Monday, October 24, 2011
Review: "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs
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.
My Thoughts: This book was a nice surprise. I only bought it because the cover was super creepy and the title was unique. I honestly didn't think that I would like it but it kind of pulled me in. The photographs were strange but cool and the characters seemed to be from a circus sideshow and were weird but still being incredibly lovable. Jacob was an interesting character; he is from a very dysfunctional family but seemed unaffected by the dysfunction around him. Jacob's grandfather, who was not alive throughout most of the book, was also a really neat character who at first I didn't whether to like or dislike. By the end of the book, he was very endearing character. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that there was no real closure at the end. I felt like the author left the story wide open for a sequel and I am kind of getting tired of having to read more than one book to find out how things are going to end. 3 stars.