Hello fellow word nerds! It is I, Reader With a Plan aka Briana. Sorry that I have been so quiet lately. I really have no reason other than the fact that I didn’t feel inspired to write so I didn’t. I don’t want to force myself to try and write because than you would get a mediocre post and I would hate it. Life is kicking butt and taking names right now so I get easily distracted and sometimes I forget about having a blog. *GASP!* I know. I forget that I have a blog. But to be fair I have about a million and one other things that I can’t forget about or life falls apart and kids run around naked. This has actually happened but it had nothing to do with my ability to do laundry, I think we are just raising nudists. But you guys didn’t come here for excuses- you came here for reviews! So I finally got my act together and have a book to review. Although I cheated and it is an audio book. Really that’s the only way I have managed to get any reading done this past two weeks so whatever right!? So without further ado…
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
-Description on Amazon
I originally bought a hard copy of this book on the recommendation of my brother (he is also a reader!) and thought why not? I tried for a week to get into this book. I really really tried. To be fair I have to be in the mood for certain genres though and it was the end of a term at school so tons of finals going on so sadly this book got pushed off to the side. My brother was shocked and I am pretty sure he almost disowned me for not being able to thoroughly discuss and love this book. Well during the summer my kids started riding with me to work and so we had about a 45 minute drive. We decided to give audio books a shot and made it through the first two Harry Potter books. Well after they went back to school Miss Peregrine’s book popped up as things I might like and I decided to give it a shot! Thank gosh I did because the book was so good! And audio was a good choice because when I go to read Hollow City (the 2nd book) I will know how to pronounce the words! With the audio version I did miss out on the awesome pictures of the peculiar children but since I also own the physical copy it was easy to go home and check out the pictures. Which brings me to the pictures and how awesome they were! The visuals really brought the story to life and gave it that something extra. I also just all around loved the look of the book as a whole. The black pages with white writing were probably my favorite because it was different.The writing itself was great and I think really pulled the reader in. It isn’t just a story about a bunch of kids-its about deciding how to live life. Some of them want more than to be stuck where they are while others want a chance to experience life!
I am super excited to start Hallow City and follow along with my favorite characters. I definitely will be going to see this movie! And there is apparently a graphic novel now too and I have added that to my wish list! I may need more book shelves before 2016 is done!
Definitely read this book! A solid 4 out 5 stars. And the best part? As of 10/7/2016 this book is free for Kindle!! Buy Link
So you can give it a shot before committing to the whole series! Isn’t that awesome! And some books will give you a price break for the audio book on audible if you already own the kindle version 🙂 So if you want to give this awesome book a chance now is the time!!