I have to admit that this book has been on my “to read because it looks intriguing but I’m putting it off because well, I don’t know” list for quite some time. I finally got around to reading it today and was very pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it was certainly not what I got. I guess having rather low expectations might have led me to enjoy this book more than I would have otherwise, but I did enjoy it.
The story follows sixteen year-old Jacob as he journeys to discover the truth behind his grandfather’s past. Prompted by some old photographs, he travels to a small welsh island to seek Miss Peregrine and her home of peculiar children.
Normally I’m not a fan of stories that weave the fantastical with the every-day but I thought that Ransom Riggs did a very nice job. I liked the play on time and the matter-of-fact handling of the “peculiars”.
– I liked the characters and thought that Jacob was believable and interesting
– I thought the premise of the book was unique
– It was a good start up book. It felt like it was setting you up for bigger and better things to come.
– The characters could use a bit more development. You do find out about Jacob and I felt like I got to know his ticks a bit, but the other characters were not as well rounded. I never really felt a good connection with any of the characters (not even Jacob) – no real empathy or understanding of their inner motives, desires, or thoughts.
– The photographs were interesting, but a bit disjointed and required a bit more in the text to shore them up.
– The sequel isn’t out yet, and I hate waiting!
Overall rating: 3/5
– Decent read. I would give it a try if you’re looking for a light read.