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I'm a huge coward so the images that coincide with the crafty story are frightening. I dropped the book at least three times. After listening to the audiobook, these graphic images do legitimate justice to the inventive tale.
First, the pictures are fabulous! The story is different from what I was expecting, but very well done! It seemed to have the adventurous spirit of Harry Potter and the sobering darkness of the Twilight Zone. This is a great first effort and I am looking forward to the next book!
I really loved this book and can't wait for the next one to come out in January 2014. You should read this it is great.
favorite book right now can't wait till the next one in jan. And a movie too directed by tim burton!! OMG YES! love the picture that go along with the story. what a creative story.
A teensy bit Rowling’s Harry Potter, a little bit of Grossman’s The Magicians, with a dash of Gabaldon’s Outlander (if she had written for a teen audience), Miss Peregrine is a coming-of-age, family secret, mysterious school story that gives readers wishing to travel in time or live forever something to ruminate on. While Miss Peregrine is written for a teen audience, there is still a lot to engage adults looking for a quick and interesting read.
THIS COMMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!! Ok, here it is. I really liked the beginning of this book, where Jacob's grandfather's background is a mystery and his death ignites this investigation into his past. That was great and the eerie, old photographs really enhance the atmosphere. When Jacob goes back in time and meets the 1940's X-Men, I got a little less happy with the book. It seemed very "Camp Halfblood" to me. The book was suddenly bright and comic-booky and the characters seemed to flatten out dramatically. For example, Emma and Jacob's romance is super forced at the beginning. The whole ecology of wights, hollowghast and ymbrynes would be better off unexplained. Laying it out like that took a lot of the menace out of the situation. Also, making Dr. Golan the *very same wight* that is stalking Jacob around the island? Comes out of nowhere. Badly handled. Still a good book for fans of character-driven, atmospheric fantasy.
I loved this book and I am 29.
Saw it as a best seller and decided to give it a go.
I couldn't put it down...I found it very interesting and the pics associated with it were interesting and creepy.
I can't wait for the next one, that comes out on January 14 2014!
A good read, although the photos really weren't creepy and it was less scary than I thought it would be. This is strictly a teen novel. If not - tween.
The book was apparently written around actual photos the author gleaned from various collections. The photos are fascinating, fun, and odd.
The story itself, though, is a little pedestrian. The "peculiar children" resemble mutants from the X-Men, and indeed, as time passed, the story seemed more and more like that of Charles Xavier and his school for "gifted children," particularly at the end when the young people use their powers on their own to battle evil monsters, and one monster has a personal grudge against the hero.
But still, an interesting read for the summer.
A great read. Not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of a horror read but it was great nonetheless. The pictures added another depth to the book which I really enjoyed. The ending wasn't what I wanted. It gave the impression there may be another book coming. Over all very good book, kept me entertained all the way till the very end.
It's an interesting read, with truly creepy photos, although not as original as I had hoped for. I would classify it more as adventure YA than horror, but it still made for an entertaining quick read.
Really enjoyed reading this book the beginning is boring and cumbersome but once you get into it it's alright. As well the ending is just perfect a must read.
This book was really great but it does creep you out with the photographs. Still, overall it was an interesting, good book.
Wow. Great book. It really got me wanting to read the sequel, which comes out January, 2014.
Fun summer mystery, narrated by a rich boy. Well done characters. The photographs are creepy, but the story woven around them is imaginative. I read the whole book in one late afternoon, wasn't able to put it down.
Great book to read... different than what you would expect. I have to say, this surprised me. I was expecting this to be like The Mysterious Benedict Society, and in ways it was. But it was far different than the expectation.
This book is great. It keeps you at the edge of your seat. Makes you want there to be a sequel.
It is a really interesting book that interested me at first when my librarian at school introduced this book to me and my classmates. After I started reading this, I couldn't put the book down.
Lovely book. It was really interesting and though the photos were slightly creepy, especially of his grandpa with a gun, they were pretty nice to have. Can't wait for Hollow City, which is sadly coming out in 2014 as it was pushed back.
Excellent book. Spectacular story telling. I could not put this book down and the times when I did I found myself wondering what would happen next!
The beginning of this book was incredibly slow and drawn out. The only reason I continued to read this novel is because I have to complete a project over this book. The ending was nice and leads on for a sequel. I would probably not read the sequel(s) but as far as this book goes it was okay. I did like Emma-she was cute and so was the girl that could fly and had to wear lead shoes. The setting was cool, and I enjoyed Jacobs character because he was very sarcastic.
Peculiar is a perfect word for this story. THE SINGLE BEST PART was the creativity of invention. It has real vintage photos through-out. I had forgotten the joy of having pictures in my books. But what is fantastic is that the author gathered these odd old images and then used them as characters in this strange new story. Brilliant! The story whisks us back and forth between todays world and WWII era England. It is a fresh tale about new monsters and new ideas about new kinds of people. If you are up for an odd ride, climb aboard. let your brain ride the zugspitz and allow your perceptions of 'reality' fly away to top shelf for a spell. Know that it really does not complete. I am unsure if it ever will, or if it is an open time portal for book 2. Words that come to mind, ominous, exciting, eerie, spooky, disconcerting, adventuresome, dangerous.
What a cool book. I really liked the concept of taking pictures that one can find in junk stores (you know the really bizarre ones that kinda creep you out) and building a story out of them. I really liked the male protagonist, Jacob, as the narrator. I thought the author got the wealthy white kid voice down without being condescending. Not easy to do. Not surprising to find that the author is a man and a photographer. I also really liked that the photos were all catalogued. The story is a really good mystery and has an ending that leaves you wondering what happens next...