Note: This is a spoiler free review!
This is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children series. If you haven’t checked out my review of the first novel, (or read it), you should do that.
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
I enjoyed the first one, if disappointed, I’m not sure why. I think I was just surprised by the direction it took.
But! I was really looking forward to reading the next one. Pretty sure I moaned about wanting to in the last few weekly posts. I felt like everything was really going to to kick off in this one.
I’m really in love with Ransom Rigg’s style of writing. It’s just so clean and well written. The description is brilliant, not too long, just little dashes as the action moves along.
The dialogue is brilliant too. And, often with first person, I feel too constricted by the MC, but it doesn’t feel this way in this book.
The plot is solid. There are no lulls. And each arc is answered nicely. I’m enjoying the story, my disappointment of the first book’s direction long forgotten.
And that ending! Let me tell you, I am glad I have the next book on my shelf or I would be screeching with desperation to know what happens next! I’m so invested in what’s going to happen.
First things first, I want to mention how much I love that every character is as important as the other. I’ve read a lot of books in recent times that are soooo main character centric, (The maze runner).
Onto the actual characters. I think…I’m about to go all mushy and squee about how much I love them. The character’s just eeks into first place about being my favourite thing about this book. (The second being the writing itself.)
Every character is well rounded and reacts differently to each situation. I really enjoy each one of them. Their personal stories are so interesting. My favourite is Enoch and, after that, Hugh.
It was thoroughly enjoying. It’s definitely earned a place on my bookshelf. I just love the solidness to it through the writing, the characters and the plot. And, whereas when reading the first book, I wasn’t sure I liked the inclusion of photographs, I actually really love them now.
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? Yes
Would I read this Author again? Yes