352 pages (Hardcover)
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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, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I have finally succeeded in creating a small book club in my hometown with some of my close friends. The first book we chose to read was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It was a book that I had been avoiding for quite some time due to the incorrect impression I had of it. I tend to avoid books that I find scary or frightening and the cover of the book had given me an impression that the book would be darker and slightly more horror filled than was strictly true.
In the end, by looking more into the book, I realized it was more up my alley than I had first assumed. The interesting paranormal, fantastical portions of the story were engrossing and very well thought out. It was unique in a sea of books where there are too many with similarities. The mixed elements of children with special abilities or characteristics and time manipulation elements along with the horror of the enemy population combined to make a wonderful story.
I, along with my fellow book club members, found the characters to be fun, yet realistic. The wide variety of characters worked well together, making the story fast paced and easy to follow. The story was unpredictable and I enjoyed uncovering the enemy plot as the children learned more.
The pictures utilized by the author helped to make the story wholly unique and I loved being able to see the snapshots that were referred in the story. It gave the whole story a new dimension that made it feel real and touchable.
Only one portion made me groan, because the situation seemed to be just a little bit too much, but I'll not say what for sake of possibly spoiling it for people.
I would recommend this book to young adult lovers, especially those interested in paranormal, however it could be a great read for many types of readers.
Overall I would give it a level four out of five hangover.
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