Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: a book review // recent + random photography

howdy, everyone*!

I pray everyone is having a great week and a great day. ❤

a big thank you to all of you wonderful followers! we’re currently at 94! Eeek! (I am still having that weird email problem…)

today, I’m back with another post; my first book review and some random + recent photos I took last week**.

*I realize this is a late post; I try to post every week, but life happens sometimes. eh, murder me, NaNoWriMo! ugh. I’m so behind in my book it’s absolutely crazy. yeah, anyway, I’m so sorry I couldn’t post yesterday… or the day before…

***cough cough* I spent about two/three hours writing this post so… *expects 100 likes*

anywhowithout further ado, why don’t we get started, shall we?

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R o o f t o p p e r s  // B y  K a t h e r i n e  R u n d e l l

*NOTE: there are no spoilers in this review*

I have just finished this absolutely beautiful book, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

// synopsis //

(from Goodreads)

Embrace possibility in this luminous novel about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in Paris.

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive—but “almost impossible” means “still possible.” And you should never ignore a possible.

Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers—urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie’s mother—but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?

I just have to say, this book left me awed. at the moment, it’s now one of my favorite books and I’m so happy to be reviewing it.

the way the author wrote this book was absolutely beautiful. her words and wonderful message were so conveying. and, I loved the way she created the main character, Sophie. this book, I cannot tell you, how well-written and well-done of a book this is. Rooftoppers is such a memorable and magical story that I can’t help thinking about throughout the day. the ending was fantastic and I am hopefully wishing for that needed but never going to come, sequel!

ah, this book was so lovely! I can’t explain how… I don’t know… what a jewel of a book this was?! okay, you know what? I think I want to move on from saying that I loved this book so much. (but I do) why don’t we get to my actual review, don’t you agree?

// characters //

the main character, Sophie Maxim, is a quite curious twelve-year-old who loves climbing trees, never ignoring possibilities, and knotted hair the color of lightning. the author created Sophie with such a wild imagination and brave thoughts! she was such a unique girl, and an avid reader. she read every single book in her mansion’s library. Sophie was such a great inspiration to me, and if you read this book, I hope she’ll be to you too.

Charles Maxim, the loving bachelor who took Sophie in, was also planned out by the author in such a weird, but amazing way. he encourages Sophie to follow her dreams, to write on the walls, do school on the roof, and wear trousers like men. Charles played a huge part in this story because his character made Sophie who she was. her bountiful, brave heart was formed by Charles, who loves her with all his heart.

Matteo, the first rooftopper Sophie meets, is a young boy with strong hands and a knack for surviving above ground. his feet had never touched the ground in so many years he’d forgotten. Matteo is the boy who introduces Sophie to Paris and teaches her to become a roof topper.

(I’m not going to say anymore because I will end up spoiling the entire book. XD)

// setting //

the story starts off in London, but after Sophie and Charles flee to Paris, the story continues through France. I happen to be a big fan of France (I even did a research report on it XD). it made things so much more explicit and unique about it.

// plot //

the plot for this book was kind of a see-through, but the author made the characters so interesting and the plot so detailed and beautiful that it didn’t really matter. I personally love authors who make their plots detailed and very organized. ❤

the characters, again, were so interesting and so detailed. they were so well-planned and their characteristics were all so different!

// critiques //

I have just a few things about the book that didn’t make me smile…

AH, THERE NEEDS TO BE A SEQUEL OR SOMETHING. this book had such a great ending, and it was so pleasing, but seriously, people… it’s like they cut the end short or something. and I’m so upset about that! (but I guess it’s in a good way. XD)

I think that the author could have done a little bit more backstory on certain characters, Safi and Stasia. I didn’t mention them earlier, but I do think that the author could’ve included more of their history since they seemed so mysterious. they played a partially big part in the book, mostly the end; yet, it was kind of like the author just threw them in there. I would love to know more these two!

// rating //

well, this book became one of my favorites this past week, and I’m happy to announce that I give this book 5 stars!


I would personally recommend this book to anyone; even Slytherins because there is some of that Slytherin type genre included in the book, but even a Hufflepuff could enjoy it because of its heartwarming ending. *sigh*

so, that’s it for this review! I really hope some of you are able to get a hold of Rooftoppers one way or another. let me know if you decide to get this book so we can scream about it together. XD

anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if I should do more of these in the comments!

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r e c e n t  p h o t o g r a p h y //  R a n c h o  L o s  L o m a s + A l i s o  C a n y o n

last week, while going on a hike through Aliso Canyon, I was able to get actual good pictures of myself. Em and I didn’t have our cameras, so we had to shoot with her mom’s phone. but, whatever. they still turned out really good!

on the same day I also went to Rancho Los Lomas, a family estate full of beautiful animals and exotic plants. 🙂

enjoy the photos!

// Pictures from Rancho Los Lomas //


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this is one of my favorite photos from the trip. ❤


another random shot. XD sorry for the blurryness.
a street pole that looks kind of interesting…
it’s Lily! the white bengal tiger! ugh, I hate those gates…
a really cute, old-fashioned telephone booth.
livin’ life in Cali.
a red fox! isn’t he (or she XD) cute!?!


hope you enjoyed those photos! ❤

// sunset photoshoot at Aliso Canyon //



thank you so much for the photos, Em! ❤ the one with the braid is my favorite…

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alright, we’re reaching the end of the post… but I hope all of you enjoyed reading my review and checking out some of my photography! I really enjoyed this post, and I hope you did too. don’t forget to check out the book, Rooftoppers!

as a heads up, my next post will include some NaNoWriMo snippets from my book-in-progress, Capturing Shadows.

anyway, I pray all of you guys are having a blessed day!

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// have you heard of Rooftoppers? // was this post interesting? // will you check out the book? // did you enjoy my photography? // comment below!

see you guys soon!

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18 thoughts on “Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: a book review // recent + random photography

  1. I’ve never heard of the Rooftoppers, but now I really want to read it!! Now it’s on my reading list!!
    Great pictures ❤

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