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.
Jacob is a spoilt rich kid, who seems to have everything in his life and yet complains of its dullness. It isn’t until he sets on a search for the truth about his grandfather’s mysterious backstory, he discovers the potential ‘extraordinariness’ that his life could be heading towards. The author then takes us on a
weird journey about Jacob’s peculiar discoveries at the island where his grandfather once lived. We are introduced to a bunch of characters, who should have probably been dead 60 years ago but seem to be still lurking around. Will these characters change Jacob’s plain old life into a rollercoaster of peculiarity? Will Jacob at last be able to break down the truth behind his grandfather’s life? And how the heck are those people still alive? *dramatic music* To get yourself the answers to these questions, grab yourself a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…
*But before that you might just want to know the reality of this not-so-creepy-as-it-seems book.*
When I first came across this book, I was completely smitten by its cover. My mind raced through a billion possibilities of what the plot of the book could be. I expected something extremely intriguing with a bit of spookiness here and there. The synopsis of the book too led me into believing this book would probably give me nightmares. But all these “expectations” crashed within the first three chapters of this book…
Although this book screams HORROR from the look of it, it really isn’t much more than a fantasy-adventure story. In fact, the plot vaguely reminded me of Alice in the Wonderland (trust me on this one)
The author- Riggs seems to have a really good grip with words. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the last few chapters of the book because of how graphic it was.
The pictures- They elevated the story to a new level. We are driven into the illusion of believing in the world the author creates with these pictures. The only creepy thing about this book were some of the pictures. (I can’t really show you my favorite pictures from the book cause it might just turn out to be a major spoiler)
The protagonist:Jacob- It was a real struggle to read this book in his point of view.I don’t care about the fact I couldn’t relate to him, but Jacob came off as a character who seemed really sucked up in the idea of attaining an extraordinary life.His character lacked the magic.It was really had for me to bring up any feelings for this dude.
*oh wait… At a particular page I felt like hitting him with a wooden chair*. Just remember, this is the guy who takes life altering decisions in a time span of a short-short walk.
The characters- The book was overflowing with characters.For almost each character, we are given a tiny intro (with meagre detailing) and a picture. I must admit, there were many instants where I completely lost track of the character names and had to flip back and find the page where we first meet them *facepalm*. Some may find this really impressive and feel the author has taken care of minute details. But for me, this overwhelming characters supply ripped my memory off. *Psst I felt the main reason some of the characters even existed was because Riggs couldn’t contain his urge to add another creepy child picture*
The drag- *This might just contradict about my opinions about the author’s grip with words* This may partial be because I didn’t enjoy this book to its fullest, but I did feel that there were some chapters which took like forever to finish.
Everything said and done, I will probably be reading the sequels to this book *but not anytime soon*, only to get myself some answers which were left lingering in this installment.
If you are someone who is into fantasy and discovering-a-new-world kind of thing, then Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children would be your book.
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