about the book

conference of the birdsTitle: The Conference of the Birds
Series: #5 in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Original Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis: An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.

Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.”

my thoughtsNo spoilers below.

I hate to say it but, The Conference of the Birds has definitely been my least favorite installment in this series. I understand they are ‘Young Adult’ novels and I should expect them to read a bit juvenile… I just never got that constant cringey, eye-roll sensation with the first four as much as I did with this one. The focus on action and peculiardom were seriously lacking this time around; there was way too much romance and innocent explorations of new love instead.

When I first started reading, I had forgotten quite a bit but, one thing I appreciate most about Ransom Riggs is that he mentions just the right amount of the past for my mind to boggle and remember every single thing. He doesn’t baby us all the way through and he doesn’t make it feel as if you need to reread the last book, either. I love his descriptive writing and how much my imagination is always being stirred. It was fascinating that the modern world was brought up, too, the explanation of how video phones and the internet could make it hard for peculiars to live in our time.

Sadly, I was just completely bored… constantly waiting for something… anything! to happen! No one ever knew what was going on and Jacob, our narrator, is the most clueless of all; which in turn, kept us (the readers) in the dark about everything, too. I wish we got to hang out with his friends way more because, to be honest, Jacob has the least interesting power.

The introduction to new characters and loops, the sprinkles of humor, especially during tense situations, and the agonizing cliffhanger at the end, luckily, saved this book for me. I will definitely be picking up #6 with my fingers and toes crossed extra tight for several battle scenes and powers included.

Dates Read: January 15-28, 2020
My Rating: 3 out of 5

mood board**I was, 100%, inspired by Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books to create the ‘mood board’ (below).**

Hopefully, I am able to translate the feelings and imaginations that I experienced while reading into these 4-photo grids. I am so happy with my first one and had such a blast searching for the perfect images! I’m going to continue making these for every book review I publish from now on. 🙂

conference mood board(1)

highlights“My heart was suddenly so full it seemed to crowd out the words from my brain.

“I felt the tightness grow in my chest, the same one I got anytime people expected big things from me.”

“But it felt good to talk. To connect with someone who seemed to feel the same things I once felt. It made me feel less alone. But eventually all my babble made me self-conscious.

“That smile pierced me straight through the heart, messed up my insides. I loved it.

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21 thoughts on “The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

    1. I love the way the author writes & how easily the story flows. There really was a slow pace this time around but, I have so much hope that the next one will be filled with action. ❤ I am so happy you like that moodboard! Thanks for reading, love. ❤

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  1. oh no, I’m so sad this was such a bad instalment :/ I’ve been on the fence about continuing after book 3 and I just don’t think I’ve been hearing good enough things to continue. It’s such a shame this was so boring though!! Great review and thanks for the heads up!

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    1. I reeeally liked #4 & don’t want you to NOT read the rest of the series so I feel bad I dragged this one a bit but, I had to be honest! The excitement was so lacking. 😦

      Thanks for reading! ❤


    1. I was really sad that it wasn’t as good compared to the others but I still enjoyed myself while reading. I guess it’s true that all series have to have a dud, I just didn’t expect this one ever to. 😦 Thanks for always reading my book reviews, LP!!


  2. How do you keep track of your highlights, favorite quotes, etc for your mini reviews, Hunida?

    Do you create a template and jot them down in the template as you’re reading? Or jot them down into an app or onto a notepad as you’re reading? Take a screen shot as you’re reading? Skim back through the book after you finish reading? None of the above because you have a photographic memory?

    I was thinking about that just now as I was sitting here reading. A quote caught my eye, but I was lazy and kept reading, and now I have forgotten what the quote even was so if I try to find it it will probably take me longer than it would have to just jot it down in the moment. SIGH.

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    1. On the Kindle app, you just have to slide your finger over the quote/passage you want to highlight & when you let go, these colored bubbles pop up, which is your highlighter color– choose which ever one & now you have a highlight! You can also click ‘note’ & write your thoughts at any part of the book, which I use a different color for to keep them separated. Then, when you open each book, there’s a little icon that looks like a note in the top corner & that’s your notebook that will have all your highlights/notes logged in it.

      Libby app is similar, too, but Overdrive doesn’t allow highlights so I refuse to read on there.

      If I’m reading a physical book, I usually put a tiny, skinny, mini post it note on the page like a bookmark & also, by the passage/quote, too.

      Hope this helps & makes sense lol. 😛

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    1. I was hoping for so much more action. 😦 & I knooow, I can’t believe it’s been 5 books, too! Seems like the other day I just picked up the first one. & yay!! I’m so happy you like the mood boards, it was really fun to make & really did transport me back to the book. ❤

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  3. Ahh that moodboard looks wonderful, I’m so happy I could inspire you to do them as well! 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear this book didn’t meet your expectations though 😦 I only read the first book, but wasn’t captivated enough to continue. I hope the next installment will be better for you! ❤

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    1. Thank YOU for inspiring me to create the mood board. It really felt as if I was transported back to my feelings during the book when it was all put together. ❤

      I was really saddened by the lack of pretty much… everything in this installment. It seems people are really iffy about this series, totally understand you weren't into it after the first one but, hey, at least you gave it a shot! 🙂

      Fingers & toes crossed for the next one to be better!! ❤

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    1. Ahh it was definitely my least favorite in the series but hasn’t stopped me from anticipating the next one! Looking forward to reading your thoughts when you get to it! 🙂

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