creepy/scary books for October, but I had very few books that fit that description on my TBR list. This was one of the few and despite the many terrible reviews, I went ahead and read it.

What did you think of the cover art? I was really drawn to the cover art and then realized that all the photographs in the book are real photographs that people have found over the years. I thought it was genius to write a book around them.

Who was your favorite character and why? My favorite character by far was Jacob. I have never read a teenage male that I liked so much. He’s the kind of kid I’d want as a son.

Who was your least favorite character and why? If I told you, it would ruin the story.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? I was immediately intrigued and it was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The characters were all really well written, the storyline was original and interesting and I found it just the right amount of scary.

What did you think of the ending? I thought it was perfect.

What was the moral of the story? Go with your gut. Don’t let other people talk you out of what you know to be true.

Favorite quote: “Yes”, he said, “but what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.” – Dr. Golan

Have you read other books in the series? I plan to read the sequel, Hollow City, next October.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? 2Oth Century Fox has the rights to the book and is looking to have Tim Burton direct. I really think something will be lost in the translation to film.

Who would you recommend it to? I think only someone who was a sensitive child plagued by nightmares will really understand why this was a scary book.

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The Family Reviews Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Pete: This was a much unexpected Disney film that was actually spooky, scary, and highly entertaining (and without any musical component to it). I film about fear, regret and reinforcing the notion that you should never trust a “carny”. I would suggest pairing this film with Sawdust City Brewing Company’s Griffin The Carny Golden Ale. The library in this film was pretty amazing too.

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Brigette: I enjoy Ray Bradbury’s novels and although I have not read this one, I found the film to be weirdly disjointed. I sincerely hope the book is better. There were terrifying parts to the film, but ultimately it was a story about not letting fear and regret rule your life.  And although I don’t smoke, I now covet one of these lighters.

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Morgan: This film was creepy, strange and intriguing all at once. There was mystery, horror, drama and action all mixed into one. It shows the importance of love and happiness and has many creepy parts intertwined with strange magic. It’s perfect for Halloween (especially the spider part).

Gable: This film was really really creepy. For those with arachnophobia or a fear of blood, it would be unbearable. Mr. Dark was my least favorite character because he was really creepy and just weird, although I could relate the most to Will Halloway. But, luckily, the ending was a perfectly happy one. I highly recommend this film for people who are hunting for great Halloween films, people who aren’t afraid of anything, and people who hate carnivals.

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Pete and Brigette Review The Purge

The Purge

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Pete: I thought this was going to be at least three times scarier than it actually was. However, it did make me think about social issues more than I thought it would. The premise was slightly ridiculous, but the film was put together well enough that it was not too difficult to swallow. The actors’ performances were convincing enough and that only helped the cause too. I’m a fan of most Ethan Hawke films; this is another one he can be proud of. I am looking forward to the sequel (and possible prequel). I’d pair Ironfire Brewing Company’s Six Killer Stout with this film.

Brigette: Home invasion films really freak me out, so I was really not looking forward to this one. Luckily for me, it turned out to be more of a dystopian future film than a horror film. It wasn’t the best executed film, but it did pose some interesting questions. I’m not sure I want to see The Purge: Anarchy, but the proposed prequel is definitely on my list as it promises to tell how the Purge came to be.

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Morgan Reviews Wildwood

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

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Describe it in 25 words or less. Prue McKeel (an everyday Portlander) must pass the Impassable Wilderness in search of her baby brother, Mac, who was abducted by a murder of crows.

Genre: Drama/Action/Children’s Literature

What did you think of the illustrations? I thought that Carson Ellis’ simplistic, whimsical illustrations really suited the book.

Who was your favorite character and why? Prue because I could relate to her the most.

Who was your least favorite character and why? The Dowager Governess a.k.a Alexandra because she was selfish and evil.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me almost immediately but in the middle of the book and towards the end, it started to get boring with all the battles and fighting.

Was it plot or character driven? More character driven.

What did you think of the ending? The ending rounded things up pretty well but definitely had opportunity for a second book.

What was the moral of the story? SSaving those you love takes courage and determination but in the end, it all pays off to have them around again.

