Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children MOBI ½

Alternate Cover edition for ISBN 9781594744761A mysterious island An abandoned orphanage A strange collection of very curious photographs It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience As our story opens a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways it becomes clear that the children were than just peculiar They may have been dangerous They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive A spine tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults teens and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows


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    Hi I'm tired of defending myself for what I wrote on this stupid book So I thought I would do a favor to all you super fans out there that want to read a negative review of their favorite book WHY??? and just hide it with spoiler tags So now if Goodreads hasn't goofed you can just see this review and move on Focus on reading books that you like instead of hunting down negative reviews for your favorite book Or writing a review why you liked this book You know the reason we are all on Goodreads in the first placeview spoilerWho hasn't seen this creepy book lurking proudly in the New Releases section? It practically SCREAMS Halloween a nice delightful scare that makes you lock your doors tighter leave on the nightlight and snuggle deeply under your coversOnlyit doesn'tSure the girl looks REALLY creepy on the cover and many of the back images are enough to give you the eebie jeebies but NOTHING that remotely scary EVER occurs within these pages Okay maybe the very first scene where Jacob sees the Thing for the first time can count But I am not the most stalwart of persons I turn away at blood and gore in movies my stomach churns when I read about gobbets of flesh and I was scared of the Stay Puff Marshmallow guy until about two years ago So when I say that I had no troubles reading this at 1130 at night and then going to sleep peacefully you know this isn't that scaryAnd that is only one of the many failures of this potentially awesome book This book promises to do something rarely seen in fiction combine pictures with a story But there it fails yet again The pictures are awkwardly inserted into the story usually surrounded by text along the lines of And X showed Y a picture of a girl PICTURE HERE Not what I would call the most seamless of storytellingAnd let's talk about characters or what passes for characters in this book starting with Jacob I really need to get this off my back so please excuse me hereWhat a selfish whiny obnoxious pretentious arrogant little %wad From the first chapter where he is trying to get his sorry ss fired I hated him oddly enough in the Prologue I actually liked him We have 14 million Americans without jobs these are men and women with families who would take ANY job they could get their hands on just to put food on the table and here this white upper class straight male joker misbehaves at work treating his boss with disrespect and gets away with it because his uncles own the store This doesn't even touch on the millions of non Americans who are unemployed and destitute living in squalor starving watching their children die unable to move from their station because brats like Jacob are taking the jobs they could have had Other than he doesn't want to be in the family business why does he act this way? I have no clue I would think the supposedly smart Jacob would realize that this behavior isn't the most mature way of handling the situation and would I dunno maybe talk with his parents or uncles about the job situation if he didn't like it but apparently Jacob is merely smart in the way that most authors make their characters smart ie a sentence saying X is smartJacob is hardly relatable his parents are obscenely wealthy how convenient making it easy for Jacob to go to Wales Jacob is constantly acting like a diva complaining about all the wealth he has must be nice while reveling in what it can get him access to He drops words like Sisyphean but never comes across like the type of kid who would do that such as Anne ShirleyBut poor Jacob he doesn't have any friends Well maybe it's because his abrasive self righteous privileged personality chases them awayBut poor Jacob his mommy and daddy don't listen to every word he says and believe him Well maybe it's because a traumatic incident happened and they are dealing with their own grief Or maybe it's because they are too busy at work trying to make enough money to send our resident brat to WalesSo what could have been a strong character like Quentin from John Green's Paper Towns comes off like a 5 year old who hasn't realized that the world doesn't revolve around himOther characters are so flat it's pathetic The parents are cold and impersonal all the better for Jacob to run away to his fantasy friends which by the way I predicted would happen at about the 130 page mark Every one of the peculiar children has only one note to play and has no background nothing to make them remarkable beyond the one ability that Riggs has given them that may or may not have anything to do with the picture such as the girl with the mouth in the back of her head what was up with that??? They are introduced sloppily awkwardly tying into their picture And thinking about these children isn't it odd that they look and act like children? Shouldn't we see something along the lines of Kirsten Dunst's character in the movie Interview with a Vampire an adult stuck in a child's body? In fact why are these children able to experience the passage of time at all but the town around them recreates the same day over and over again? If it was explained in the book I didn't catch itAbout the only one that does stand out is Emma because she is Designated Love InterestTM Which is disgusting as 70 years ago she was canoodling Jacob's grandfather God why does every young adult