Pabkin’s One Liner: Peculiar is exactly what this is!
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. 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 who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.
And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.
I listened to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on audio book instead of reading it. The voice acting was really well done. There was only one character voice the narrator did that I wasn’t happy with, I forget her name at this point – but she was the little girl his grandpa was sweet on.
Am I the only one that finds it’s hard to remember names after listening to an audio book rather than reading it? When I read it – I can see the name swim in front of my eyes when I mentally picture the character – but when all I have is a voice I always lose the name. Maybe I’m peculiar.
There was quite a bit of mystery and menace in this book. Though I definitely think I could have used much more menace to match the peculiar. The premise was so interesting and I loved the idea that all of the children used to be in a circus. Though I can imagine that must have been a difficult life.
It made me wander though – would they still act as children if they were close to a hundred or older? I tried not to let this tickle my mind too much because then I would have gone “ICK” in a few parts. It was a sweet read and I’m interested to know what happens to all of the children and the villainous “whites” that are after them!
My one regret is that I didn’t get to see the photos that I had heard about from a friend who read the print edition. I think this took away from the overall experience and for that reason I would recommend anyone invested in this title definitely read it in print.