I’ve Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the back of my mind for awhile now and just decided to pick it up from the library. I was about halfway through the book when I decided to grab books 2 and 3 because I knew I would need to read them. I’m debating whether or not to watch the movie because it doesn’t totally grab my attention from the trailer. Should I watch it?
**My reviews are spoiler-free but the summaries do give some surprises away from book to book!**
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I really enjoyed the writing style of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! The characters were each distinct and interesting, the storyline was immersive, the scenes were vivid and imaginative, and the stakes were high. The vintage photos complemented the story perfectly and made the setting and characters seem that much more real.
Jacob and Emma were likeable main characters, adn the side characters were all well-developed and entertaining as well. I liked Jacob’s sarcastic remarks and his persistence throughout the book.
The fantasy pieces regarding the monsters were creative and rather terrifying to imagine, so I think this makes for a pretty good autumn read.
I think this is a really great first book, we’ll see how the rest 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. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
I’m not used to book picking up at the exact moment the previous book left off at, but I really like that this book does that. It kept the book very much in an active, present tense and drew me right back into the world.
I loved getting drawn in deeper to this world and the thickening plot! I’m glad the author brought the characters even more to life through the high-stakes conflicts and developing relationships. The plot continued to grow into something more twisted and dark than it initially seemed and it was a lot of fun to see this develop.
The storyline was even more fast-paced than it was in book one and the whole book had a great sense of adventure. I have a feeling book three will be even more fast-paced and adventurous!
Library of Souls
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
Library of Souls is by far my favorite installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. It was just so fast-paced, twisty, dark, adventurous, and funny! I loved the character developments, the settings, and the pictures (of course). There were definitely some unexpected turns in the plot that kept me turning page after page.
Map of Days
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.
Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.
Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.
After binge-reading the first three books I’ve decided to take a break before reading Map of Days. I don’t know what it is but I just can’t bring myself to start it. I had renewed it from the library so many times and had it on my nightstand for about a month and a half, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet and just return it. I love the way Library of Souls ended but the summary for Map of Days sounds too interesting to not read on. I’ll update this after I finally read it!
Have you read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series or seen the movie? What did you think of it/them?