Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publication Date: June 2011
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”
I bought this book because it was the book we were reviewing at the book club I joined this month. I’d not heard anything about it, surprisingly enough, so I was going into this book ‘blind’ so to say.
I have to say, the prologue hooked me straight away. I was intrigued to what these “monsters” where, I wondered whether they were real or just a metaphor for Nazi’s, as it was set during that time.
I love the way Ransom Riggs incorporates unusual antique photographs into the narrative, it really sets the scene and helps you envision the characters. It gives it such a spooky feel. From the very start, I was at ease with the way the book was written and was in love with how the author conveyed words. I never knew that such simple sentences could be so haunting and beautiful. The way Jacob’s character was portrayed was really good.
The setting, the characters, the plot, the twists and the photos were weaved together beautifully to create a wonderful, one-of-a-kind story that surely leaves a great impression upon the reader.
The only thing I didn’t really like about the book was the romance in it, I don’t want to spoil it but it just didn’t sit well with me. I found it a little odd. Also, the chapters were really long. I much prefer shorted chapters, but it didn’t bother me too much because I read it straight through.
Overall I’d definitely recommend this book. I have rated it 4 stars, and they are very well deserved. Now I can’t wait to read the rest in the series!
About The Author:
Ranson Riggs grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where he still lives. He writes books and screenplays, blogs daily for mentalfloss.com, and makes short films. I write books. He also loves taking (and finding) photographs, making films, traveling to places that are tricky to find on maps, urban exploring, and scuba diving.