Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Published by Quirk on June 7th 2011
Pages: 352
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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 coworker highly recommended this book as her favorite summer read. After that, I couldn't help but put a copy on hold at my library and finally was able to pick it up and read it. Definitely has a spooky cover and I was interested to see how the real photos would influence the storyline.

The story was an engulfing one, drawing the reader in from the start, where the grandfather of Jacob mysteriously dies by a creature that only Jacob seems to have seen. Jacob and his father commence on a journey to Wales, the only clue his grandfather left him as to what is happening. What Jacob finds on this island is more mysterious than ever and involves a lovely girl.

The plot was an intriguing one and I am happy to see the next book will be out in the next year or so. The pictures certainly added a depth to the story, making it more real and quite a scary thought that such monsters really may go bump in the night. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and can't wait to see what will happen in the next novel.

Final Verdict:

Definitely a fantastic book, but ends on quite a bit of a cliffhanger, so if that irks you, you may want to put it off until the next one is released.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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