Book Review: A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

Published in 2018 by Penguin Random House

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 480

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis From Goodreads:

The #1 bestselling series returns with a thrilling new story arc set in America!

Vintage photographs reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition—full-color images.

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

My Review:

I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review, this does not impact my thoughts on the book.

A Map of Days had been one of my long anticipated releases, although it occured to me that I ought to give the first three books in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series a re read, so I could dive in to A Map of Days with full knowledge on the Peculiar world.

And I’m definitely glad I did, for the series quickly re established itself as a fast favourite, and my anticipation to see where this next installment would go, was real! When I started the book, I couldn’t put it down and I just found myself so engaged with the story, that I dreamt about the characters, it was oddly wonderful and of course, all sorts of peculiar!

I was actually amazed by this fourth installment, it felt like the best yet! There were so many moments where the characters’ decisions surprised me, but in a good way, eg Emma, Jacob, Millard and Enoch feel like they were sheltered too much by their ymbrene, Alma Peregrine, and I felt like they never would have complained about her in the previous books! The character growth of my beloved Peculiars was totally on point, and there was a fair bit of emotional angst, which I loved!

Throughout the original series, I often found myself wondering about Grandpa Portman and his life helping and aiding the Peculiars, so I was thrilled that this book answered some of those questions! And I love how it allowed for that important chat between Emma and Jacob, I definitely found their discussions to be very bittersweet, and I couldn’t decide who to side with, because I understood both their feelings where Abe was concerned.

Bronwyn and Millard had always been my favourite characters throughout the first three installments in the series, so I was happy that both of them had significant page time throughout this book! Millard especially had some adorable scenes, which totally made me smile, and Bronwyn introduced one of my favourite new terms of exasperation: “oh, fiddlywinks.”

This was such an addictive, nail biting read! I couldn’t have anticipated some of the twists and turns throughout, and the writing was perfectly atmospheric and chilling! When we met new characters, I didn’t know who was trustworthy, and I love how reckless some of the Peculiars had become! I feel like there were things that these characters did and thought in this book, that I never thought they’d do, let alone think!

But the end! My heart! I found the ending to be so unexpected, yet exciting and hopeful for what might come in book 5! I feel like some character traits had become full circle, which was good to see, but at the same time, slightly confusing but understandable, however, I want everyone to be happy!

You can definitely say that A Map of Days is my favourite installment in this series yet, let alone a new favourite altogether!

I feel like I could infinitely read all of the books about Jacob and the Peculiars, so I can’t wait to see where this story goes!

Thank you again to Penguin Books for sending me a copy of this book to read and review, I couldn’t get enough!

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. 📚

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