Here's the peculiar and oddly mystifying blurby-blurb!
'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.'
I had been hearing heaps of things from people that this was an amazing book, it was so creepy and eerie and would leave you on your toes the entire time, so of course I had to come and read this! :) Let's begin.
- Spoilers! Spooky ghosts and spoilers, so beware before trespassing! -
Originally, Mara and Savannah read it before I had ever really heard of it. I had seen it in the YA section of Dymocks, but it never really tickled my fancy because I don't get scared by books very well (Or I try to avoid the REALLY scary ones, like Stephen King's IT or H.P Lovecraft's anything.) but by the insistence of Mara and Sav, I thought I should give it a go!
I bought it from Dymocks at $20. The entire series is there, but I only bought the first book.
I like the blurb but I don't like the blurb at the same time. I love the black and white contrast, the font, the paperback design which is hard enough and built for durability. I love the graphic and the general design of it...
But at the same time, I don't like the little girl, I don't like the general childishness look about it. I don't like how thick and heavy it feels so that when you're carrying it around, it feel like a weight. It's a very back and forth cover for me. I don't hate it but I don't love it either.
The blurb though does a great job of explaining what the book is about is the shortest amount of time; Peculiar children with certain skills or supernatural talents, creepy photographs, Jacob stumbles across them. Cue mayhem. It definitely pulls you in and makes it stand out from the rest of the other 'creepy' novels out there.
Now, again....it's been a few months since I read this book because I've been sooooo slack in reviewing books quickly after I finish them...but what I can remember of Miss Peregrine is that Jacob meets the children, he falls in love, and begins to find out secrets about the children. Things like that the children had all died in a nuclear explosion, but were caught in time by one of their adult figures (I forget what their official title is...) and now they just keep repeating the same day again and again. They seek to resolve this, and to also figure out other secrets...
As you can tell, I really cannot remember it to save my life. It didn't make that much of an impact on me :(
The fact that I could get through this book was surprising. I got to the end of this book and remember thinking, 'Yeeeeeah....I won't be continuing onto the next portion of the series. This first one is it' I just could not like it as much as I wanted to. It had an interesting plot, somewhat relatable characters, and decent enough writing...but it was just that. It was decent. Simply decent. It's one that you'd read once, maybe think about once or twice after reading, but that's it.
The super powers that the children had were okay, almost kind of predictable, and the forced teen romance is something that has just gotten on my nerves the past few books that I've been reading. It seems like it HAS to be in there now because, hey, if there isn't any romance no one will ever read it so we just need to throw in a last minute half-assed romance and that should set everyone okay. It's infuriating!
I want to know why I didn't connect to this, but I honestly cannot put my finger on it.
To be honest, none of the characters really stood out to me or made me really go, 'THAT ONE. THAT ONE IS MY FAVOURITE!' They all kind of blended into each other of what I thought was decent but not extraordinary characters.
- I like the fact that the characters did have super powers and it came in handy during their missions or 'quests'.
- The mystery behind each aspect of the plot. It took a good amount of time for them to figure everything out, and they still are. But it was never dragged on and become tedious.
- The cover is interesting enough for you to pick up the book, and the blurb hooks you in.
- The photographs. I thought they were just weird and sometimes it pulled me out of the story because a lot of the reason I like to read is because I like to imagine the things described for myself, not have them described and then an actual picture of it. It ruins the purpose of it.
- the teen romANCE.
- That there's an entire series of it. It just shows that it keeps going on and that there are just more and more mysteries for them to solve and in the end it becomes Scooby Doo and the Gang solving mysteries.
Interesting idea, but not interesting or executed well enough in my personal tastes.
I'm rating Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children a 3 out of 10
and a time out in the naughty corner.
“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children