Favorite quote: “You needn’t wear it all on your shoulders. Bigger events are in play, my dear … We must only follow, we must only follow.” – Iphigenia

What would you change? All the overly detailed battles.

Have you read other books in the series? Not yet but I intend to.

Who would you recommend it to? Those who loved Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner but wanted a bit more of a grown-up version with more drama and more battles, those who have siblings or those who love talking animals.

Craft/Activity: Make Aisling’s sling.

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The Family Reviews Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

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Pete: I was a huge fan of the cartoon series on television that I’d watch religiously as a child. This film was a great adaptation and I think most of the actors did a great job; particularly Matthew Lillard who played Shaggy Rogers. Any fan of the cartoon television series should seek out this film. And I wouldn’t mind checking out the architecture on Scary Island. I would suggest pairing this film with Green Flash Brewing Co’s: Sleepin’ With Shaggy American Barleywine.

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Brigette: I watched a lot of Scooby Doo cartoons growing up, so this really took me back. Unfortunately, it lost all of its innocence being translated into film. Several things I never wanted to see: Velma become a whiney, insecure nerd, Fred to be a self-absorbed airhead, Daphne having feelings for anyone in the group, Shaggy having feelings for anyone and Scooby Doo being a complete moron. Mystery Inc. was supposed to be a completely asexual and ego-free group. My highlights were Rowan Atkinson and the disco skull. Do yourself a favor, make some Scooby snacks and watch the cartoons instead.

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Gable: I was expecting this film to be very scary but it turned out to be not scary at all. The soundtrack was cool, the plot unique, and the film itself intense and interesting. I would suggest this film to tween boys and young teenage boys because of the certain kind of humor it featured but I would also suggest it to girls of that age group because of Daphne. Also, it’s a pretty good film to watch as a family.

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Gable Reviews The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Dogs, Cats, Adventure, Survival, Wilderness, Friendship

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I was reading a non-fiction book about dogs this year and I found out there was a book about two dogs and a cat who went on a big adventure. It sounded interesting so I began reading it as soon as possible.

Who was your favorite character and why? Luath because, although he was not at his best, he fought hard to protect his friends and keep them all alive, prioritizing getting them food first.

Who was your least favorite character and why? I didn’t actually have a least favorite character; they all had some good side.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It got into it from the start, which I liked, so, yes, it grabbed me immediately.

What did you think of the ending? The ending was one of the sweetest I had read in a while.

What was the moral of the story? When you think all is lost, it all comes back to you; it is only once you lose all hope that you become hopeful once more.

Did you learn anything? I learned a lot about the native Americans in the Canada area and how to treat animals with certain problems and about the history of Siamese cats, bull terriers, hunting, and more.

Favorite quote: “…time was eternal, expendable; sometimes hours became seconds, often seconds became hours, but there was no limit to it, no reason to hoard it.”

How does the book compare to the film? They have adapted it into a film but I have not seen it.

Who would you recommend it to? Everyone; it has a very meaningful message and an intense but adorable story.

Number of unknown words: 38

Recipe: Rabbit Stew

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Pete Reviews The Haunting Of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Haunting, House, Mystery, Physic, Brandy, Home

Any particular reason for choosing this book? For the month leading up to Halloween I’ve decided to read books relating to that theme.

Genre: Physiological Mystery

Who was your favorite character and why? Eleanor Vance because I felt the most sympathetic towards her.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Eleanor Vance because she became so annoying by the end of the story.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? I thought this book was going to very intense after reading the first chapter. However it did not deliver anything more than a mildly disturbing chill and was only mediocre at best as far as suspense goes.

Was it plot or character driven? Character driven, the plot was rather weak.

What did you think of the ending? Probably the biggest let-down I’ve ever read.

What was the moral of the story? Don’t underestimate the power of haunted Hill House.

Favorite quote:
“How weary one gets of this constant pounding” Theodora said ridiculously. “Next summer, I must really go somewhere else.”
“There are disadvantages everywhere,” Luke told her. “In the lake regions you get mosquitoes.”

What would you change? I’d make it either more light-hearted or more Stephen King-like.

Would you read it again? No!

