Reading the fifth book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is like going home to see old friends. OK, weird friends who have bizarre superpowers and get themselves into pretty gnarly situations, but still….I was so excited about The Conference of the Birds that my book shipped ahead of its official published date. And it did not disappoint. The story picks up mere seconds after A Map of Days, and whoosh, you’re right back in Chinatown with Jacob and Noor being chased by a gang of wights and saved by Bronwyn the strong and Hugh and his bees. I’ll admit, this one wanders a little with maybe one or two too many time loops and dramatic moments, but they all fit together in the way a good story does. A good story illustrated, of course, by Rigg’s fantabulous collection of creepy antique postcards and photos. What’s not to love, really? (The ending, damn it, the ending is not to love because now you have to wait to find out what happens next…) — JEN PAYNE
With his dying words, H — Jacob Portman’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life — entrusts Jacob with a mission: deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor — save the future of all peculiardom.
With only a few bewildering clues to follow, Jacob must figure out how to find V, the most enigmatic, and most powerful, of Abe’s former associates. But V is in hiding and she never, ever, wants to be found.
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 newest installment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.