Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

If you can’t tell from the cover, this is a spooky, edge-of-your-seat type of read. It’s peppered with chilling vintage photographs such as this one:

The story itself has a vintage feel to it, as well, both in the writing and in the setting (England during WW2). The characters are likeable and the descriptions, for better or for worse, instantly form vivid images in your mind.

And the Peculiars themselves are fascinating. Take Emma (the photo above), who can create fire from her hands, or Olive (Cover), who has to wear weighted shoes lest she float away. They somehow manage to be charming yet spooky at the same time.

The narrator, Jacob, is quite interesting as well. I won’t tell you too much about him (Spoilers, sweetie) but he’s not your typical hero, which makes me like him that much more.

This book is a must read, especially when you’re in the mood for something creepy.


Five stars


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