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Hardcover  » Miss Peregrine PDF/EPUB í O insula misterioasa Un orfelinat abandonat O stranie colectie de fotografiiO tragedie il arunca pe tanarul Jacob, in varsta de doar saisprezece ani, pe o insula izolata Aici descopera ruinele caminului pentru copii deosebiti al domnisoarei Peregrine Pe masura ce Jacob inainteaza pe holurile si prin dormitoarele parasite, isi da seama ca cei care s au adapostit candva acolo au fost mai mult decat deosebiti Poate ca nu intamplator au fost trimisi intr un loc uitat de lume Si, oricat de bizar ar suna, ar putea fi inca in viata Un roman fascinant, ilustrat cu fotografii tulburatoare, care i va incanta pe adulti, pe tineri si pe toti cei care vor sa se bucure de o aventura in lumea umbrelor This book started with a bang It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there Once the mystery around the house was explained which was fairly early and without any nuance it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn t expect at all One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs they re scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique This book started with a bang It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there Once the mystery around the house was explained which was fairly early and without any nuance it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn t expect at all One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs they re scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique flair.The plot is what I didn t like After its strong beginning, it fizzles into this bland and predictably dull tale Don t get me wrong It s very unique and unconventional so I can see it s appeal It s also well written and does stem from great creativity, but I found it lacked too much detail and sophistication The characters, too, fell flat and as a few things went unexplained we were left with scattered holes in the plot This book is marketed for young adults but definitely feelsjuvenile, like a child s fairy tale, which is not what I expected hence leaving me feeling a bit underwhelmed 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 o 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 place view spoiler Who 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 covers.Onlyit doesn t.Sure, 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 11 30 at night and then going to sleep peacefully, you know this isn t that scary.And 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 storytelling.And 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 here What 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, i.e a sentence saying X is smart.Jacob 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 Shirley.But poor Jacob, he doesn t have any friends Well, maybe it s because his abrasive, self righteous, privileged personality chases them away.But 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 Wales.So 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 him.Other 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 somethingalong 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 it.About 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 forthan 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 above.And what is it with all these guys being attracted to ice cold women pointing knives into their bellies Do I need to readFreud or something So for story bursts into gales of laughter Oh, 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 p ss 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 SEQUEL And 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 young.But 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 communismthan 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 A I 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 work ing together , no way, not at all.The 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 series.UPDATE 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 it.A review is my opinion an opinion can neither be right or wrong.This is my space I am allowed to say what I want here, as long as it doesn t violate Goodreads code.You 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 eventhan 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 When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books children s picture books, colouring books, etc and tell stories in my mind with them For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.This story, for me, feels completely disj When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books children s picture books, colouring books, etc and tell stories in my mind with them For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.This story, for me, feels completely disjointed and messy It is evidently framed around this marvelous collection of creepy, vintage photographs, but the story is not smoothly incorporated It reads like you can imagine the author viewing each image and trying to find a way to fit it into the plot of the book Here s a weird image of a girl smoking a pipe and peeling potatoes, how can I make that part of the story Here s a creepy picture of some twins in clown outfits, how do I add that to the book And if you re thinking of reading this as a creepy book for Halloween it is not scary at all The narrative never delivers an atmosphere deserving of the photography It s all a bit bland and never becomes anythingthan a standard paranormal tale about teens children with special powers.Additionally, the narrator Jacob is simply not a character I like to read about I hate it when rich, privileged narrators constantly wallow in their own self pity for no good reason Here, he says If I never went home, what exactly would I be missing I pictured my cold cavernous house, my friendless town full of bad memories, the utterly unremarkable life that had been mapped out for me What He is from a ridiculously wealthy family and has two loving parents and lives in a huge house He did have a part time job, but he took it for granted and spent his time showing up late and deliberately shelving things wrong because he wanted to be fired He also did have a best friend, but his friend not surprisingly walked out after this exchangeWhat are you, my mom Do I look like I blow truckers for food stampsI did not like him at all Some unlikable characters are unlikable in a complex and interesting way, but Jacob is just a spoiled, entitled and selfish brat Add that to the simplistic, yet messy, storytelling and this book was completely disappointing I m also tempted to say it reads like a middle grade book, but that would be an insult to some of the fantastic middle grade books I ve read recently It just reads like a not very good book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children is actually I don t think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is view spoiler for elementary school kids.Yes, the book tries to pretend it is something else, embellishing itself with creepy and weird vintage photographsbut the reality is, it is nothingthan a regurgitated version of X Men hide spoiler Rarely do I come across a book that is as far from what it aspires Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children is actually I don t think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is view spoiler for elementary school kids.Yes, the book tries to pretend it is something else, embellishing itself with creepy and weird vintage photographsbut the reality is, it is nothingthan a regurgitated version of X Men hide spoiler Rarely do I come across a book that is as far from what it aspires to be as this one You might expect Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children to be a mysterious, deranged, quirky, horror filled tale, but it just isn t The novel was clearly written around a collection of peculiar and unsettling photos, but the narrative never reaches the level of creepy of the visual materials it relies on.Instead, it is a mediocre at best book that should have had 10 year old as its characters instead of teens And instead of artsy, angst filled photographs, it should have hadappropriate pencil illustrations to go with its Monster is going to EAT you BOOplot.You don t believe me it s bad Try reading the book or, better yet, listen to the audio version of it without the visual aid of the photos See what you think of the writing then.The photos are worth looking at though

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