It’s time for reflection!
I must admit, when I saw our September book choice, I went:
Me + scary books =s Me having nightmares
I mean, look at the cover, it did not make me want to open the book. Nor did the description which promised eerie things (courtesy of Goodreads):
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
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 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.
^Although I feel like this summary is somewhat misleading…but explaining why might spoil some things, so I’ll remain mum.
It didn’t terrify me like I thought it would. Even the super creepy pics didn’t bother me, because they really added to the story. No sleeping with the lights on or anything!
Right away, it didn’t exactly *feel* like a YA to me. There was something “looking back-ish” reflective about the prologue.
Note: Here is a book where I think the prologue works well, because it sets up the story nicely.
I’m not sure how to accurately explain this. A lot happens, but it doesn’t really seem like it. I stayed a bit detached from the story. The MC, Jacob, was likable, but I never got to really know him. I wasn’t as emotionally invested as I wanted to be.
There was a slight bit of romance (which I’m normally all for), but even that felt a little odd and not just because of the circumstances.
Ransom Riggs was great at creating an atmosphere; I didn’t have any trouble imagining the island. But I would have liked to get to know the “Peculiars” better because some of them were really interesting. I liked Bronwyn for her bravery/sweetness and Enoch, despite his creepy “gift.”
Some of the time/space explanations were a bit muddled, but I’m the sort to question Newton’s laws, so it’s not surprising I’d feel iffy about that. I did, however, figure out one of the twists, so I was quite proud of myself.
The ending was obviously setting things up for a sequel, but it felt a little “eh,” mostly because I was still a tad confused about the time/space stuff.
All in all, it was a quick read and an interesting concept…just not my type of book.
Edit: I want to comment on your blogs, fellow book clubbers, so we can dish about this book, but my words keep getting eaten when I click “submit”…so sorry if you somehow end up with 500 comments from me b/c of this weird glitch.