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A good book with interesting characters but it lost it’s way part-way through.
on 24 October 2016
I have had this book on my Kindle for a while now but totally forgot about it until I started seeing the trailer for the film adaptation. As I am a believer in reading the book before watching the film, I started the book as soon as I could.
The story follows Jacob, a slightly nerdy teenager, who has grown up listening to his Grandfather's seemingly far-fetched tales of monsters and children with strange magical abilities. Jacob doesn’t believe his Grandfather’s stories (although was fascinated by them as a child) until something strange happens and Jacob starts to wonder if the stories were all true. Jacob’s Grandfather sends him on a mission to look for a children's home he used to live in but what Jacob doesn't realise is that the children living in the home are not normal. His relationship with the children becomes important as their lives are placed in danger and Jacob has to understand how he fits into these events.
I enjoyed the storyline in this book and loved discovering the different characters and their abilities but the book as a whole was lacking something for me. I read the book on my Kindle and was really pleased to see that this version still contained the photos that the original paper copy had. I don’t very often read books with ‘pictures’, so it was cool to see them and it also helped the storyline along.
The characters, although interesting, were kind of predictable in their unpredictableness and the storyline with Jacob and his Grandfather’s ex-girlfriend was just weird. I found myself getting a bit uninterested during some of the fight scenes and lost my enthusiasm for the book after it became very expected.
Overall a good book with interesting characters that, I felt, lost it’s way part-way through.