There’s nothing I can really say that hasn’t already been covered in any other review of this book. In theory, the books sounds great. In practice, it fails. Sometimes that happens when you try something innovative.
The books follows Jacob, who has a Big Fish kind of grandfather. Grandpa tells a lot of tall tales, which as Jacob ages, he starts to disbelieve. After his grandfather’s death, Jacob begins having nightmares and general anxiety issues. He decides to visit the house his grand father stayed in during WWII in Wales, which turns out to be an olde time Xavier Academy for Mutants.
The books is interspersed with slightly creepy old fashioned photos, several of which use trick photography, like the Cottingley fairies. It is kind of a novel idea to take a bunch of old photos and construct a story around them. However, like I said, it doesn’t work so well in practice. Several photos were a stretch for the author to include them in the story. Some of the photos we’re lead to believe are of Miss Peregrine’s students. However, when Jacob locates the mutant school, those particular students are never introduced. I REALLY wanted to know what the deal was with those two creepy twins in the weird masks and I was left disappointed.
The story really does suffer from many plot holes and unresolved mysteries. It had a lot of potential. The author would’ve been well-advised to let this story ferment a bit. Maybe set it on a shelf for a few months and read it with a more critical eye. As the book ends on a cliffhanger, I can only hope the next one has better writing.