Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1
Published: June 7, 2011, Quirk Books
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
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. [Goodreads]
I read this book first a few years ago, but to be honest, I didn’t remember anything about it. That was probably a warning, but I saw the movie a little while ago (not accurate to the book, good apart, too many eyeballs for my taste) and thought I’d better reread so that I can properly critique the movie!
Rereading this has proven how much my reading and thoughts about books has developed over time. I was very underwhelmed by the characters, the plot, the writing. It felt like a children’s book. I know that it sounds ridiculous, that it could be considered a children’s book, but I didn’t like that. Most YA books are written for anyone, they can’t be discredited for being solely for little kids. But this book felt like it was for children, not anyone else who was interested.
We answered with a cry of our own, both a victory yell and a lament, for everything lost and yet to be gained.
The main character, Jacob, seemed like he wasn’t ever truly himself, there was just something about him that gave me a bad taste in my mouth, something that made me think he was trying too hard (the character or the author, I’m not sure). Emma, the most prominent peculiar at the home, was also very two-dimensional, but maybe in the next book there will be more development for the characters. Miss Peregrine was also not very memorable to me, instead I again felt as though the author was trying too hard to make the characters not fit in.
I know this is not a very fun review, so instead of going into detail on how the plot was disappointing and the villains weren’t enough to keep me 100% occupied while reading, I’m going to stop here. I do have the second book to read, and I’m going to try it. For now, I’m going to leave you all with this short and depressing review and go write something that makes me want to blog (I have been reading good books, I promise).
I know that this book is beloved among some people. If you want to tell me about why you love it (or not), feel free! I’m in a discussion mood after watching the Gilmore Girls revival, so tell me how you feel!