Tuesday, October 25, 2011
An abandoned orphanage.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 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.
Review: This book had a really interesting premise and it was really entertaining but in some ways it didn't live up to my expectations. I thought the back story behind these places and characters was really great and kept the story interesting even in slow moments. I also thought the photos were a really great addition. They made the story seem more real and gave some interesting visuals relating to the characters. At first I thought some of the details made the story kind of corny, but as the book went on I liked it more and more. But I thought the details regarding how the book ended were kind of confusing. I also couldn't really connect with Jacob as a character, I thought he was kind of dull in some points and liked getting to know the other characters a lot more. Overall, though I thought this book was just OK. I just couldn't get over how ridiculous some of the details were.