Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Book Reviews Thursday, September 1, 2011
Jacob grew up hearing stories of his grandfather's childhood and seeing pictures of the mysterious orphaned children his grandfather grew up with. Peculiar children with strange abilities. He also grew up hearing of the "monsters" Jacob's grandfather went to war to fight. Jacob always thought "monsters" referred to the Germans in the war. But when his grandfather dies and leaves him a cryptic message to find the orphanage, Jacob begins to uncover the truth.
I couldn't put this book down! It was fantastic. Strange and eerie, yet beautifully written. And the interesting pictures only add to the story. I was especially impressed with two things:
1.The writing was phenomenal. Even though it's from a teenage boy's POV, his use of the English language is above how teenagers usually speak, and his sentences are complex yet readable. Great descriptions throughout, it just pulled me right in.
2. And even though it is from a teenage boy's POV, we don't get details of his anatomical changes whenever he sees a pretty girl (which is one of my pet peeves about reading from teenage boy's perspectives. We know it happens! We don't need to read about it!). Jacob is a spectacularly written character.
I LOVED this book!
I'm a mother, a Mormon and a musician, and I squee over all things pink and sparkly. I write books about doors that shouldn't be opened and enchanted tears that shouldn't be shed. I'm the proud wife of a farmer, and we live in a dinky Idaho farm town where the chances of getting stuck in tractor-induced traffic jams are highly likely. I believe anything can be made better with a good attitude and maybe a book packed away for those just-in-case times.