Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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.

For the most part I enjoyed this book. I did have some issues with the book as a whole. The main thing was the photographs interspersed throughout the book. The photos that were relevant to the story did add something, as its always nice to have a visual to support what you are reading. Several of the pictures didn’t add anything at all to the plot though… like the creepy picture of the twins in masks. They were not actually mentioned in the book as characters, like some of the other characters are, but just mentioned as photos found in the orphanage. I found the book hard to really get into, the pictures were a little off putting for me, and interrupted the flow of novel.

It felt like the genre changed part way through. It started off with a really strong horror / creepy storyline going on. About a third of the way through it took a step away from this and slipped into a sort of action thing.

The last main thing that annoyed me was the Emma / Jacob love interest. It felt forced to me, and I’m not sure the book needed it. Especially because of the technical age difference and Emma’s former love interest. Nope… not a fan.

I loved the time loop thing, the idea of having a safe refuge within a day isolated from the rest of time passing. The Peculiars needed to be protected, and hiding out of time is the perfect refuge for them. They experience time passing, whilst the day they live in resets and none of the normal inhabitants are any the wiser.

My favourite character Millard spent years [of his time] documenting the events of September 3rd from the points of view of each inhabitant of the island, including the pigs! What else would an invisible boy do.

Jacob was mostly believable as a modern day kid trying to find his place in the world. He doesn’t know what to believe, and after being told that he is crazy and seeing a psychiatrist he still doesn’t know what he should believe. The stories that his grandfather told him seemed so real to him as a boy, and then less believable as he grew up. He spends a lot of this book trying to reconcile the truth with his reality, and it takes him a long time to feel that he fits in somewhere.

It had its flaws, but once this book got going it was quite pleasant and easy to read. It only took a couple of days to get through. I’m having trouble deciding if I will read the next instalment in this series. I do want to know how several things get resolved, but at the same time, if it is a novel interspersed with pictures then I’m not sure I want to.

3 stars


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