Page Count: 352 pages
Publication Date: June 2011
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.
Disclaimer: I had already watched the film adaptation before reading the book, so I had an idea of what to expect.
I’m going straight to the point to keep this short and sweet. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great book, but not exciting enough to deserve a 5-star rating.
The photos are so, so creepy! Loved them! They definitely helped bring the story to life. But still, I expected the story to be a bit more… I don’t know… scary.
The beginning of the story was great, but then the pace sort of slowed down half way through the book.
I’m not sure I liked the romance between Jacob and Emma either, because it didn’t really add anything to the story. And let’s face it, dating your granddad’s ex would be kind of gross, wouldn’t you agree?
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad book, and I’ll definitely carry on with the series at some point. I just think it could have been so much better.