Review by Phil
June 2011 by Quirk
Amazon + Good Reads
"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.
And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive."
I read Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children in the beginning of this year, but precisely 45 books ago, so my facts may be a little rusty, but my opinion remains the same, this book was awesome.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children brings us into the world of sixteen year old boy named Jacob, who travels halfway across the globe to a remote island in Wales. There he hopes to discover the monsters his grandfather would talk of for years, before he himself was killed by them.
There he discovers something he never would have thought could ever exist, and along the way he makes friends for a lifetime.
One thing that I need to say, is that Miss Peregrine’s is nothing like what I thought it would be. From the cover, and the super creepy pictures between the pages, you would think this book would be scary, but that is not the case at all. If anything this book is a very lighthearted read, and doesn't ever really get past PG-13 on the scare factor.
The writing for this book was really good, and the story-line was captivating enough for me to like it.
My favorite part of this book by far though were the pictures. Even though the story wasn't very scary, the pictures were very chilling sometimes, and the scariest part was that they were real pictures!
In all honesty I don’t get all the hype of this book, I mean it is good, but nothing at all like what people say it is. Overall I gave Miss Peregrine’s 4/5 stars, and would definitely recommend it. I also can’t wait for the sequel which is called Hollow City, it is going to be awesome!
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