The Conference of the Birds

When your entire existence is being threatened by an enemy you thought you understood and vanquished, who will you trust to save your life? This gripping tale of friendship, secrets and trust had me on the edge of my seat from the start of this series and this latest installment is no different.

“Do you trust me?”

Ransom Riggs, The Conference of the Birds

It is such a huge honor to be asked to be part of a blog tour for any book. But it is such a privilege to be part of a blog tour for a book as unique as this one. A big thank you to Penguin Books South Africa and Friend Request Media for the opportunity to be a part of this Peculiar Blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

Take a walk with me down the peculiar road while I tell you about a story, about a world a lot like yours, yet completely different.

Do you trust me?

In a world where we distinguished between normal’s and peculiar’s, I absolutely live for the Peculiar world. This series has been as captivating and addictive as promised. And the Conference of the Birds is no exception.

Continuing with their adventures in America, the journey had me meeting old and new peculiar’s on a completely different level. With a over arching themes of trust, friendship and fate, the gang faces both new and old enemies. For some fans this plot twist did not go down very well, I however thought it was brilliant, as I felt, for this epic villain, he was a bit easily defeated in the Library of Souls. This has become a very popular plot twist lately, and I can honestly say that Riggs’ execution there of, is of the highest level of excellence.

My love for Millard and Horace just grew in this book, their quirky comments and analytical approach made them my favorites from the get go. Don’t get me wrong, I have love for all the Peculiar children, but these two are definitely my favorite.

I absolutely loved that in this book, the relationships have been given a bit more of a prominent spot. I personally felt it added more depth to the story, and love to be able to understand the inner workings of this group dynamic better.

This is in no way your typical read. It’s kinda right there in the name of the first book. So I honestly feel that to judge this series on the same merit as you would any other is quite impossible. Because we cannot compare the peculiar with the normal. That being said, I felt the pace of this series, especially this installment, to be suspense building. Riggs has mastered the skill of giving you just enough in each chapter to keep you going, but little enough to keep you guessing at what is to come. And boy, is there much to come.

The narrative is easy to follow and the writing style is compelling. I did not struggle a bit when it came to getting into this story. I however feel that your state of mind will definitely impact your ability to get into this story, especially in this current world state. I do however feel the current uncertainty made this story’s atmosphere much more relatable. Add to that those spooky photographs you can find throughout the series and boy, oh boy, am I excited for the next one.

But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Grab your copy at your nearest bookstore or order it online if you are currently in an isolation area and decide for yourself. I know I didn’t regret the time I spent in the Peculiar world.


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.

What you should know about the book:

Author: Ransom Riggs Published by Penguin Random House Released January 14, 2020
ISBN (Print): 9780241320587

About the Author

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.

Be sure to tell me who your favorite peculiar is in the comments section.

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