Review copy provided by publisher
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 lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Positive: The surprising plotline. This is something I haven’t seen before and I really enjoyed it a lot more than I even thought I would. (No vampires or angels or demons in this paranormal!)
Positive:The settings. It all starts out so mundane — an average boy in an average house in an average town. But after Jacob’s grandfather is brutally murdered and Jacob sees the monsters his grandfather always warned him about, we move to an eerie, isolated island off the coast of Wales. The island is filled with close-mouthed locals, cliffs, bogs, and a rotten, falling-down mansion that freaks out the townspeople. *shiver*
Positive: Grandfather’s stories and the accompanying creepy pictures. Did you know that all the pictures in this book are real? This isn’t to say that the images weren’t manipulated back when they were taken but, because they’re “real”, it kind of makes you wonder a bit as you gaze at the photo little levitating girl or the boy with bees swarming all over his upper body.
Wish: That this weren’t a series. It would have made a fantastic-fabulous stand-alone. However, I do appreciate that there wasn’t a massive cliffhanger, though much is still up in the air.
Overall: Deliciously creepy and well worth a read. MISS PEREGRINE’S is a monsters-under-the-bed story wrapped in a freak show peopled by some very peculiar children.
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