Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

An old review from one of my older, first attempts at blogging.

The Irregular Reader

Starting my review with the book trailer from the author’s youtube account felt like the perfect place to begin. It captures the essence of the story perfectly – from the actors to the lighting. Everything screams “Miss Peregrines”.

As for the description of the story, I took this directly from Ransom Riggs website (details of which are here):

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once…

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Relax With Art Magazine Review

An old review from one of my older, first attempts at blogging.

The Irregular Reader

Relax With Art is a monthly adult colouring magazine that you can buy each month, as and when you choose or subscribe for a years supply of books to be delivered to your door. The books can be found in most newsagents, including but not limited to WHSmiths and Sainsburys.
The complete range of books include a monthly issue with 24 new pictures, holiday specials released periodically throughout the year, pocket versions of the pictures, a colour-a-day diary and a calendar.
The monthly issue is priced at £2.99, the pocket books are £3.99 and the specials around £5.99.

Onto the books now. I love the pictures in these books. The detail in them is perfect for my fineliners and I have yet to come across two pictures the same. The pages are on a decent thickness of paper allowing for smooth colouring, although there is some bleed through. However any…

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Love & Kisses Adult Colouring Book Review

An old review from one of my older, first attempts at blogging.

The Irregular Reader


Love & Kisses is a wonderful colouring book with some pretty amazing pictures. It’s definitely a girly kind of book and contains within a number of pictures that I would class as “teenage” pictures.

The pictures are double sided which does cause an issue when using alcohol markers. The ink bleeds through and can clearly be seen from the back thus making only one side colourable. However, when using other media the pages are fine. They appear to be from quite heavy stock and so are a decent thickness (you can feel the thickness in your hand). The pages are also perforated so you don’t have to struggle if you want to remove them from the book.

This book is currently available on amazon for around £7 including postage, although I got my copy from The Works for just £3. (Unfortunately this book is no longer available from The Works…

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Colour Me Mindful by Anastasia Catris

An old review from one of my older, first attempts at blogging.

The Irregular Reader

I had the pleasure of winning a copy of Colour Me Mindful Butterflies, Enchanted Creatures and Seasons through a competition on Anastasia Catris’ website a while ago and have only just gotten around to reviewing them. I bought a copy of Colour Me Mindful Birds while on holiday last October.

I have a couple of issues with these books. The first being the size – I prefer to colour on a larger size – I don’t refer to the intricate detail but the size of the paper. These books weigh in at around 6 inch by 6 inch, I usually prefer A4.

The other main issue for me is that the pictures are double sided. If using anything more than a pencil crayon, I found that it does bleed through to the other side. As the pictures are double sided this usually means I have to choose one over the…

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Emerald Darkness (Backdated Review)

An old review from one of my older, first attempts at blogging.

The Irregular Reader


If you are a regular reader of my posts, you may notice that out of a very small number of posts that are live, three of them are for the same author and same series of books. Maybe this is a give away to how good they are. Or maybe I’m just a little bit obsessed. Either way The Shadow Demon Series by Sarra Cannon is amazing. From start to finish. Hook. Line. AND Sinker. 100% committed fan.

I received an advanced reading copy of Emerald Darkness as part of Sarra Cannon’s review team

It’s been a while since we heard from Harper and the gang at the end of Book 6 – Demons Forever, but boy did they come back with a bang! (Although some of us managed to bridge the gap by reading Demon’s Wrath or like me, re-reading the series from start to finish).

In the 7th…

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