Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Lizzie     Jun 6th, 2011     Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (June 7, 2011)
Source: Finished copy received from publisher
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594744769
ISBN-13: 978-1594744761

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.

I’m going to start this off by saying, this was a very peculiar novel. The name was all too fitting. It was very unlike anything else I’ve read. And not just because it involved literature and some very creepy photography.

The storyline actually engrossed me so much that I was reading while my mother watched television in the same room, which is something I’m normally entirely incapable of, because it distracts me easily. Instead, I found myself reading this quickly, reading over a hundred pages in an hour (another thing I’m normally incapable of). It was like I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

Miss Peregrine’s, admittedly wasn’t exactly what I expected. I expected entirely creepy ghost children shifting out of the walls, monsters hopping out in front of Jacob in the dark, and nightmarish creatures. Actually, what I got was a lot better and a whole lot less cliche than what I expected. Which was awesome! Yes, it was creepy, particularly in the first half of the story, and there was plenty of nightmare-causing things in the book but more than that, the story followed a path entirely captivating but I can’t even reveal more about that without spoiling the book for everyone.

The photographs added a lot to the enjoyment of the story, though I think even if they hadn’t been apart of it, I still would’ve loved it. I absolutely loved that they gave you a better visualization of the characters and happenings throughout the book. The fact that those photographs are actually real (though some are manipulated) is amazing. They’re all so fascinating, that I would’ve finished a lot sooner with the book if I hadn’t spent so much analyzing and staring at the photos.

Sometimes, I got very confused. Still, I’m very confused about some parts of the novel, because there was a lot left open. At the same time, the layers to the story have left me wanting a sequel to this so I can dive back into this fascinating, confusing, mind-blowing world. I would love to know more about Jacob’s grandfather’s past, Jacob’s past (and future), and where the story is going next!

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