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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Summary: 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.

Thoughts: I know, I know, the cover is creepy. But the story is not. It really lives up to it's name in being...peculiar. But it was all about children! So many little cuties! 
 Ok, the writing was a really nice blend of poetic descriptions and modern slang. The flow of the book happened so naturally that the climax just sort of rolled into place and felt more like an adrenaline rush than a terrifying turn of events. The characters were fairly well fleshed but the book is only eleven chapters. Fairly long chapters, granted, but still, you can only stretch eleven chapters out so far. The whole book felt more like a prologue to the story. Just as I was getting to know everyone, to slide into the group and recognize names, it was over. Which was disappointing but a good way to get me to read the next book. And maybe prologue isn't right. You can skip a prologue. You can't skip this book so I guess it's better to call it the first chapter to a fantastically peculiar tale! 
 On another note, there was a large cast. Don't get me wrong, I love huge casts and millions of characters but it got a little confusing when you were just supposed to remember each character after one introduction. Granted, I'm terrible with names (real or fictional) and each character was usually given some sort of identifying factor. But not all of these factors were used/referred to often and many of the names were similar to others. 
 Also, though I know I assured you the story isn't creepy, the villains definitely are and I would not suggest reading too late into the night with this one!
 And, last but not least, the photography. I find it pretty neat that all those old photos you see in antique shops and flea markets have finally been used in such an awesome way. Granted some of the pictures are a little creepy but no worse than the cover usually. And they were pretty fun references!

Content: There was a fair amount of language in here the most prominent one being P*ss and other variants but there are a few others as well with P*ss being the worst. There are also a few rude jokes made that will probably go over a younger reader's head. And SPOILER (not really sure how much of a spoiler this is but...the children all have some sort of psychic power. There are a few gruesome death scenes as well. END SPOILER. And, like I said, some of the pictures and the villains of the story can be a little bit frightening but I am a very sensitive person when it comes to horror and was only mildly bothered so it's worth looking into. There's also kissing and teenagers swimming together but the girl is in an "old fashioned bathing suit" and probably won't be seen as inappropriate.Along with these scenes is a boy worried about the girl wanting "to kiss" and "jumping" him. Again, probably won't be seen as problematic and will go over younger reader's heads.
Overall, a fun and peculiar tale that's leading the way to a new adventure I can't wait to get started on!


  1. Wow. Sounds just a little like grey griffins. I was thinking about watching the movie

    1. That makes me want to read Grey Griffins even more! I haven't seen the movie yet but I've heard it's really different from the movie. They changed a lot so if you don't like it, don't hold it against the book!