Name of the book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
My rating: ✰✰✰✰✰
The book's theme song:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perry (cover by Megan & Liz and Paradise Fears)
16-years-old Jacob's grandfather used to tell him stories when he was younger - stories about the orphanage he lived in during world war II.
He said that in this orphanage live unusual children - an invisible boy, a girl who can fly, twins who can lift huge rocks...
When Jacob grew up, he started doubting the stories. He began to believe that these stories are just fairy-tales for young children.
But when his grandfather is murdered by a mysterious monster that is visible only to Jacob, and tells him that "the monsters are back", Jacob has the feeling that something really bad is going on.
He goes on a trip to the island of the orphanage in order to find some sensible answers, but what he finds there is beyond belief.
Now, after *finally* reading this book, I can understand what all the hype is about.
I'll start with the plot - the plot was very unique. It happens in our world, in which supernatural powers are hiding. The plot was fast paced the way I like. Some parts were highly creepy, which I like too - I love horror books very much.
The book also mentioned world war II and the holocaust. Parts of the book happened in this time period, which was very interesting to read about.
This book was also romantic and discussed the question: how can love survive when the two lovers live in a different time era? That's why I selected "A Thousand Years" as the book's theme song.
I also liked the writing a lot. It was an intelligent writing - filled with emotions and humanity.
The book contains a lot of small details. While reading them, they seemed unnecessary, but as I kept reading, I found out that the were all little clues to later twists.
The story in the book is told from a male point of view. Usually, this is a huge draw back for me - I find it hard to connect to books with a male main character. I figured that in most books with a male MC, the MC is insensitive and, in many cases, a little dumb.
But in this book, the male main character, Jacob, really surprised me with his sensitivity, cleverness and intuitions.
It was really great to read the story from a smart male perspective.
Bottom line: This is a unique book, and it seems like a lot of efforts were invested into writing it.
Recommended to: Historical fiction and fantasy lovers.