Book Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Published: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Source: Purchased
Summary: 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 [x].

Review:  I picked up this book in August but thought I would save it for October as it looked like it was going to be a creepy/horror read and would get me in the Halloween spirit. It was not a horror novel at all but it was in fact peculiar! I’m interested in picking up the sequel, Hollow City, to see where Ransom Riggs takes this.

It’s told in the narration of a sixteen year old boy named Jacob Portman who believes that his grandfather has been telling him fairy tales all his life. It turns out there was truth in all of them. 

It was a fast read and I enjoyed the additions of photographs mixed in with the story. The world created within this novel is great and different. Like I said above, cannot wait to read Hollow City!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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