Fri, March 9, 2012

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

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs book cover

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs

Publication date: June 7, 2011
Quirk Books, 352 pages
Source: Purchased

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.

— Amazon.com description

Quirk Books is certainly living up to its name with this one, because there’s no other way to describe this book than “quirky.” Well, “creepy” would probably work too.

There’s a mystery and some surprises and time travel and — above all — really creepy as hell pictures. If you’re an eBook fan, skip it for this book and opt for the physical copy instead. The pages are thick and glossy and beautifully typeset, but it’s the pictures that really stun: Old-fashioned prints of circus-like children doing very, well, peculiar things.

Did I love the story? No. And judging by the time we actually spent discussing the book (approx. 15 minutes), my book club didn’t either. The monsters surprised us and the characters seemed muddled and the little taste of romance was a little too icky for our tastes (you’ll see).

Still, it was a cool way for me to branch out from my usual reading habits.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. a. knight said:

    Yeah… no thanks. I’ve read mixed reviews on this one, and overall I just say NO. I don’t do creeptastic and icky romances. They just don’t do well for my brain and relative sanity.

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  2. Lori said:

    I really liked this one, but I understand why some people don’t. Great review!

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  3. Annette said:

    I’m still gonna give it a go…it’s next on my list. It’s too unique not to experience for myself. One of those that I’ve seen raves and not so positive things written about. I’m intrigued…

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  4. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I agree that this book has some pretty creepy pictures (I flipped through it), but I just don’t think the story is for me either. Definitely fun that you read it for your book club, though! 🙂

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  5. Lisa said:

    Agreed – the physical copy is the way to go.

    I had serious questions about this book and the tone and the definitely icky romance.

    That being said, it was still a pretty original read.

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  6. Jasmine Rose said:

    I’m sad to hear the story itself isn’t all that good, but I’ll definitely still be checking this one out for the pictures.

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  7. Celeste o said:

    I wasn’t too impressed with the book either. Although the pictures in it were interesting. If a sequel is written, which it seemed like it was left open at the end. I don’t think I would read it.

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  8. Jess (tangled Up in blue) said:

    I’ve heard a lot of people saying they weren’t too impressed with this one, but I like branching out, so I’m gonna give this one a try. Great review! 🙂

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  9. We Heart YA said:

    Ditto what Lori said. Steph quite liked the book, but the rest of us weren’t taken enough to read it. Still, like you said, sometimes it’s worth it just to branch out.

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  10. Tamara said:

    just by reading these comments from both views makes me wanna read it

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  11. Loraine said:

    http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar.html i love this book!

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