Four stars! Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman has just lost his grandfather and he's devastated. So devastated that while he was dying, Jacob thought he saw a monster, a real, ugly, scary monster, just like the ones his grandfather used to make up stories about. As a way to try to move on, he convinces his parents to let him go to a far away island with an orphanage where his grandpa spent his childhood. The thing is, when he's there he realizes that maybe the orphanage is not truly abandoned, and that somehow the peculiar children that lived there are still alive.
I loved the premise of this book, so I was a bit disappointed when at first I was completely bored and a little annoyed with Jacob. But then page 120 happened and everything changed. Although the story was not as great as I thought it would be, I had a great time reading it, I loved its characters and I really want to know what comes next, so I'll be sure to read the next one!