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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.

– Flipkart

 

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The book starts off very well with Jacob’s clumsy habits & his grandfather’s strange tales. Jacob is a shy guy who for many years has believed the strange stories which his grandpa told him. But as he grows older he understands that none of the stories can possibly be true, for they all do not make much sense. The main story starts with the murder of his grandpa. While dying he whispers a message to Jacob. When Jacob goes investigating he learns the truth behind his grandpa’s tales.

Reading the reviews this book got I had very high expectations from this one. However I did not like it much. The basic idea of ‘peculiars’, people who are similar to humans but have some unique abilities, living in a never ending time loop is nice.  Some peculiars are invisible, some can float, some can ignite fire with their bare hands, some can grow plants, some can even give temporary life, etc. But the idea of hollows who are neither living nor dead is pretty silly. It reminded me of the death eaters…but these were without half their thrill for these hollows needed apprentices to track their prey. The photographs included in the book made me uneasy, especially when I was reading at night but the book did not frighten me in anyway. And I had been under the impression that horror was the theme of this book.

The thing which I disliked the most is how the end is left hanging. I like a complete end to any story. And when this one finished I did check if some pages were missing. 😦

Overall an average book. Borrow it from a library & read it once. A 1/5 from my side. 

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