In my book club, February’s book is Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It is the first book in a trilogy and it got off to a great start. It’s an odd combination of horror, historical fiction, and magical realism. Though odd, it turned out to be an excellent combination.
Jacob is an ordinary boy from Florida who has grown up listening to extraordinary tales of his grandpa’s childhood. A levitating girl, an invisible boy, and a human bee hive; all living in a beautiful, sun-lit house. Jacob assumes that these tales were just stories until tragedy strikes his family and he journeys to his grandpa’s old home to discover the truth.
I really enjoyed the story line of this novel. It was fast-paced, exciting, and surprising. I quickly became invested in the story and its characters. The writing was stunning and really brought the different settings to life. I also loved the historical aspects of the story, it really added extra layers and dimensions to the tale.
The novel is based around a collection of old photographs that appear frequently throughout the story. Unfortunately, instead of adding to the reading experience, I felt that they detracted from it. The photographs removed the chance to imagine everything for yourself and interrupted the flow of the story. When images of characters that had already been described were featured it shattered my mental image of them.
Overall, I enjoyed the story an will definitely be carrying on with series. I gave it 3/5 stars.