Jacob Portman grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories about growing up in a children’s home in Cairnholm, a Welsh island where all the children have peculiarities and their head mistress, Miss Peregrine turns into a bird. As Jacob gets older he begins to doubt the stories until one night he finds his grandfather near death who tells him to “go to the loop and find the bird” and then he dies. Jacob and his father make the trip so that Jake can see the orphanage and his father can takes pictures of birds for his book. When he finally gets to the house and meets the Peculiar children, he realizes that his grandfather was in fact telling the truth.
First off, I loved the characters. Miss Peregrine is a Ymbryne and can turn into a Peregrine Falcon as well as manipulate time, which allows the children to live in the time loop, Jacob is the only one who can see Hollowgasts, which are creatures that hunt and kill peculiars, Emma can make fire with her hands, Millard is an invisible boy, Bronwyn has superhuman strength, Claire has a mouth on the back of her head, Enoch can use the hearts of other creatures to restore life for a time, Olive can levitate, Fiona can make plants grow or die, Hugh has bees that live in his stomach and Horace has dreams of the future. This is such a diverse set of characters and I’ve always loved reading books where characters have special abilities.
I thought the whole story was so original and unlike anything that I have ever read before. The fact that Ransom Riggs wrote the book around the photos that he collected is just incredible and I’m looking forward to reading more by him.
I loved all the pictures that were used throughout the book. Some of them were really creepy and they just added a little something extra to the reading experience.
I enjoyed the action as well. Once Jacob gets to Miss Peregrine’s and starts to interact with the Peculiars things progress from there and more and more stuff happens. I liked that there is a bit of suspense along the way. You never really know what is going to happen until it does.
I loved seeing the bond that the children had with each other. They were family and looked after one another. For the most part, they also accepted Jacob as if he was part of the family as well.
I gave this book 5 stars and can’t wait to continue on with the series.
I’m going to stop here before I give too much away but be sure to look out for my review of Hollow City, book two coming up soon.