I know, I know. ANOTHER review for Peculiar Children. It’s getting ridiculous, but it’s for good reason. Because seriously, you have to read this book. If you have previously been on the fence about it, I am about to convince you to bite the bullet and pick it up.
Jacob grew up hearing a myriad of creepy, paranormal stories from his grandfather. Levitating girls, invisible boys and the like. As a kid, he believed the stories unflinchingly, but as he grew older, he believed his grandfather was feeding him fairy tales and he became a a skeptic. That is, until his grandfather died.
The death left a void for Jacob, and in an attempt to come to terms with it, as well as his grandfather’s life, he travels to the Welsh island where his grandfather spent his adolescence, at a group home that Jacob thought was for refugee children from the war.
So Jacob’s exploring the island. He is hoping to find Miss Peregrine, who is the matron of the home, but when he finally finds the home, it is obviously abandoned. In fact, it was bombed during WWII, just after Jacob’s grandfather left.
So that’s when the weird shit starts to happen. Jacob is able to travel back to September 3,
1940 and all of a sudden, he is in this parallel universe with his grandfather’s peers. And boy are they peculiar!
It’s pretty obvious by my preface that I loved this book. It was so atmospheric, as well as deliciously creepy. The paranormal aspect is not generally something I go for, but I am glad I gave it a chance. Maybe someday I will be head over heels for the genre. I thought it was done at just the right pace, with enough realism in it to keep me interested.
My biggest question once I finished the books was perhaps an unfair one. Would Peculiar Children be as good without the pictures? Do the pictures make the book? My answer is that the pictures add such a cool element to the story that they take an average plot line and turn it into something special. I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much without the pictures, but that’s not to say it’s a bad story. I am just a sucker for pictures.
We’re heading into cooler days (although you wouldn’t know that today. It feels like the middle of summer again!), and what could be better than to curl up with a good book? With Halloween coming up, this one is the perfect choice.
I purchased this book from Barnes & Noble.
This book counts towards RIP VI.