Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
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.
This novel felt a little slow starting out and for the first few chapters I feared the novel would turn out to be one of many middle books to be mediocre at best, simply placing fluff between the first and third books. This fear was quickly removed as the children jump in and out of loops, facing down danger and risking everything in order to save Miss Peregrine. There were plot twists and surprises aplenty and I had trouble putting the book down. The only thing I can say I really dislike about this novel is that it ends in a cliff-hanger.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 5 bookworms.
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