Book Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Title – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Author – Ransom Riggs.

Publisher – Quirk.

Publication date – 7th June 2011.

Series status – First book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Synopsis.

’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.’

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My Thoughts.

Complex characters, an interesting plot and the fantastic added bonus of creepy photographs.

I’m forever jumping at the chance of a different book – a book that’s not like the rest. Miss Peregrine’s was certainly different and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s told through a series of gathered photographs, and these guide the story and send us on an adventure.

I liked Jacob but I felt his personality was a little bland at times. He’s a rebel, you can tell that right from the beginning. He refuses to let anyone tell him what to do, especially when his heart is set on something. He’s determined to find out the truth about his grandfather’s past, and prove he wasn’t a bad person.

The first peculiar child we meet is Emma – who can create fire with her hands. When we first meet her, she is angry and defensive and adamant that Jacob is out to get her. I didn’t like her at first, I thought she was acting a little dramatic. But as the story progressed I began to warm up to her and I cared about what happened to her.

My first impressions of Miss Peregrine were that I found her intriguing. Her picture was strange and freaked me out a bit, but I liked her quirks! You can tell she is fiercely protective of her wards and will do whatever she can to keep them safe.

I loved finding out about all the peculiar children. although sometimes they were hard to keep track of. I envy the author’s imagination to create these different characters and make them work.

The book started off exciting, and although it slowed down in the middle, it quickly picked back up again.

I give it this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the story and all the different elements. It was a little slow in the middle and I felt like Jacob could have done with a bit more oomph at times. Overall it was a brilliant story and I’ll definitely be reading the next 2 books!

About the Author.

’HI THERE, I’M RANSOM RIGGS AND I WRITE BOOKS. I ALSO LOVE TAKING (AND FINDING) PHOTOGRAPHS, MAKING FILMS, TRAVELING TO PLACES THAT ARE TRICKY TO FIND ON MAPS, URBAN EXPLORING, AND SCUBA DIVING, WHICH IS KIND OF LIKE URBAN EXPLORING, EXCEPT WITH FISH AND SHIPWRECKS INSTEAD OF ABANDONED HOUSES. IF YOU WANT TO CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA, I TWEET AND INSTAGRAM A LOT, AND POST SOMEWHAT LESS FREQUENTLY TO MY YOUTUBE AND TUMBLR PAGES. SO WELCOME, HAVE A LOOK AROUND, AND PLEASE DON’T BREAK ANYTHING.’

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