Pages: 352 Price: £9.00 Published: 2011 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-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 decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s 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.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was just one of those books that you buy but then other books and things come up and it falls to the bottom of your reading list, not forgotten, just neglected. After spending possibly two or three months in total sat on the shelf staring at me, I finally decided to start it.
And I am so happy I did.
This is definitely not my type of book, I like Crime and Thriller, not Fantasy. However there was something about this book that made it impossible for me to put it down. I’m genuinely surprised at myself for liking it so much.
The opening chapter was one of the best openings I’ve ever read because it was so different. The way the narrator, 16-year-old Jacob, tells the reader about the stories his Grandfather used to tell him is fascinating. His Grandfather tells Jacob stories about the ‘monsters’ hunting him and how he had to move away to this paradise home to get away as he is in danger, but then we learn that in fact these ‘monsters’ he is referring to are the Nazi’s and he had to get away because he was a Jew living in Poland in World War Two so he was evacuated. It is so cleverly written and I really like the narrator Jacob throughout the whole book, he is a great main character.
As the book goes on Jacob realises more and more than he belongs with the Peculiar Children more than his own family, I actually really liked this probably because it seems Jacob has a horrible family anyway but I also liked it this way because it meant Jacob was fulfilling his Grandfather’s wishes. As for the other characters I think my favourite has to be Millard. Millard is invisible, so only visible when wearing clothes, and he has some great and entertaining parts of dialogue and contributions in the book. As for the antagonist of the book, I was able to guess who the primary antagonist was however this did not affect the enjoyability of the book, as for the antagonists henchmen, if you will, I really liked the Hollowgast and I think the description of the chase scene involving one was really well written and a very edge-of-your-seat moment.
Overall I actually couldn’t recommend this book enough, so if you’re like me and don’t strive far from your genre or you’re looking to get into either Young Adult or Fantasy fiction, I highly recommend starting with this. I will be reading the other two books in this trilogy.
My Rating: 5/5 STARS