Oh. Oh, this book *_* I absolutely adored it! From beginning to end, everything about this book just had me.
First of all, I have to stress how AMAZINGOh. Oh, this book *_* I absolutely adored it! From beginning to end, everything about this book just had me.
First of all, I have to stress how AMAZING the atmosphere is throughout the story, I mean, the creepiness, it's there, but at the same time it's subtle, the kind that's slipping just under your skin and stays with you, just tense with it you know? God, I loved it.
The main character, Jacob! Oh <3 so believable as a teenager, as a grieving teenager, and his need for answers completely understandable. And also, from the beginning, it always felt like he was set apart and on his own because no one believed him. I loved how we found everything out, slowly, the story taking it's time unravelling, but the pace was not the type where you get bored, there was plenty to keep you interested. The new setting for example, the new people he meets and the house.
Can I just say that the house made a MAJOR impression on me? God, I could practically feel the hair standing on my arms as Jacob went inside and like him, I was just waiting for something to jump out. Like I said, the atmosphere was just epic.
The story itself, god I love so much of it but I can't say much without giving everything away but the characters were intriguing, and all vulnerable in their own way. It deals with what it means to be different, and that as always, being different isn't always such a good thing when people fear something that they can't understand. Apart from the big themes of the book, the elements of fantasy and the history in the book, it's got a sad touch and you can't help but feel for the adults in Jacob's life (though not his mother, I really didn't care about her at all, but I don't think I was meant to either), and the children he meets. His relationship with his grandfather was such a lovely yet tragic thing at the same time, and the relationship between his grandfather and his own dad was just plain heart breaking, again, a case of people not knowing how to bridge distances and differences.
My favourite character, aside from the main character, was actually Millard! But I'll let you read to figure out for yourself, but I absolutely loved him!
The romance was definitely not the central thing in the book but it was well handled and sweet if a little peculiar (see what I did there? Huh, huh?) And it felt very much like a teenage romance too which I felt was lovely, it's something that I think I do miss from current YA novels and here it was done so well.
Miss Peregrine herself, yes, absolutely loved her character too and just, the rules that made up this world and the secrets and the magic of it, I really can't say enough about it except that this is so, so my type of book, addressing fantasy elements that have always interested me but again, which I can't go into without spoiling so!
READ IT! You must *_* I love it. My only complaint is that I got to the end and I didn't want it to stop there.
Also, the thing that must be mentioned, are the excellent vintage pictures that make their appearance throughout the book. I felt the mixed media added just the right touch to the feel of the story. They were fascinating and odd and weird and completely appropriate, so in sync with Jacob's narrative.