Miss Peregrine #1
Published June 2011 by Quirk
Narrated by Jesse Bernstein | Random House Audio
352 pages | 9:41:00 duration
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Genre: YA Fantasy | Historical/Time Travel
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Hollow City (January 2014)
Source: Purchased Hardcopy | Audio Library
Rating: OK | Audio Liked
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. (Source: Goodreads)
Have you ever seen a photo and thought there must be a story behind it? I am left completely amazed at the ability of RIGGS to take a bunch of odd photos and create a story for them. A story of a bunch of PECULIAR CHILDREN that were long forgotten and dismissed like fairy tales.
It reminded me a bit of Goonies. Jacob was the only one that believed his Grandfather’s stories. Crazy, fanciful stories of life in an island orphanage. But even he starts to doubt them as time goes on. When he faces the bizarre events surrounding his Grandfather’s death, he is renewed and open to the possibilities of their truth. Jacob’s journey to uncover the MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN sucks you through a worm hole of history and fantasy.
JESSE BERNSTEIN did a great job bringing to life all the characters of this fanciful tale. But I wasn’t able to fall in love with its PECULIARness. I think it was expectation. I was looking for a creepy tale and that isn’t what was delivered.
One GOONIE Adventure.