Warning: Contains spoilers for those who haven’t read the first two books in this series.
What is this book about?
As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Released: September 22, 2015
My rating? 5/5
What is this book about?
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Genre: Family, Romance, (science fiction)
Released: July 2014
My rating: 1,5/5
Unfortunately our last day in lovely Ireland had already arrived, much too soon to my liking. As we hadn’t really planned a lot, we slept in a bit before checking out of our hostel. Luckily we were once again allowed to leave our luggage in the storage room of the hostel, so we didn’t have to drag them behind us the entire day.
First we headed to Elephants and Castle, for a pleasant breakfast. This restaurant is situated on Temple Bar and it’s a great place to have breakfast or any other meal basically. I had the pancakes, which were really delicious. The hot chocolate wasn’t that great as it didn’t have enough chocolate taste in my opinion. The marshmallows did make up for that though.
After two days of exploring Ireland, it was about time we discovered the city we were actually staying in.
A friend of mine had been to Dublin before, and she really recommended us to go to Kilmainham Gaol. This is an old prison dating back to 1796 where many of the Irish revolutionists were locked up and assassinated in the twentieth century. It’s now solely a museum run by the Irish Government.
While at first I wasn’t really convinced about visiting a prison, I was really happy that we did after all. It’s such an interesting place with so much Irish history. On top of that, this prison has been the décor of many movies and series, such as ‘The Italian Job’, ‘The Ripper’ and U2’s music video of ‘A Celebration’.
The guided tour – which is the only way to visit Kilmainham jail – takes about 40 minutes and gives you just enough information. The normal entrance price is 6 euros, but since they’re renovating part of the prison, it’s only 4 euros now. Definitely worth it. Make sure to go early as the guided tours fill rather quickly. We were there ten minutes before opening and were able to get into the first guided tour of the day.
Connemara National Park was supposed to be our destination for the third day, but unfortunately Irish Day Tours called us the day before that not enough people had signed on so it got cancelled. Up until now I’m still so sad that I didn’t get to go see this national park as it was what I was most looking forward to on this trip.
Since we only arrived back in Dublin after 7 the day before, we only got time to look up alternatives for the next day then. We headed to the Tourist Office – where they didn’t really help up and didn’t give back all the money for the cancelled excursion because “they can’t give back booking costs” (boo ya) – and grabbed all the flyers we saw. In the hotel room we checked several things, and suddenly stumbled across a flyer of HillTopTreks. What drew my attention was the mentioning of the movies P.S. I Love You and Braveheart, which are basically two films I adore. They had a tour called Wicklow/ Glendalough during which places of those movies were shown. We quickly booked that tour and only twelve hours later, we were already waiting for the bus to pick us up.
For our second day in Dublin/ Ireland, we had booked a day trip to Cliffs of Moher with Irish Day Tours.
The Cliffs of Moher are -surprise- cliffs which are situated on the west coast of Ireland, in the county Clare. They rise over 200 meters above sea level at the highest point and are one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions with over a million visitors a year. The cliffs also briefly appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince so of course I had to go see them!
And I certainly don’t regret that I did. They’re such a beautiful piece of nature.
After dropping off our luggage in the hostel, we quickly headed to our first visit of the day; Trinity College.
Trinity College is the oldest university in Dublin; it was founded in 1592. Today, it’s still in operation and the most interesting place to visit in this university is most definitely the library with the famous Book of Kells. This book dates back to the ninth century and contains the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. The library itself is also such a beautiful room with many other world-changing books.
When you do visit Trinity College, I do really recommend taking a student guided tour. They’ll tell you a bit more about the history of the school and how it was constructed. It lasts only half an hour, so it’s not too lenghty. This costs 13 euros, but the entrance to the Library is also included (which is already 10 euros).