Let's be honest.. I thought the first book should've been a stand alone. When I got to the end of book 1 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
and discovered it was starting to sound like a cliff hanger ending I was bummed. I wasn't sure if I was going to read the second book. But I am glad I did. Here is the goodreads description:
The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.
Look at the cover. Yea... pretty spooky and neat. These photographs that Riggs uses are what drew me to the book series to begin with. Then as I researched where the pictures came from I was even more excited. He found them just at flee markets, and antique stores. I would really love to know though how many are edited. I noticed when you try to look it up he is quoted as saying "some are edited". But I suppose that adds to the fun mystery of the novel.
This story started out slow for me. I was like.. ughh.. the story seemed to be written for the pictures. Like you would read about a house on a bunch of logs.. which was only written to add the picture to the book. Then all of a sudden the plot takes off!! I was totally sucked in by that point. No more writing for the pictures to fit.. then it became a great story. I do think the book kind of had second book syndrome. The entire book is a journey (first book spoilers coming right now) to get Miss Peregrine back to her normal self from the bird). We don't even solve that puzzle till the end of this book. I wanted that plot line moved along a little faster.
I do like seeing the Peculiars abilities becoming stronger in this novel. We even pick up some additional characters though I didn't ever feel like their stories were that strong yet. I think this is a good magical realism book, and maybe even a little horror to it. It's brutal and I love it. I feel like we don't see this enough in YA books. The romance is still bananas to me. Jacob and Emma in love? That was his grandfather's love! NOOOOOOooooooo. It's like Han, Luke and Leia!
One of my favorite parts of the novel is being able to travel from place to place in different times. The 1950s, the present, to even lands where animals can speak and smoke a pipe! This time around I am ready to read book 3. There is an amazing twist in the story at the end and a great cliffhanger.
There is still a movie in the works for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
. Tim Burton is set to direct it! I haven't read the graphic novel
based on the series yet either. I need to do that. It would be interesting to see this story drawn out. Read this book!
Be sure to check out my review for the first book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The crystal ball says:
Clouds are covering! A read that lets me down every now and then but peaks out of the clouds!
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