I’m sure many of you have heard the devastating news concerning the rights of black people in the United States. It’s also affecting me as well. As a blasian, I’ve had some experience with racism, but it still pains me when I hear incidents that sounds like they’re permanently trapped in the 1950s.
Times like this, we really need prayer and love for those around us. Yes, love. Without acting in your heart from love, no message will reach others.
On a brighter note, I have another “My Thoughts” review on a book I read. I actually first tried reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a couple of years back, but stopped reading it halfway. This time, I went through it, so that’s one thing I’m happy about.
And without further ado, these are my thoughts on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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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.
Prologue: I actually find this more interesting than I’d recalled. And on re-reading it, I remember that I liked the start of this story. We’ll see where it goes.
C1: Okay, this is not as terrible as I found it. I love the Grandpa, the MC and things are pretty foreboding already. Plus, I appreciate the high level of writing.
I sort of remember this part! Things pick up the speed, I like Ricky, the best friend, enough, there’s intrigue and a sense of dawning danger…
C2: I feel for Jacob so much. Now I really don’t know why I stopped reading this book…And the letter! (I love Emerson, btw.) I also like the “shrink”. He’s much better than the most.
C3: This is so fun! Cairnholm is so medieval it’s not even old-fashioned. It’s really funny what Jacob is expecting because it’s not going to happen like that. Seriously. Every time you expect one thing to happen, the exact opposite occurs.
C4: Aww. Some Father and son time, finally. But then there’s the grandfather. Gosh, this is disturbing. I still sort of remember this place…I like Jacob. I am so mystified as to why I stopped reading this book.
C5: Gahh, the photos! I think that’s the creepiest part of this book. Maybe that’s why I didn’t finish it? The cairns are so creepy. Oh, wait, now I know why I didn’t finish it. It’s the dreaded time-travel trope! Plus the loop. Okay, but I’m still reading this.
C6: Emma is kind of annoying, but we’ll see where it goes. We finally meet her. I really shouldn’t have stopped because of a pet peeve…There’s so many technical terms, I don’t know whether to be happy or upset. I love Miss Peregrine already. And Dr Golan is quite sensible.
C7: The peculiar children are quite interesting. I guess as a young old soul, I sort of feel empathy 🙂 Okay, I must say I didn’t see that coming. Plus, I do not like insta-love. But then again, it makes a little sense with Jake being Abe’s grandson…still sort of weird for me.
C8: Ooh, this is like Neverland, except it’s somewhat civilized and run by a proper headmistress who actually cares about the children. Oh, so it’s not insta-love. It’s longer than that, more like a lifetime, which is more sadder. And the ominous signs… Starting to get worried. That guy is more than an ornithologist.
C9: I knew it, but the monsters are real! And Jake is also peculiar. (No surprise there, he just didn’t notice it.) so they’re called hollowgast and wights. So creepy. Jake’s dad is getting a bit better, I think.
C10: Nevermind, Jake’s Father is not well. Nor is Jake. It is a big decision to make. But I liked Martin!! Now I’m getting Percy Jackson vibes. But more morbid. There’s also something magical about lighthouses. Very nice places.
C11: Everything literally comes crashing down. That’s all I’ll say. Things turn out quite unexpectedly.
- First of all, I am so glad I decided to give this book a second chance. I understand why this book either gets a really good rating or something terrible (and might make you hesitate). I have to say, you will either love it or hate it. It’s that kind of book. But if you do give it a try, and if you are a fan of books like Percy Jackson, you might find you’ll like it.
- I loathe time travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s a loop or something grand like that. It just is a fact. But once I got over my intense reaction towards time travel in the book, I found that the other elements of the book is much more well-crafted and offers so much room for a new world to peek through.
- Can we stop a moment and talk about the grandfather? I liked the MC, Jake, well enough, but one of the biggest reasons I didn’t quit reading was because of him. Abe is crafted so well, and what he goes through against the backdrop of WWII (as a Jewish refugee child) is so astoundingly terrible and beautiful. Even if I found the rest of the cast rather annoying and weird (as advertised), for him alone, you should give this book a read. Plus, I like old-fashionedness with lots of oddities.
What did you think? Are you interested in peculiar old-fashioned time warps and orphanages like Miss Peregrine’s Home? Do weird photographs invoke a sense of curiosity mixed with terror? Let me know what you think in the comments below! (And shoot me any questions you may have for my blogiversary)!