First off, let me say that this is NOT a book I would usually read, so the fact that it sucked me right in is saying a lot. I prefer dystopian with a side of romance. But THIS. This book drew me in.
I had no interest in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, until I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I LOVED Shatter Me so much that I stalked her on the internet, found out she was married to Ransom Riggs, and then I bought his book. (Proof that partners can totally use each other to cross promote. ;P)
It took me a while to pick up the book, because I honestly don’t like creepy things, and this book looked creepy. But the picture on the front kept drawing me in. (Proof that covers DO sell books.) Then I flipped through all the other photos, and then started reading.
The book is really interesting and not that creepy at all (apart from the beginning). It starts out with a boy, Jacob, who isn’t exactly content with his life. There are some parts in the beginning where I chuckled (the grocery store), and others where I felt his ache for something more. Every chapter left me hungry for more, and I loved every scene with Grandpa Portman. Then, once Jacob upped and left, I could not put the book down. The mystery of the children kept me at the edge of my seat. The author also did a good job making me feel the character’s pain. I think I *might* have shed a tear when Jacob was lying on Grandpa Portman’s bed in the old home, thinking about his Grandpa. And when he first hears Emma’s voice calling out in the old home, just… All. The. Feels. (Even though I didn’t know it was her.) I seriously got really attached to all the characters. Millard was my favorite! ❤
Five stars. Whether or not you like this kind of book, give it a chance. You won’t be able to stop reading.