It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I should have loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but there was a disconnect here. I made it to 70%, and it took me days to get to the end from there. I probably should’ve given up, but while I was too stubborn to do that, I’ve learned my lesson (thank you Royals series for that…), and I refuse to continue a series after a terrible start. It’s freeing removing so many books from my TBR shelf and good motivation to do this more often.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is marketed as YA, featuring 80+-year-old characters stuck in the bodies of children. Which, apparently, means they have to act like children even though they’re senior citizens trapped in a Groundhog Day hell for decades. But there’s also pretty mature content (kidnapping, murder, and mutilation) framed around creepy old photographs. I’m sure there’s a world in which this could have all worked together, but this is not that world, and I just feel confused.
I didn’t care about these characters or their story, and I was utterly bored despite the subject matter. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the beginning and the end of the road for me in this series.