Thursday, 27 March 2014

Reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Oh no. I'm coming at you with another young adult's book.

Jacob grows up with an eccentric grandfather who entertains him with quirky - and sometimes creepy - stories about his time in Wales with his peculiar friends during WWII. As Jacob grows up and finds out about his grandfather's tragic background as the only survivor in a Jewish family it doesn't seem so strange that these horror manifests themselves as amazing stories. However when Jacob's grandfather unexpectedly die in a horrible accident, "mauled by wild dogs", Jacob realises that he needs to know the truth about his grandfather. And so he travels to Wales, to the island where his grandfather lived with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children.

And I absolutely loved it. Sometimes I just need to take a step back from being an adult - and instead immerse myself in a story about someone who is just about to take that first step towards adulthood. Maybe it's because I'm secretly not 23 going on 24. Also, who doesn't love a good, dark fantasy story? This book may not be the most well-written but it's different. The plot takes so many different twists and turns and I just couldn't put this book down. Jacob was a funny and likable narrator. Plus it gets a major bonus for the wonderful and quirky photographs scattered throughout the book. I had bought the second book before finishing the first, just to avoid having to possibly wait before I could start on the next one. That's definitely a good sign.

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