Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Published: 2011 by Quirk
Genres: Fantasy, Horror/Gothic, Young Adult
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My review of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a part of a mini-review series to write about books that I read while on blogging hiatus last fall. I had originally planned to write about it during the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge.
Jacob’s grandfather has always told him wild and imaginative stories. At 16, Jacob dismisses them as mere tales, but when his grandfather is murdered, he begins to wonder if there might not be a grain of truth in them after all. Seeking to discover his grandfather’s secrets, Jacob travels to Wales to visit the orphanage where his grandfather was raised. There, he discovers a world distanced from time and populated by peculiar people with psychic powers.
As I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I found myself continually pondering whether the children were real, or a figment of an overly active imagination. It is the story of the magic and ideals of childhood being intruded upon by the harsh realities of the grown-up world.
This is the kind of book that you engage and interact with. It is interspersed with vintage photographs, giving it an eerie and vaguely sinister quality. I would recommend the physical book over the e-book because the visuals play such a key role in building the story’s atmosphere. I read the Kindle version, and although there’s nothing wrong with it, the hardcover editions are gorgeous and would give the pictures even more prominence.