As you all know, next month this movie comes out! The previews make it look like it'll be the next big thing, so I wanted to make sure I finished the complete series, before seeing it at the show. I always want the book before the movie, you know? So here it is, in a nutshell, what I thought of all three books, by Ransom Riggs. Let's see if you agree...
So let's begin with book number one, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I have to admit, when I purchased the books, I didn't expect to have so much fun. From mysterious photos to the hilarious thoughts of Jacob Portman, I really found myself caught in this book!
Jacob was relatable and he thought like an average 16-year old. I just wish I could have convinced my parents to get me to Wales the way he got his to transport him! Well, he had to have a bit of help, but the end result was the same. Then to wind up on an adventures, such as the one in the first book- wow! The author really put his time into it.
This read was also a read-a-long; I listened as I read and then just listened when exercising. The narrator (Jesse Bernstein) was pretty good. The pitch of his voice and the brogue- perfection. Whether you listen or read this book, I think you'll enjoy the emotion, adventure and the leap into a great series!
The second book, Hollow City is amazing! I'm going to tell you now- my favorite character, outside of the Peculiars, was Addison MacHenry- a talking dog. The part where Jacob tried to scratch him behind the ears just for Addison to raise onto his hind legs and shout, "Do you mind? Keep your hands at bay, sir!" I laughed and rewound it to listen again! The accent, then imagining a dog doing and saying it all cracked me up!
So in Hollow City, narrated by Kirby Heyborne, picks up where book one left off, except they're being chased by the evil Mr. White and his henchmen. The Peculiars, or the Syndrigasti, have to get Miss Peregrine to London to see a "specialist" for her condition. I can't tell what the condition is now. That would be revealing a SPOILER! What I can tell you is they separate myth from folklore in this one. They also learn a great deal about themselves.
Book two went deeper into Jacob as well as the Peculiars. Book two of the series was Totally Awesome! I loved everything about it and flew through the pages- mostly because I have to walk a lot from my pinched nerve! I listened to it more than read, but OMGoodness was it good! Jacob has matured and quickly- and he's developed a peculiarity that drowns out his ability to detect Hollows. The ending would have frustrated me (in a positive way) had I not had the third book to dive right in to! It's so good- I loved it!
And lastly, Library of Souls brought our favorite Peculiars to an island. Their friends need rescuing and the only way is to step into another Loop. An very dangerous one where a giant of a man, named Sharon, escorted them like a Ferryman. But with skin and stuff. Anyway, Jacob realizes there's more at stake than just getting their friend s back. And Miss Peregrin's got a huge family issue to settle. One that will end with lives lost.
The story was amazing and not just because I love accents and adventure across the pond! I found myself caught up in the story and didn't want it to end. I also saw the conclusion with his parents a mile away! The thing is, Jacob did his best to do what he thought was right in the end. He grew up a great deal, but he managed to stay the same. He was still that kid that loved the idea of doing things and having purpose, but was still content to be the teenager he was. This series was great and all three books deserved five to me! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*My Best Friend's Exorcism is next.
**Book series is from my own library.
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