|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 352
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Mystery, Horror
Dates Read: July 27-August 13, 2015
Young Jacob watches as his grandfather is brutally murdered by some dark, mysterious beasts. Nobody believes him and thinks this was something he created to help cope with his grandfather's death. While going through his grandfather's things, Jacob finds snippets of his grandfather's youth, including letters from a Miss Peregrine. With the help of his psychiatrist, Jacob convinces his parents that going to England and visiting the island that his grandfather briefly lived on after his family was murdered during WWII would be therapeutic for him, so off he and his father go on an adventure that is sure to change Jacob's life.
I tend to judge and pick books based on their covers. I can't lie about it, I've always done it, and I'm sure I always will. Sometimes I find great stories waiting in time, and sometimes I find duds. Miss Peregrine is one of those books that I picked because of the cover, and was even more enticed by the old pictures inside. I still don't know if I found a winner or a dud though. It honestly was not as great as I was hoping for, but it was still good. I loved that Riggs built his story around a bunch of old photos. Though they don't do a whole lot to further the story but they added to the background.
Overall, the writing is strong, but the story felt like it was lacking a bit. The characters are not very deeply developed, but I think that is something that could come about during the second book. While I am not in love with MPHFPC, I plan on reading Hollow City, and possibly Library of Souls.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 7
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 4
Characters - 4
Enjoyability - 5
Insightfulness - 4
Ease of Reading - 5
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 3 out of 5 stars