Have you read other books by the same author? No, and Shirley Jackson is not a name I’ll be seeking out.

How does the book compare to the film? There are two film versions: 1963 and 1999. I may watch them both one day.

Who would you recommend it to? I can’t think of anyone I’d recommend this book to.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: Wrought iron spiral staircase in the library

Beer pairing: Lucky Girl Brewing’s Haunted Pumpkin Ale

Recipe: Chocolate Souffle

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Brigette Reviews We Have Always Lived In The Castle

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Sisters, Rumors, Poisons, Mental Illness, Discrimination, Fear

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’m reading scary/creepy books for the month of October and Shirley Jackson came highly recommended.

Who was your favorite character and why? Uncle Julian because he was honest.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Charles because he was greedy.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? The beginning was very intriguing, but it went nowhere and I was sorely disappointed when I got to the end and that was all there was to it. At least it wasn’t a long book and it didn’t waste too much of my time. I will not be reading any more of Shirley Jackson’s work especially after Pete’s review of her book The Haunting of Hill House.

What did you think of the ending? Anticlimactic with too many unanswered questions.

What was the moral of the story? Your happiness in life is all in the way you look at things.

Did you learn anything? A bit about poisonous substances.

Favorite quote: “What are you reading, my dear? A pretty sight, a lady with a book.” – Uncle Julian

What would you change? I needed more from the paltry plot.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I think it could only be improved by making it into a film. Maybe take the basic plot and then flesh it out a bit more.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has ever been shunned by their community or family as an example of what NOT to do.

Craft/Activity: Learn how some protection spells.

Recipe: Spice Cookies

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Brigette Reviews Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Describe it in 25 words or less. Love has been deemed a disease and a combination of the cure, fear tactics and brainwashing make sure it doesn’t cause any problems.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? The girls both rave on about Lauren Oliver, so I thought I’d try one of her novels.

Genre: Young Adult Literature

Who was your favorite and least favorite character and why? I could see where everyone was coming from in this book, but I didn’t have strong feeling for any of them. Perhaps that’s what a world without love is like.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Although the book moves at a slow but steady pace, I found myself unable to put it down.

What did you think of the ending? I was told by the girls that Lauren Oliver’s endings were very touching and sweet, so I was bitterly disappointed by this one. It was not touching or sweet but rather harsh and open-ended.

What was the moral of the story? You need to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong; don’t let society dictated that for you.

Favorite quote: “Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing. Indifference is.” – Alex

Have you read other books in the series? There are 2 more books in the series so far and a few spin-off character books. One look at Goodreads tells me I’ll be just as disappointed with the endings of the other books, so maybe I’ll just leave it there.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? Any ideas on casting? They did attempt a TV series based on the book, but it never went to air. I think it’s a case of too much of the book being in the character’s head to translate well onscreen. Plus, how hard is it to get the characters right. Hana has BLONDE hair!!!!

Who would you recommend it to? I’d recommend this to all young people who are curious what it feels like to fall in love or to anyone who wants to relive those feelings. It’s also a great source of conversation starters and would be great for a book group.

Do you think love is a disease?

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The Family Reviews The Addams Family

The Addams Family

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Pete: A brilliant and true to television series adaptation delivered in 1991. As a huge fan of the TV series I absolutely adored this film. And I only like my Girl Scout cookies if they are made with real Girl Scouts. The Addams Family House was my favorite architectural detail with the best driving range I’ve ever seen in a house. I particularly like the greenhouse.

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I would suggest pairing this film with Bone Yard Brewing’s Golden Ale.

Brigette: I love the Addams family. The parents are still amorous with each other. The grandmother lives with them, but doesn’t meddle and does all the cooking. The kids are independent and obedient. The uncle is the fun, cool guy the kids look up to. The servants are like family as well. Everyone is allowed their own space and freedom to be who they are. If only all families were as strong and supportive of each other with a family credo as awesome as, “We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.”

Morgan: This film is a perfect family film to watch at Halloween-time. It has a perfect combination of comedy, romance, drama and action so I would suggest it to anyone. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily scary, just weird in some parts but that was all part of the humor.

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