Title: The Conference of the Birds
Series: #5 in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Original Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: “An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.
Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.”
No spoilers below.
I hate to say it but, The Conference of the Birds has definitely been my least favorite installment in this series. I understand they are ‘Young Adult’ novels and I should expect them to read a bit juvenile… I just never got that constant cringey, eye-roll sensation with the first four as much as I did with this one. The focus on action and peculiardom were seriously lacking this time around; there was way too much romance and innocent explorations of new love instead.
When I first started reading, I had forgotten quite a bit but, one thing I appreciate most about Ransom Riggs is that he mentions just the right amount of the past for my mind to boggle and remember every single thing. He doesn’t baby us all the way through and he doesn’t make it feel as if you need to reread the last book, either. I love his descriptive writing and how much my imagination is always being stirred. It was fascinating that the modern world was brought up, too, the explanation of how video phones and the internet could make it hard for peculiars to live in our time.
Sadly, I was just completely bored… constantly waiting for something… anything! to happen! No one ever knew what was going on and Jacob, our narrator, is the most clueless of all; which in turn, kept us (the readers) in the dark about everything, too. I wish we got to hang out with his friends way more because, to be honest, Jacob has the least interesting power.
The introduction to new characters and loops, the sprinkles of humor, especially during tense situations, and the agonizing cliffhanger at the end, luckily, saved this book for me. I will definitely be picking up #6 with my fingers and toes crossed extra tight for several battle scenes and powers included.
Dates Read: January 15-28, 2020
My Rating: 3 out of 5
**I was, 100%, inspired by Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books to create the ‘mood board’ (below).**
Hopefully, I am able to translate the feelings and imaginations that I experienced while reading into these 4-photo grids. I am so happy with my first one and had such a blast searching for the perfect images! I’m going to continue making these for every book review I publish from now on. 🙂
“My heart was suddenly so full it seemed to crowd out the words from my brain.”
“I felt the tightness grow in my chest, the same one I got anytime people expected big things from me.”
“But it felt good to talk. To connect with someone who seemed to feel the same things I once felt. It made me feel less alone. But eventually all my babble made me self-conscious.”
“That smile pierced me straight through the heart, messed up my insides. I loved it.”