novel nowadays require a romance? I was really hoping with this book that we wouldn't have a romance and based on the write up I assumed it would avoid this all too common YA trope But no we have to have a romantic couple in here because we have to do something to draw in the preteen and teen Twilight crowd I mean it's not like there are girls out there who like Star Wars Star Trek Lord of the Rings and stuff for than just the sexy times I guess if A Jacob had been likeable B Emma had been likeable and not been his grandfather's age and C the romance had been well done and not rushed I would have liked it but alas it was D none of the aboveAnd what is it with all these guys being attracted to ice cold women pointing knives into their bellies? Do I need to read Freud or something?So for storybursts into gales of laughterOh sorry about that wipes tears from eyes Yeah story Well the beginning was pretty interesting with Jacob discovering his grandfather's past But after finding Miss Peregrine's Home it just disappears into Sexy Times with Teenaged Looking 80 Year Olds until the author realized he could include another plot and extend the book another 100 pages And then as if this book didn't pss me off enough the book ends on basically a cliffhanger prepping for a sequel A SEQUEL This book didn't deserve a full novel much less a SEQUELAnd let me get yet another pet peeve out of the way World War II is the focal point of this book? Really? Jacob is 16 his grandfather was a teenager in WWII? Sure it's possible but come on It's also just as likely that Jacob 16 in 2011 assuming that the book is set during that time because there is zero indication otherwise could have had a grandfather born in the 40's and 50's I mean I'm in my 30's and my grandparents were mostly born in the 20's and 30's one grandfather had to lie about his age to join the Navy and my grandmothers were way too youngBut let's ignore this red herring Thank you Captain Obvious for pointing out the math and get to the real meat what is our obsession with WWII? If something bad happens drag in the Nazis? When you need a quick easy lazy villain let's pull up the epitome of evil in the 20th century without a spec of in depth study or nuance? Nazis don't have to have any character motivation or background nope all Nazis are EVUL EVUL BAD BAD people so they make PERFECT villains for lazy writers I dare an author particularly a young adult author to make a character a veteran or survivor of a different war say Vietnam Or maybe Bosnia or Iraq Wait they don't want to write about the highly controversial Vietnam War? Gulf War? No to Bosnia Kosovo Afghan and Iraq too? I wonder why? Oh yes because the moment we say that Jacob's grandfather is a survivor of Vietnam we have to address the fact that America barged in on a war in the name of defeating communism than helping out the people living there For any war besides WWII we have to address the elephant in the room how there really AREN'T any bad guys and how GASP the US MAY actually look like evil overlords And we canNOT have any Young Adult book DARE trample on the GREAT US of AI am guessing the ONLY REASON this book is doing well is John Green's bold endorsement on the back A tense moving and wondrously strange first novel The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story Besides the fact that for the first 50 horrible pages in which the book tries and fails to be the next John Green novel this book is about as far from tense moving and wondrously strange as it could get As for the photographs and text working together no way not at allThe sad thing is the Prologue was absolutely amazing It DID have that creepy portent that the cover promised It DID have an interesting character the grandfather and Jacob who hadn't jumped head first off the Likeable Cliff yet But all that was wasted in what seemed to be a lack of plot a horrible protagonist whom I wanted to smack some sense into and trying too hard to be quirky and funny like a contemporary John Green novel Very disappointing and not recommended I will NOT be checking out any sequels in this seriesUPDATE Four years after reading this book and writing this review I've had way too many comments questioning my character in regards to this stupid book So instead of answering every comment I'll be deleting and banning a lot of people You're welcome I've spent this section plus many pages of comments on this review explaining the various points of my opinion so I would recommend reading them before pointing out something I missed Some people have commented that's way too much time I also think any time spent watching football either American or otherwise is too much but I certainly don't tell my aunt a big 49ers fan that The world is full of diverse people with diverse opinions I have never gone onto a positive review to argue the other person's intelligence or mental capacity in liking this stupid book and I don't understand why it's OK to argue with my negative opinion to come onto my review on a book and insult me This is not two people sharing a different opinion This is insulting a person over her own opinions she vocalized on a site dedicated to reader reviews It is bullying and I don't have to put up with itA review is my opinion an opinion can neither be right or wrongThis is my space I am allowed to say what I want here as long as it doesn't violate Goodreads codeYou have your own space If you want to talk about how awesome Miss Peregrine is instead of wasting time here not changing my mind and in fact causing me to hate this book even than I used to dislike it why don't you take to your space and say what you want?And if you are really worried about people reading why don't you let potential readers look at the evidence of various reviews and choose for themselves? I prefer someone to think critically and decide whether one person's flaws are another person's flaws than to force my opinions on someone hide spoiler