Such an unique idea in such an unique setting. A refreshing twist on time travel, quirky characters that really are quirky and old, creepy photographs.
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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.
The reason I picked this book up (I read it quite some time ago) was Jesse (YouTube @JesseTheReader). He seemed to love this book so much and I needed to know why. I was sort of hesitant to pick it up at first, because I was worried about it being too creepy or horrifying. I was wrong, this book isn’t scary at all. It’s sort of creepy, but not in a graphic or horror like way.
Stuff gets real right from the beginning from the book. You are at the edge of your seat and need to know what’s going on. And when you start learning about the world, you want to know everything! But all the information is spread throughout the book, which makes it all a lot less overwhelming. You are also introduced to the Peculiar Children one by one and you learn about the history of the whole situation.
As the story progresses, the pace really picks up. There is a lot more adventure and some action packed scenes. And some romance begins too bloom. The romance wasn’t a big part of the book and in my oppinion that was a good thing, because it really could have taken the focus away from the story itself.
And when you get towards the end you have no idea how it is going to work out. And then it’s over and you need the next book (oh right, you might want to order all the books at once, they fly by faster than you think).
The characters are really what forms the book. They make the book unique and interesting. There are a lot of characters, but Ransom has somehow managed to give them all a very own voice and personality. And the peculiarities are extremely well done. Some are pretty straight forward, but some are really interesting and intricate.
Jacob really had a voice like a normal teenager, which a lot of YA characters don’t these days. His decisions aren’t always the smartest, but I could always see where they came from. He isn’t annoying to read about and stays interesting throughout the book.
So this was an overal good read. There are a few things that did bother me; the length of the chapters, they are really long and there are barely any pause points. And sometimes the story seemed to be written around the pictures. Like the pictures were there and the story needed to be molded around it. This made some plot points seem a bit random or forced.