Monday, May 28, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (review)

3.5/5 stars
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is very atmospheric, intriguing but at times a little to slow.  I love the concept of using found photographs in the book.  However at times I felt like the execution was a little sloppy.  They over-described the photographs to make them relevant to the story.  The author would've been better served to include the photographs and allow the readers to make the connection themselves.

Overall this is a good book.  I love the setting on this tiny island that only has electricity until 10pm.  I can imagine tromping through the bogs, exploring the streets and finding the abandoned house on the other side of the island.  I liked all the "Peculiar" children that were fully fleshed out characters.  A few felt like they were inserted into the story just as an excuse to include the photos.  But the characters like Emma and Millard make up for that.

Despite the creepy storyline and atmosphere somehow this book felt young.  I never bought that the main character was a high school student.  But I did enjoy it and think I'll read the sequel, partially in hopes that the author has discovered a better way to integrate the photos into the story.  For a debut novel it was ambitious and quirky which is something I have to applaud.


Hope Collier said...

I agree with your review completely. I never rated the book because I was so conflicted by wonderful idea vs not-so-favorable execution. Nicely stated here though!

veela-valoom said...

Thanks! I had to think about how to rate it for awhile. Overall I felt like I liked the idea enough to give some leeway.

Anonymous said...

I'm very wary of reading this book. I'm scared it's going to give me nightmares. There was this Horrorfest movie that I had to sell because the cover freaked me out as bad as this one did.

Rebecca of Vicariously!

veela-valoom said...

I really don't consider this book "scary" so I don't think you'd have nightmares.