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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Rating: 3.75 stars
I’ve owned this book for well over a year but per usual bibliophile antics, I didn’t get to it until… well, last week. Reviews on the book are very skewed and I was nervous to hate it, so I just kept putting it off. However, one of my reading challenges required I read a book with some paranormal things going on and this seemed to fit the bill.
So, I finally read it. And you know what? I kinda liked it.
I often struggle with fantasy novels and series because I have a hard time getting pulled into the setting and story-line, so I was really surprised when I felt like I’d been sucked into a new world along with the Peculiars. I found the whole idea of the time loop to be really intriguing and although I didn’t care much for the hollowghast & wight storyline, I enjoyed the mystical setting as a whole.
One of the biggest things I noted in other reviews before I started this book was that a lot of people felt like it was paced too slowly towards the middle of the book. Personally, I didn’t have that problem at all and found it to be going along nicely. When Riggs needed to speed up the story, he did, and there was never a time in the novel where I felt like I was confused or unsure of what was going on.
I really enjoyed the writing style, but I think my favorite part of the whole book was the pictures and the consistent aesthetic. The book isn’t creepy at all, though the cover may want you to believe otherwise. There are some mildly disturbing bits that I think are perfectly normal for a book of this stature, though I do wonder how it was handled in the child’s film adaption (which I have never seen).
All of the characters were intriguing in their peculiarity and I found myself wanting to know more about each of them. I’m still ghastly bothered by the romance between Jacob and Emma (there are so many reasons why that’s just so gross) and I felt like the story would’ve carried along nicely without the romance aspect altogether. It is what it is, though, so I dealt with it.
In all, I liked the book. I struggle to know what to say about books that I enjoyed. It wasn’t a favorite and I’m unsure of whether or not I’ll read the entire series, but I’ll think on it. It was one of those books that just kind of sit in your average pile, ya know? It was good but it wasn’t great; I didn’t hate it but I’m not going to fangirl over it. I think you get what I’m saying.