By: Books on Tape
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 makes for a thrilling listening 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.
– Excerpt from Goodreads
After Jacob’s grandfather is brutally murdered in front of him, he becomes extremely depressed and is forced, by his parents, to see a psychiatrist. The therapist eventually convinces Jacob’s parents to allow the boy to travel to an island where his grandfather had constantly spoken of in his stories, that everybody believed were just fiction, took place for closure and recovery.
From then on we follow Jacob as he finds an abandoned home which once was the residence of Miss Peregrine, the children, and his grandfather, until tragedy struck. The residence was avoided by the villagers of the island, therefore very few, if any, knew of the second world and its inhabitants that also lived on the island. Readers will follow Jacob as he follows a group of apparitions through the “loop” and into another world, forcing himself to make a decision by the end on to whether he will stay with the children or go back to his other life.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was an interesting read. I enjoyed it immensely and thought it very strange yet intriguing by the idea of children who float, can create balls of fire from her hands, or is invisible, and all live in a world that is constantly reset the day before a dreadful bomb wiped out their existence in the “real” world. Although a good read, definitely not one of my favorite books, but would recommend if you’re looking to read something on a long journey as the details and strange names of monsters will keep your interest long enough.