REVIEW: Miss Peregeine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Blurb: 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 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.

The Short Stick: Unique, peculiar and quirky.

The Goods: This book really keeps it simple while at the same time takes us off the beaten path. I’m not usually into the grandpa told me stuff, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but Jacob is a pretty normal kid at the beginning, complete with quirky relatives. He sets out on a trip to Cairnholm Island in the UK to discover whether or not his Grandfather’s stories are real. He’s been to a psychologist who has basically stamped him as crazy, and instead of going alone he ends up going with his dad while he dad investigates exotic birds. When Jacob finally finds the house his Grandfather used to live in, and subsequently ends up in the past, September 3rd, 1940 to be exact, that’s when the book really begins. The action never fails, the kids are proper, and it’s like a boarding house a la “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” which maybe I’m the only one going to make that children’s show reference, but meh, this title made me think of that show.

The Not So Goods: It’s really slow. I hate to say it, but I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen and when I met the peculiar children I didn’t think a lot about it. I guess it might have been the set up, how safe they were, how it was all explained and how it didn’t seem like there was a lot of room for twists in the plot. When the plot finally came crashing down on them I just found myself shrugging, not afraid, saying yeah, monsters go bump in the night so what. I liked how the kids used their abilities in the end, but it was all very anti climactic. He left it open for a sequel so we’ll see where this book goes.

Also, there were a lot of photos throughout the book of the children and their afflictions, but really I didn’t find them helpful, they were detracting if anything, even though they were essential to the plot.

Rating: 4/5

Other Stuff:
Pinocchio Factor: Pass
Bible Factor: Pass
Cheese Factor: Pass
Potter Factor: Pass
Primrose Factor: Pass

Recommendation: Pick this one up if you have a lazy afternoon to head back to WW2 complete with monsters, floating girls, invisible boys and one fire starter.

Namaste,

Comments ( 2 )

  • kaye (paper reader) says:

    I just received this one in the mail yesterday and although I don't know too much about it (intentionally) what I do know makes this book something entirely different than what I've been reading. Thanks for mentioning that it takes a bit for the story to progress…now I know what to expect.

  • Denise Z says:

    I have been stalking this book and it is certainly on my wishlist. Thank you for sharing today.

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