About the Book
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.
This is a tough review for me to write. Because I really wanted to love this book. It has been on my wish list for quite some time and I decided to buy it to read while on vacation. Let me start with what I loved about the book. The pictures. I think that this is one of the neatest things I have seen in a book since I read Griffin and Sabine years ago. The use of authentic photos and incorporating them into the story? Love it! I actually went back and looked at them more than once just to study them. Really, really cool. The story itself? A little slow for my taste.
I had really high hopes that this was going to be a pretty fast paced book and was sad to see that it lagged along quite slowly. The story itself was interesting and the author left the ending open ended so I am not sure if there is an intention for a sequel or not. But, I just wanted more. More details on the hollowgast, more description, more wights, etc…it just was not what I thought it was going to be. I loved the peculiar children and also wish there was more about them. But, you don’t know much about them – just a brief glimpse into what some of their “talents” are and that they were outcasts in their families.
Would I recommend the book? Sure, but don’t expect it to be an edge of your seat thriller.
My Photobucket account is acting up – sorry there is no graphic. I give this one 3 1/2 stars.