Jacob grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about the strange and peculiar children he knew in his childhood. His grandfather even had pictures that he’d shown Jacob to prove his stories were true. But as Jacob got older he became suspicious that they were nothing but fairy tales his grandfather had made up.
Unfortunately, Jacob loses his grandfather and in order to better understand him he attempts to get his father to take him to visit the remote island off the coast of Wales to see the places of his grandfather’s childhood. When Jacob goes exploring there he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and finds that all of his grandfather’s tales have been true.
I have seen so many reviews for this book that I finally decided to give it a try myself. For the most part I really enjoyed the story and the creativity with the whole peculiar world Jacob discovers. It did take a while to really get going but once getting into the heart of the story it’s a fun read.
I’m not sure I ever really took to the idea of Emma and Jacob though. Sure, they interact fine in the story and Emma by all accounts seems to be a young girl Jacob’s age but I just kept thinking to myself but she knew his grandfather… that’s just weird. But then again the whole read is a bit weird so I suppose it works.
Overall, I think for this first book I’d give it about 3.5 stars. Interesting story and characters where I enjoyed the idea of the time jumping and Jacob discovering he’s a part of something more.