“Would my first trip to Europe be spent evading drunken maniacs and watching birds evacuate their bowels on rocky beaches? Maybe so. But if it meant that I’d finally be able to put my grandfather’s mystery to rest and get on with my unextraordinary life, anything I had to endure was worth it.”
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This story is about a boy named Jacob, a loner and a bit of a misfit son of well-to-do parents whose grandfather seems to have a very wild imagination and dies a sudden and horrific death. Jacob likes adventures and he’s always listening to dear old gramp’s stories about the strange home he escaped to evading the Nazis. The home was filled with peculiar kids with varying talents. From girls who can make fire, to people with mouths on the backs of their heads. The stories are all supported by these bizarre pictures that his grandpa has kept all these years depicting the things he told his stories about. When Jacob gets older, he realizes these stories can’t possibly be true– that the monsters were just the Nazis; that the home’s fantastic children was a way of coping.
Then, Jacob witnesses his grandpa’s death at the hands of one of the monsters from the tales and suddenly, anything is possible. He writes it off as crazy at first, but eventually, with the support of his oddball shrink, he convinces his parents he needs to go to Wales for a break following the death of his beloved grandfather and embarks on a journey to Miss Peregrine’s home, where he discovers the truth.
The writing in this story was amazing. Rigg’s was wonderfully unafraid of using big words, and in doing so, Jacob had a mature voice that really stood out among the more blunt first-person narrators we see these days.
I really enjoyed Jacob’s character! He was adventurous, but very pragmatic. He definitely thought before he acted. And he was smart, but it was shown by his decisions, not because he mentioned he had 7 AP classes. Hmmmm?
Another awesome feature was the concept. The plot. The story itself. It was mysterious, deliciously creepy, and so unique that I think there was nothing I could’ve guessed at. The lore in the story was clearly well thought out and the book explained it perfectly. No confusion, no plot holes.
I found it well paced and the events that took place realistic. Jacob gets caught up in this adventure, but his dad is also there and while Jacob is piecing together clues, his family becomes more fleshed out and you start to see why the choices Jacob makes at the end of the story are easy. It’s all very linear and it makes a lot of sense.
The ending was a bit cliffhanger-y, and I’ve heard there is a sequel coming out!! 🙂
While this book’s ending is certainly satisfying, it’s not a hard leap to see where future novels would take us because there is still a villain at large and there is enough content and background to supplement further investigation into this world.
Putting aside everything I’ve said, I think what really makes this book good are the pictures that dot the chapters. Like the one on the cover, they are a perfect blend of freaky and enticing. It makes everything seem so much more real and alive because, well in a sense evidence is staring you right in the face. I think it was a fantastic touch and really innovative. This is a book I would definitely recommend!
Now, if you haven’t notist these days, alot of books are being made into movies. I have been hearing rumors that good ol’ Tim Burton is in talks to develop the book as a potential directing project, and he would be involved in setting a writer to adapt the tale.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did! 🙂