Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children mixes text with found photographs to tell the story of Jacob. Jacob’s grandfather used to tell him stories about his adventures with super powered children. Jacob, now sixteen no longer believes his grandfather. But after witnessing his grandfather’s death at the hands of a monster, Jacob takes it upon himself to try and discover the truth.
Peregrine has an interesting premise and manages to make the inclusion of the photography work. The photos added an interesting depth to the story specifically when it comes to defining reality. The photographs are clearly faked, using tricks to make them seem more surreal/magical (this was a trend during the time that these photos were taken) and Jacob points this out. yet when he finally meets the children they tell him how sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight. The more you try to convince someone that something is real the less they’re going to believe you.
This book is not without it’s faults. The pacing is a little bit off and the novel just ends (the sequel does pick up exactly where this novel ends). But it is an enjoyable quick read.
So if you’re looking for something with an awesome atmosphere then I suggest you check this one out!