When I was going through my local bookstore, I saw three books with interesting and eerie cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children caught my attention. After long months of waiting, I finally got the book! Yay! So I’m making this review for all of you.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Released Date: June 7, 2011
Author: Ransom Riggs
Rating: 4 stars
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.
The book started when Jacob’s grandfather, Abe, talked about his childhood fairy tales. Jacob’s father said, it wasn’t a fairytale but a nightmare. His grandfather showed pictures of the peculiar kids that he met in the orphanage.
One day while Jacob was working, his grandfather called. He was looking for a key that opens up a room where his grandfather keeps his weapons (he loves guns so much that he once slept with a gun in his hand). Jacob dropped the call and called for his dad. He ordered Jacob to check for his grandpa, and he did.
When he arrived at their house with his best friend Ricky, the house door was scratch. They thought it was just a wild animal or just dogs. Jacob went deeper into the forest and saw his grandfather lying in a pool of his own blood. His breath was raspy so Jacob can’t here what he was saying. He leaned closer as his grandfather spoke:
“Go to the island, Yakob. Here it’s not safe.”
After a long talk with his grandfather, a figure stood near them. His eyes swam in dark liquid and has tentacles for tongue (gross and creepy! Eek!). It was creepy! But no body believed him when he told the police what it looks like.
They thought he was crazy so his parents sent him to the doctor for check-up. Dr. Golan said it was because of the stories that his grandfather told him. Jacob began dreaming about his grandfather’s last words and the monster that he saw.
On his birthday, there was a gift from his grandfather. He opened it and saw the book of Emerson. A paper slipped and he picked it up. Jacob ran upstairs to check it. It was a letter from Miss Peregrine.
Jacob went to an island to look for the orphanage. At first, his parents wouldn’t let him but Dr. Golan said he has to. Jacob’s dad went with him because they discovered that the island was full of birds.
In the island, they went to a place where they stayed. Jacob went looking for the orphanage that he found old and rickety. No sign of children or even Miss Peregrine. Jacob was disappointed to see nothing but garbage.
After he went tp the museum, Jacob decided to go back. He entered the doorless door and decided to went upstairs because he can’t go to the basement.
Upstairs, he saw many rooms. The room he entered was what he thought was his grandfather’s. He saw luggage beneath the bed and opened it just to see it empty. But something caught his eyes, it was a trunk. He tried to grabbed it but it was locked. Jacob decided to break the lock but it won’t budge. So he thought of a way to break the trunk rather than the lock.
He pushed the trunk down the stairs as it came sliding down. The trunk made a hole on the floor which leads to the basement.
Jacob had no choice but to go down and see what the trunk held inside. He walked down but it was pitch black. He even tried to adjust his eyes, but he can’t.
Then, he remembered to use the tiny light of his phone. He pointed it at some shelf. There were jarred things. At first he thought the objects are fruits. As he stared at it, he noticed that they aren’t fruits but human’s organs. It’s gross isn’t it? Can you imagine yourself there? You stand at the basement with your phone as your only source of light. Then you come across a shelf full of human organs preserved in jars with formaldehyde. Ew.
Jacob went to the light where he found he trunk’s broken pieces. There he saw the pictures like what his grandfather showed him.
Let’s skip because I would want you to know how this book felt reading.
The idea is good, the setting,choice of words, atmosphere, names, and let’s just say some parts of the book. To me, a fifteen-year-old girl, this book is a bit hard to understand. Some parts are hard to follow. But as I read and read, I cam quite catch up to the topic. The names are a bit hard to remember for a busy person like me. Gosh.
But believe me, this book is epic! It was a great book. People who loves supernatural genre would like/love it! The book is also well-detailed. Your imagination will surely work since there are also photographs of the orphans.
Please tell me if you liked the book too! I would love to chat about it. See you in the next review!
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