Published by Quirk Books on November 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
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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.
If you think you’ve read all the stories featuring kids with magical powers, think again. The haunting, secret world in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the peculiar children’s abilities, the creepy photographs, time travel and a character with a strong bond with his grandfather tells a unique and wonderfully whimsical story.
At it’s foundation, this is a story of a boy who grew up believing his grandfather’s stories of a magical house filled with children. Like a kid whose told that Santa is not real, Jacob’s world turns upside down as he gets older and his parents take him to therapy. Miss Peregrine’s captures and preserves that magical childhood belief in fairy tales. What if my childhood stories came true? What if magic really exists?
Stumbling upon the deserted island is like walking back into a time portal of olden day clothing, pipes and the threat of World War II. The process of Jacob meeting each of the peculiar children, discovering their abilities and the magical wonder of the time loop is extraordinary. I loved Miss Peregrine’s protectiveness over the children under her care and the ageless youth of the children. Emma, who commands the power of fire, is vivacious, courageous and a true fire cracker. I liked how her initial distrust over Jacob gave way to curiousity and a hint of attraction. The book teases a romance, that I look forward to developing over the sequels.
There’s something sad about the story of Jacob’s grandfather, as honourable of a man that could be, who is forever tainted to his friends and family. All he needs is Jacob to believe in him, and I love how Jacob’s loyalty to his grandfather lead him to discover his true purpose with the peculiars. I liked how Jacob also formed a tentative relationship with his parents, who treated him with eggshells due to his diagnosed mental illness. They play the part of muggles in the story well, who believe they’re doing the best for their son.
I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.
The most bedazzling thing about Miss Peregrine’s however, isn’t the imaginative and haunting world, nor the peculiarities that have been constructed through it’s pages. It’s that each and every one of these creepy photographs in the story are real. Mind. Blown. That just brought the story to a whole other dimension for me.
Whether you’re just picking this up or it’s an old favourite, Miss Peregrine’s is a magical, haunting book about extraordinary possibilities. The combination of mysterious photos and the story of children and their peculiarities takes the story to another level. I’m really looking forward to the movie now and I’ve already ordered the next 2 books!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a review copy.
Series Review – Booktube Video
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