Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Posted September 19, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Jesse Bernstein
Published by Books on Tape on June 7th 2011
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Format: Audio book
Source: Audible

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

I’m sure we’ve been hearing tons about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and now that the movie is coming out soon, I wanted to read the book beforehand. I even got the audio book and it was pretty much one of the best decisions I’ve made because it was REALLY GOOD. I mean, honestly. The narrator was AMAZING and his voice managed to channel out various emotions such as fear and excitement. I was really caught up with this audio book, such that there were times I wouldn’t be paying much attention to what I was doing.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children took me by surprise because I thought it would be about ghost and fantasy-ish stuffs. Like, yknow, witches and things like that. But it isn’t! I mean, it is technically BUT there’s also a little bit of historical fiction in it, and I was like trying to keep up with everything while being awed by it all.

I don’t know how to explain this book without giving away spoilers, but it was really good. Creepy at times, making me regret listening to this audio book in the dark at midnight HAHA. This book really got my attention since the first word and I wanted more. I didn’t want to stop listening to it, but of course I had to because life gets in the way.

Jacob was someone that I relate to straight away. He had these moments when he would just doubt himself, or whatever he was seeing and then dubbed himself as crazy. And as more and more people agree with it, he started believing it himself. Even me, who was just a reader, was like doubting Jacob. I was like OMG THOSE PEOPLE ARE REAL?? THEY ARE REAL????

This book was really well-written and there wasn’t a single part of it that I didn’t love. BECAUSE OF THAT, I ALREADY GOT THE AUDIO BOOK FOR HOLLOW CITY, WOOHOO.


2 responses to “Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  1. Thanks for your review! I have been debating whether I should try this book for a while now, partly sparked by the upcoming film and my love for Tim Burton – though Dark Shadows was meh I still hope this one will be great -. This review might have pushed me over the edge. I’m texting my dad to buy it for my birthday as we speak ;).

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