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Friday, June 10, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-159474-476-1
Suggested Age 12+ (Nothing sexual, no offensive language - some creepy stuff though)
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Description: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderfully odd, creepy and fascinating tale
  • Plenty of twists that you won't see coming
  • Bizarre photographs add a realistic morbid edge to the story
  • Authors description of the landscape and the setting of the mood is wonderful, while reading you actually see the landscape and can almost feel the mist on your hair. At the same time you have a creepy feeling while reading and when you stop reading it will take you a few seconds to shake off the story
  • Some nice dark humour
  • First quarter of the book is full of moody creepiness that sucks you in to the story
  • Engrossing and almost nostalgic at time
  • Very original storyline - haven't read anything like this one
  • Intriguing characters

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Really drags in a few spots
  • Expected more creepiness
  • The age of Jacob's characters seems off - at times I found him too young for his supposed age and what he had been through
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen."

"But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around - they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late."

"Yeah, he was a psychobabble-spewing prick. But that didn't make him wrong."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • I would say for the more mature YA, based on the way the book is written and language - almost old fashioned like. I wouldn't be surprised if more adults enjoyed this
4 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review


  1. I like odd and creepy. I do hate it when the character's ages seem off to me. Makes it hard to connect because I'm always picturing them a different way.

  2. I really wish it had been creepier, but its still worth a read