Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
OH MY! I don’t know if I have said this before but Ransom Riggs is one of my TOP favorite authors! There is just something about his writing that glues your hands to his books and won’t let go!
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world, to save the ymbrynes!
Jacob came to the island in contemporary time to find answers about his grandfather. He leaves it in 1940 to save Miss Peregrine, the woman who helped him discover that he is a peculiar — just as she helped every other fleeing child in the three boats.
Peculiars are children with supernatural abilities. Little Olive will float to the heavens if she does not wear her weighted shoes. Scholarly Millard is invisible. Jacob’s feisty girlfriend, Emma, can make fire with her hands. As for Jacob, he has the ability to sense and see hollowgasts, creatures that devour peculiars so they can become powerful wights.
In order to get Miss Peregrine, who is trapped in bird form, to London where there’s a fellow shape-shifter who can help her, Jacob and the other peculiars must travel through time loops, escape from wights and hollowgasts, and navigate World War II-ravaged England. Their thrilling journey is interspersed with authentic vintage photos that the author found over many years and borrowed from fellow collectors, which is an amazing additive to this series. Riggs does not incorporate the black-and-white images seamlessly as simple illustration. They are often surprising, appearing at specific points in order to make readers pause in horror, humor, or despair. In one, two pairs of glowing eyes float in the black above a pile of skulls and bones. In another, a goggle-wearing dog with a pipe in its mouth gazes into the distance. And in yet another, a lone soldier stares at the debris on the altar of a bombed cathedral. It feels as if the photos came first and from them the story emerged, a warp through which the plot was woven.
If you have not read the first book, I strongly suggest you head out right now and pick it up and start this amazing journey!
Here’s my review of the first book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children