My Rating; 5 Stars
Absolutely loved it! I was convinced it was a YA genre but boy was I surprised!
The story is centred around Jacob, a young boy that spent most of his childhood with his grandfather, who told him several stories about unique and peculiar people and terrifying monsters. As he grew up, he began to question the stories and if they were actually true. Unfortunately, Jacob's world is turned upside down when a tragic event falls upon him and makes him question his sanity. Determined to find out more on his own, Jacob departures to a Welsh island where his grandfather took refuse during the Holocaust in search of answers. What he finds throws in a loop and an adventure that will make him discover who he really is and make new peculiar friends.
From the start, I really got into the story. The environment of Jacobs house and the relationship between him and his grandfather sounded very familiar to me and I could almost imagine myself there. The way the novel is written, is simple, like a child's innocence and the best part is that you can see the evolution of the character in the writing. Simply mesmerizing!
Absolutely loved Emma, a fierce fireball that isn't afraid to speak her mind and take a leap and defy the rules when a friend is in trouble. Millard is an amazing character too, a nerdy caring invisible boy with a unique sense of humour and sarcasm. Each peculiar child is unique and their characters and abilities make any reader fall in love with them.
All put together: the characters, the plot, the settings, the way the novel is written and the amazing photos come together in an unique way. The photos really become essential in the story and it helps put a face on all the characters. It's authentic and beautiful and I will definitely start the second volume soon!
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.