Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.
Before I get into what I thought of the plot, characters and such I first want to mention how beautifully put together Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is. Keeping with the vintage photographs within its pages, the book itself looks like a vintage book that you might see in an old library if you remove the dust jacket. I love the overall look and feel of the book.
I admit to looking through the pictures first before actually reading the novel. I wondered how the creepy (sometimes disturbing and freaky) photos would work in the story but when I finally actually read it they did. The photos were part of the experience that is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I think some might be put off by the pictures though (especially those who don't like to read scary story) but don't let the pictures fool you, this novel is NOT a horror story. Instead it was a fantastic adventure story with a whimsical quality to it and right from page one it grabbed me and wouldn't let go until the very last page. The plot was fast-paced and the back story of how Miss Peregrine's Home came to be was fascinating. I loved the characters, especially the peculiar children and their unusual abilities. All the characters have their own personality and you just grow to love them.
This novel has something for everybody: fast-paced adventure, mystery, unusual characters, magic with just a dash romance. It's spooky and quirky and touching all at the same time. The writing was slightly awkward at times but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I highly recommend it. 4.5 out of 5 stars
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