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Publisher: Quirk Books
Page Count: 428
Fiction Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Horror
Dates Read: January 6, 2016
Reading Challenge: 2016 Reading Challenge
Topic: A book set in a different continent
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, 2
Good Reads Summary
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
What did I read? What was this? It seems like the publishers at Quirk were desperate for a series and they told Riggs, "We don't care what you put on the pages, just give us something". I found some mild amusement in the first book in the serious, but found it to be mildly condescending and overly predictable. It's like Riggs found a lot of old photos at a garage sale one day, came home, threw them on his kitchen table and wondered how he could create a story around them. The photos create a nice niche, but don't allow for a firm story. This problem continues, if not, gets worse, in the second book.
My largest problem with this book might be my age. It's very possible that if I were a 13 year old girl, I would love this story. However, in my 20s, I feel like my brain was rotting as I was reading it. It was like one of the brain slugs from Futurama jumped onto my head and took control. I could not relate to any of the characters, and found myself frustrated with their constant temper tantrums and "I know more than anyone else" attitude. Goddamn kids these days. Initially I enjoyed the photos, finding them a nice addition to the story, but eventually they just started to feel cheesy, clumsy, cliched, and out of place.
I'm not sure I could recommend this book to anyone who is past the age of puberty.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 2
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 2
Characters - 3
Enjoyability - 1
Insightfulness - 3
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - 4
Overall Rating - 2 out of 5 stars