Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Friday, August 26th 2016


“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published by Quirk on June 7th 2011
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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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, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is probably the highest hype book I have ever experiences. Even people who I rather avoid like the plague in my personal life felt the need to corner me during my daily errands to ask me if I have read this book. Honestly the more people bother me about reading this book the more I didn’t want to because I was so afraid that this book might be a huge disappointment, which is what usually happens when a book is OVER HYPED. This book was extremely over hyped, which really makes me sad since I use to collect Victorian Photographs/Victorian Photo albums, not to be confused with Victorian mourning photographs.

This novel is suppose to be a “haunting” tale, but it’s not. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is more about the protagonist Jacob learning more about his grandfather, thus learning about himself in the process in the most peculiar way. He’s learnt after his grandfathers tragic death that his fantastic childhood stories are actually real, and not fantastic stories of fiction. He’s learning that his grandfather did not always do what was best for himself but he always did what he felt was best for the safety of others. That being said I’m having some serious issues with the book. One of my issues is the character development, the magical/mystical world logic, and of course the gimmick of the photos. I know for many people the collection of photos was the highest point of this book. I found the photos to be distracting and EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Which is truly sad to say since I have a fine collection of Victorian Photo albums. I just found the pictures to be distracting when comparing it to the authors own description of the characters within the book itself. I understand the thrill of wanting to add the photos to the book to add haunt/creepy value but I found it to be a very annoying gimmick as a reader. I understand that this book is for grade 7 and older, but I eel that we have all read books without the assurances of “pictures” to keep us going. I know many people enjoyed the photos, I personally found them really annoying. The book itself is beautiful I just felt it to be highly distracting from the actual reading. i feel that the book detail was more into how the book look, instead of it being focused on how to actual tell the story WITH DETAILS.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not a bad book. Not at all, Ransom Riggs writing style is not exact a writing style that I automatically fall in love like other authors such as, Rainbow Rowell, Mandy Mcginis, Holly Black or Cassandra Clare. Actually the main reason why I am reading this book is because Cassandra Jean, the official artist of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series is in the process of illustrating the manga for this series. If it wasn’t for artwork, and my obsessive for for it, I’m sure I would have continued avoiding this book series. With the hype of the book becoming a manga, and the movie being directed by my LEAST favorite director Tim Burton ( oh I do not like him), I decided to give this series a chances, thus giving this book a chances.

I honestly feel you either like this book or you don’t. For me this book was lacking character development, character emotion, or emotion of any kind, even though I just spent 10 hours with a hormonal, impatient sixteen year old protagonist I honestly can’t say I have any connection as a reader to Jacob. I’m more interested in Olive the elevating girl than I am about the main protagonist which is always said. Did I mention this book is extremely slow? Yes it’s slow.

Once again this book isn’t bad, it’s just started off with a bit of a s-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w start for me. I am currently reading the second book within the series Hollow City, which I’m happy to report is moving a lot quicker within it’s pace!
I give this novel a solid 3 stars, with the hope by the time I finish the series I can raise the rating upwards!
Happy Reading

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