Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 expected to be a lot more creeped out, caught up in the danger, fascinated by the peculiar children than I was, and that was disappointing.

It took forever for us to get to this island and the peculiar children, which as that’s what the synopsis plays up the most, had me getting bored and frustrated, waiting for the action to start. And honestly, I never really felt like it did, when we finally get to the action it’s rushed and shoves us to the end of the story. The majority of the story is more of Jacob trying to learn about his grandfather, which I would have been fine with, if that’s what I had been set up to believe as the main point of the story.

This felt more like a coming of age/starting to discover oneself story. And that aspect of it was done really well. The writing was well done, the imagery evocative, and the creative use of the photographs was creative and original, yet there was something that just didn’t reel me into the story in the way I hoped for. I don’t think I will be continuing this series.

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