Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Posted July 19th, 2011 by in book review / 0 comments

missperegrinepeculiar Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Series: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Book #1
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 232
Source: Other
Genres: fantasy, time travel, young adult
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive

A fantastically written book. The story grabs you and pulls you in very quickly – you really can’t wait to find out what happens next. Quirky, entertaining, just slightly creepy. The photos are particularly effective and in some cases a bit creepy. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a not-to-long change of scene in their reading and don’t mind putting aside reality just a little. A great young-adult fiction for anyone aged 12 and over.

Ransom Riggs leads the reader down an interesting path in this YA novel. The odd and in some cases creepy photos included in the story give faces to some of the very quirky characters contained within the novel. It all starts with Jacob, a sixteen-year-old Florida native who just doesn’t quite fit in, and his explanation of the events of Before and After.

Jacob, or Yakov as his grandfather pronounces it, has lots of memories of his kinda weird grandfather from his childhood. Abraham told his grandson fantastical stories of his childhood growing up in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and has photos to back up these stories. What Jacob eventually comes to discover, after a few very unfortunate events, is that his grandfathers tales of his peculiar childhood friends are true.

From there he is lead on a wonderful, at times exhilarating and creepy, journey to find where he truly belongs. It’s hard to say a lot more about the storyline without giving it away, so I won’t. Riggs style of writing is easy to read, and doesn’t lead you around in circles. This is a good read for someone who wants a change of pace, and something to fill in a day or so (it’s 352 pages, took me a couple of days because I didn’t have time to sit and just read it all day).

 

4 Stars

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