“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.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.
First of all, I just wanted to get out there that this is a book that I have been waiting forever to read. This is a wonderful story for all of the fans of Asylum. I found it not at all hard to connect with the main character, Jacob. His life was never the best and I could really relate to his feelings. The way the story flowed was amazing. From the beginning of his being a little boy hearing a story from his grandfather, to a grown up teen who didn’t know what to believe anymore. It was a road of adventure, truth, and self-understanding. The twists and turns that happened throughout the story fit perfectly. Though, there were times when the event that I was imagining in my mind did not happen at all. The settings were my favorite part. I am a total mist, forest, and old creepy house type of girl. I did’t think it was creepy at all when Emma (who is Jacob’s grandfather’s old “girlfriend”) and Jacob started to have a thing for each other. It was cute and comfortable with the story. I thought it was super cool when Jacob finds out he is also one of the peculiar people and that there are more of people like him. A house full of people who can do spectacular things and loop time! And even though Jacob left his father in the end, I was just glad that he did what he thought was right and what would make him happy, because happiness was something that was hard for him to find. I’ve said this a million time and I’l say it again. The pictures played a bug part in the creation of the books. The pictures were like the glue that held the story together and the windows that allowed that readers a view into another world. This was a good read and I am looking forward to reading the sequel Hollow City! – thank you