Hello book lovers!
How has life been? Anything interesting going on out there?
I just started classes as I’m sure many of you have! Three days in and I decided I’m already exhausted. The only consolation is that my first set of classes are aimed at precisely I want to do so I’m really thrilled to be in them. So besides being overwhelmed and consistently tired (is this how parents with children feel? Because if so I’m really unsure I’m ready for them in the near future…) I have managed to read a little here and there and thought I needed to catch up with some reviews.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (348 pages)
Jacob is a 16 year old boy who loses his seemingly crazy grandfather after watching him get attacked by a strange creature in the woods. To help him deal with the death of his grandfather he starts seeing a therapist. The therapist insists it would benefit Jacob to visit the children’s home off the coast of Wales that Jacob’s grandfather spent time at as a boy before the war. His grandfather spent years telling Jacob ridiculous stories accompanied by bizarre pictures of the children he encountered at Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. Once Jacob and his father arrive on the island Jacob begins exploring by himself to find answers to all the questions burning in his brain. But even though the house his grandfather spent time in still shows the effects of being blown to pieces after a bomb hit many years ago Jacob keeps getting drawn back to the house…and eventually he wonders if those children are still alive after all this time.
This book was decent. Everyone was raving about it for so long that I eventually decided I had to make it a priority. Also, let’s be honest, the movie preview came to my attention not too long ago and I realized there would be no way I could walk into a theatre to see this movie if I hadn’t first read the book (as per usual with book-to-movie adaptions). I enjoyed this book and was eager to finish it but once I set it down I instantly forgot all about it. While some aspects of the book are clearly fantasy based and unrealistic for my all-loving-realistic point of view in life, I still enjoyed the story. Riggs is a decent author AND storyteller which some authors struggle with at times. Lastly, let’s discuss the pictures which were actually really wonderful to sift through and gave a short, fun break from the story. LOVED that aspect of the book. I am mostly excited to read the next piece of this series and see where this crazy story leads these characters. Also, I’m still excited to see the movie!
I KNOW a lot of you have read this series – what did you think? How would you rate it among recent books you’ve read? Does the series get better or worse? Let me know what you think!
Have a great rest of the day everyone. 🙂