My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a book about time traveling and adventure. It’s a middle grade, young adult first book of a trilogy series and it follows Jacob who travels to the U.K. in search of answers concerning the mystery of his grandfather and some…rather peculiar photographs.
I really enjoyed reading books when I was in middle grade school like Harry Potter, of course, and the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemoni Snicket. I am sure that if I had read this book back then I would have found it fascinating! It’s adventurous, mysterious and a little bit creepy at times. I would definitely recommend this to young adolescents who enjoy books!
The problem is though, that I read it as an adult and not as a teenager and so I was not really impressed by the whole story. From the cover page and the looks of the book I expected to read a horror story. That was not the case at all, the book was not as scary as it appears to be. There were one or two gory moments though.
Furthermore, the pictures were a very cool element, but I felt that they were out of place. Like Riggs just found some pictures and tried to desperately fit them in the story. At times I thought “oh, here is a paragraph that is used just so the picture makes sense”. Plus, the style and the atmosphere of the story did not agree with the creepy black and white photos.
Still, it was an authentic story and as I said, I would have enjoyed it very much as a teenager.
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