I have been doing a good bit of reading the last 7 months. I recently finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and even though I am going to review a lot of the books I have read lately (all really good), I wanted to start with this one since the movie is came out.
To start, if you don’t like fantasy books or books that couldn’t happen in real life (like my mom), you won’t like this book. But if you like books like Harry Potter, I think you will love it.
Jacob is the main character in this definitely peculiar but excellent book. He is extremely close to his grandfather, who tells him fantastic tales about his childhood in a safe home for children during World War 2. The children all have peculiar things about them – making fire with their hands, controlling bees, floating in the air. He even has pictures to go along with his stories. But as Jacob grows older, he dismisses the stories as fairy tales.
When Jacob grandfather suddenly dies, Jacob is left to figure out what his dying words mean and uncover the secrets of his grandfather’s past.
This is all I am going to say. The book is the first in a three book series. It is really well written, and one thing I really liked is that the author Ransom Riggs included these amazing old photographs in the book. My copy had an author interview in the back, and he said that he collected pictures and looked through old photograph collectors’ collections. Sometimes he worked in interesting photographs into the story and sometimes he went looking for specific photographs. I think the photographs really set the book apart of from others. The pictures are REAL and apparently only a few were photoshopped.
I really wanted to see the movie, but of course I didn’t get to the theater (I can’t remember the last movie I saw in the theater). I have read some about the movie, and as all movies are that started as books, it is different. But the author approved of all of the changes (some quite large like brand new characters). There are very few movies that I think are almost as good or just as good as the books (I will say Harry Potter is one of those). So I am hoping that this one will fall into that category.
I have also read Hollow City and Library of Souls, which are books 2 and 3. But I am not going to write reviews on them, since they are the sequels and I don’t want to give anything away. But they are just as good as the first!
Have you read the books and/ or seen the movie??
Have a great day!