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

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hardcover, 352 pgs.
Published June 7th, 2011 by Quirk Publishing
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed

 A mysterious island.An abandoned orphanage.
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 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.

 This book was definitely unique.  It was unlike anything I’ve read before, or will likely ever read again.  I definitely loved the uniqueness factor.  I also loved that it was a male narrator.  
I really liked Jacob and liked his personality quite a lot.  In the first half of the book (or close to it) I felt like he really popped and was a character I would put on my favorites list.  However my love of him faded just a bit but I can’t really put my finger on what, exactly, it was I didn’t care for.  Nothing specific I guess, he just kind of faded and didn’t POP out at me in his personality like he did at first. It’s not a big deal though because the storyline and other characters really did make up for it.  
This book is filled with old photographs and they correspond with the story.  I loved that he could describe a photograph, or even just a person in the story, and then it was displayed on the next page.  Having the visual was awesome and added another element to the story.  Made it more real, I suppose.
The story itself was pretty awesome.  It was a fast read, and rather difficult to put down as I was anxious to see where things would go.  Were his grandfathers stories true?  Did these Peculiar children really exist?  And if so would Jacob find them or find out more about them?  What really did kill his grandfather?  Well, I’m not going to tell you, you’ll have to read the book, but I have to say that you may be surprised with some of the twists and turns and the different elements that come into the whole story.  
The book left off like it’s the first in a series.  Not with a cliffhanger, but with plenty of threads left open. And I just looked, and yes!  There will be a sequel!  I will definitely be eagerly awaiting it.
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  1. I love Miss Peregrine’s! I agree with what you said about the photographs, too. I can’t wait to see what photographs Riggs will include in the sequel.

  2. Seriously loved this one, but I know what you mean about Jacob. I felt like he wasn’t as strong and lifelike once all the ‘peculiar’ stuff started to come about. But still, the book was phenomenal and I loved it and it’s so gorgeous and creepy in person.

  3. This has to be one of my most fav reads of the year. The pictures are fantastic and fit wonderfully with the story. Riggs is brilliant! I hear that a second book is in the works. Fingers crossed it’s true.
    Have a great weekend Candace!

  4. This one perked my interest when I noticed its been on the NYT bestselling list for a looong time. I like the sound of it, despite the creepy-factor. Great review, Candace!

  5. This one was so different than I expected and I really loved it! Super-creepy pictures and I loved how he built his story around those pics. Looking forward to the sequel, too!

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