I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was properly strange in places, as well as maintaining a sense of mystery throughout, but it never felt forced or had gaping plot holes. It doesn’t exactly have something profound to say, but that’s completely fine. It’s just a really fun and engaging read.
The book kicks of with the death of Jacob’s grandpa, which leads to events spiraling and finally Jacob ending up on a mysterious island. Because of how all the events are shrouded in mystery, I don’t want to much into the plot for fear of accidentally spoiling something. Instead, I’ll leave the blurb at the end of the review.
One of my favourite aspects of this novel is Ransom Riggs’ use of pictures. Jacob’s grandpa has some strange photographs, which are included in the book. They are properly creepy. The images are all authentic, vintage photographs, often found in collections. I found this to be a particularly unique idea, and it certainly gave the book an extra flair that made it stand out in my mind.
The writing allowed the book to flow with ease, and made it very readable. The language conjured vivid images, and I never struggled to place myself there in my mind’s eye. The plot moved at a decent pace throughout the entire novel, never too fast or too slow. I wouldn’t say it’s exceptionally good, but it’s fun and enjoyable – which is all that mattered to me.
All the characters have a uniqueness about them, but the story is dominated by Jacob. This isn’t inherently a problem, as he has lots of internal struggles that make him interesting, but I would have liked some of the supporting characters motivations and feelings to be more fleshed out. However, I did really Emma, who also feels well developed.
I give it 6 out of 7. I almost gave it 5.5, but going back and reading over a few small sections has made me appreciate the dialogue. It’s something that often just makes a book gel without being flashy, and this is certainly the case here. I think that is a large factor in why the book is so readable. I’d recommend to any fans of young adult novels that have a fantasy element.
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.