Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Posted January 16, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Publisher: Quirk Publishing

Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Purchased in hardcover for my own collection.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Going into this book, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it since the reviews are rather mixed. Some of my most trusted reviewers didn’t really like it. So I was worried. I won it in a giveaway long ago, and I just recently had the time to finally get to it. And I liked it! It didn’t blow me away, but I liked it! The storytelling was rich and well-written. The paper was thick, the ink was dark, and it was littered with vintage photographs that creeped me out and made me smile at the same time.
The strength of this book were the characters I think. The peculiar children to be exact. And Miss Peregrine herself. Without giving anything away, I think it is important to say how much I enjoyed each of the individual personalities the characters possessed. And it’s a great book that makes me believe that. The characters jump off the page. 
And so does the setting for that matter. The island setting is truly an immersive experience. The bar, the cairn, the manor. It all really works, and to me, it really works beautifully. This is truly a story to get lost in with world-building that makes you forget the very world around you that you are sitting in. It’s a rare book that I don’t want to put down. Especially lately. And that happened with this one.
I’m not really sure why this one isn’t raking in the good reviews. I usually have some kind of idea why, but for the life of me I cannot figure it out. This is not me picking on you or trying to start an argument. I would actually like you to comment and tell me what you didn’t like. Because I would like to look at this from a different perspective and provoke thought and discussion. 
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