Series: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date Published: 2011-06-07
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Description: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 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.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children started off great with a lot of mystery and intrigue and action. We almost immediately get introduced into the world of Peculiars by way of Jacob’s Grandfather, and his untimely and strange death. Jacob then decides to go on a quest of his own to figure out what his Grandfather was involved in and what he was trying to tell him before he died.
The story has some really awesome creepy elements with the scary creatures and their back story, as well as all the Peculiar kids. I thought the characters were really interesting and quite unique, and so were their circumstances. I enjoyed the stories about each character and thought that part of the book was intriguing and fun.
What bothered me was even 60% of the way through the book, Jacob was too busy having fun and learning about the world of Peculiars, and spending time with a girl – but I left wondering when the conflict of the book was going to come into play. I felt that took too long to get to the real purpose of the story, and then the book just kind of ended. I didn’t know there was a sequel, so I was a little disappointed in the ending. It didn’t really resolve much, just the immediate danger, and they were set up to continue the fight in the next book. I’m not a huge fan of endings like that, but oh well.