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.
Jacob’s life as always been extremely ordinary. He has a family, a crazy grandpa, and he works as a salesman at the family business. He pretty much knew how his future was going to turn out. He was going to grow up, go to college, and then come back home to help run the family business. As I said, his life was pretty ordinary.
All throughout Jacob’s life, his grandfather told crazy stories about his childhood. From day one, he showed Jacob bizarre pictures of children with unnatural and peculiar talents. Obviously, Jacob came to the conclusion that his grandfather was delusional, and he never once stopped to believe the things his grandfather told him were true. Then, on one horrible evening, Jacob found his grandfather murdered behind his house. Not only that, but he witnessed a creature with tentacles coming out of his mouth. Traumatized by the experience, Jacob was forced to see a therapist for many months, who decided that it may just be good for Jacob to visit the island that his grandfather grew up on.
Once on the island, Jacob slowly began to learn that maybe not everything his grandfather told him was a lie. Join Jacob on his adventures to find out the truth behind his grandfather’s past. Witness his personality and beliefs grow, and figure out for himself that his nothing but ordinary. In fact, he is rather extraordinary.
At first this book was really slow going. Half of the book was just Jacob talking about his problems and how he did not believe in what his grandfather told him throughout his childhood. Barely any new characters were introduced for about half of the book. While some people may enjoy watching Jacob slowly recover from hist trauma, I often found myself becoming bored, and it was not unusual for me to set it down for another book.
As the story progressed, the book got better. Once Jacob finally reached the island, then things started picking up a bit. I really liked the mysterious quality that Ransom Riggs introduced in this novel. I had no idea what was going to happen, or what secrets the island really held, and that in itself was very intriguing to me.
One thing that I absolutely loved about this novel was the pictures. I seriously could have just went through a book of the pictures without any text. They were that good. The pictures really related to what was going on in the book, and I really felt that I was getting a look at what the characters looked like and the scenery that surrounded them.
I absolutely hated the parents in this book. I’m sorry, but if your child finds their grandpa murdered in his back yard, you don’t get upset with them for not getting over it. Jacob was obviously really traumatized from the experience, and I often felt that the parents just couldn’t except or deal with it. They threw him at a shrink and decided that that would be good enough. When it wasn’t, they seemed to verbally attack Jacob. The father appeared more in the novel, so I found way more opportunities to dislike him. When the mother was around, though, I found her horrific. I have a really hard time reading about parents in novels in general, and it was escalated in this novel.
As many of you may know, this book is going to be turned into a movie. Well, Tim Burton is one of the contenders to direct it. After learning this, the book became even better to me because I could picture everything that Burton would and could do to it. Instead of just a book, it slowly started to become a movie inside my head.
Overall, this was a decent book. It was really slow going, and I have to stress that to the viewers. This is a book to read along with another book. I often would read a book that I was more interested in during the day, and when night came, I would read a couple chapters before bed. However, once things started to pick up, I finished like 200 pages in one sitting. I would recommend this novel to people of all ages, as it had a mysterious quality about it that I really enjoyed.
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Rating: [rating: 2.5]
Teaser Quote:“Emma held out a hand and flicker her wrist, but rather than producing a ball of fire, her hand glowed a scintillating blue. The green stars coalesced around it, flashing and whirling, echoing her movements like a school of fish, which, I realized, is just what they were.”