~Please note this review will contain spoilers so if you haven't read the book, please step away from the blog until you have finished reading~
“It was as if just being here had so kind of narcotic effect on me; like the loop itself was a drug- a mood enhancer and a sedative combined- and if I stayed too long, I’d never want to leave.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I feel like my whole adult life has been spent search for this exact thing: a combination mood enhancer and sedative. Send me to the loop! Just kidding, I’m not totally down to battle soulless, terrifying monsters but I definitely see the appeal, as did young Jacob. Now, I assume if you are reading this, you have read this book yourself. If not, PLEASE head my earlier warning, this will contain spoilers.
I’d like to share some thoughts I had while reading:
- Damn, good old Abe sounds awesome and quirky I would love to have him as my grandpa.
- Poor Jacob, high school sucks and I’m really glad I’ve been able to repress all the bad stuff.
- WHO IS THE CREEPER WATERING HIS LAWN, WHY AM I CRYING JUST PICTURING HIM.
- Okay why does this author hate Jacob no one should have to see their dead grandpa like this I am very upset.
- It’s a monster.
- Damn if Jacob were my kid I’d send him to a therapist too.
- But I’d never let him go to some weird island in England to research his Grandpa’s old tales.
- For an emotionally traumatized kid, Jacob is pretty brave to explore this haunted place all on his own.
- Oh sure, the loop, the bog, Jacob very casually accepts all this.
- What’s Jacob’s peculiarity, I know it’s going to be awful look at his life thus far.
- AM I THE ONLY WEIRDED OUT ABOUT A YOUNG MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOVE OF HIS GRANDFATHER’S LIFE.
- I TOLD HIS POWER WAS GOING TO BE AWFUL. HE LITERALLY SEES MONSTERS THAT IS SO MEAN RANSOM RIGGS.
- Okay, fuck you Dr. Golan. Fuck you.
- Now I’m emotional, are these bird humans going to survive.
- DAMN THESE TEEN KIDS ARE SERIOUSLY BADASS.
- I could barely operate a motor vehicle at that age and they’re defending themsleves and trying to save bird humans for weird soulless human hybrid thingys.
- Damnit. We ended on a cliffhanger.
Overall, I thought this was a cool read. Am I dying to get my hands on the second book in the series? Not so much. However, this book definitely hooked me right off the bat. I really enjoy books that explore an alternate universe because I love to imagine crazy stuff like that actually exists, I just happen to know nothing about it. Wait- is that also terrifying to imagine??? Anyway, solid book and I’m so happy my friend who loaned me her copy explicitly told me not to watch the movie trailer until after I finished, because WOW, did they get that wrong. I’ll probably still see it though because Tim Burton.