Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Paranormal
My Rating: 4/5
“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 Miss Peregrine’s 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.”
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A lot of people rated this book quite low, and my reasoning on why was the fact that this story wasn’t exactly scary. No, not in the slightest. But I don’t think that was the intention. Sure, the photographs were, at times, quite creepy, but most old photography (1800’s – early 1900’s) does look to be quite eerie.
Despite it not being horrifying (and thank goodness for that), I really enjoyed being taken on this journey. There were times I thought Jacob was a whiny character, but c’mon, he’s a 16 year old boy with no friends (kind of reminds me of me at that age). The way the pictures are paired with the story is absolute genius. It’s always fun to use your imagination and you always do while reading, but having a bit of an “imaginational push” was great! I’m a sucker for anything old though.
I thought the grandfather was great. As kids, what’s better than our grandparents telling us these lavish stories about their lives? Their accounts of things, their experiences, their history.
And even better than that, what’s better than a *spoiler alert… well, sort of* bunch of kids living in a time loop?
I think the thing that really captivated me about this story was the adventure. This boy, Jacob, goes on such an adventure. He doesn’t know if his grandpa’s stories are true or not – he doesn’t see how they could be and even questions his own sanity, despite all of this, he still goes on the adventure to find out the truth. And let me get started on these children. What is cooler (actually, it’s rather hot) than kids that have these… powers? Fire, invisibility, the ability to float – freaking awesome.
Overall, I gave this book a 4/5. I’m usually pretty stingy on giving stars, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I’d suggest to anyone to give it a read despite all of the 1-2 stars people seem to endlessly give it.
It won’t have you jumping out of your seat but there are some disturbing aspects and it really is a fun journey.
Enjoy, and happy reading!