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Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Series: Miss Peregrine, #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Source: personal copy

First off I have to say I can’t believe I waited this long to read Riggs creepy photograph filled story of peculiar children. Finding out the eerie photos were actually taken from personal collections added a disturbing quality to the read.

Jacob is our main character. He has seen his grandfather’s strange pictures and listened to his stories thinking that they were just that…stories. Stories of levitating children and invisible boys were just fairy tales to him until he discovers his grandfather dead and sees something that changes the course of Jacob’s life.

Jacob no realizes the “monsters” his grandfather has been fighting are not from his memories of WWII but are actually monsters. Now he must travel to the island where is grandfather stayed and where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is located. The island is the typical strange island with its quirky residents. After arriving, Jacob goes on the hunt for the orphanage only to find it destroyed and abandoned. What happened to the children? The answer is soon found and leads Jacob on a fantastic journey of discovery and time travel.

I love every character involved in this haunting tale. Each one stood out on their own and Riggs ties each and every one of them together seamlessly. The story telling is amazing and with the added photos makes it easier for the reader to visualize the children. Riggs also answers all the questions that burn inside the reader from the start yet leaves a few things in the air for maybe another book.

Wonderful original characters and an inventive plot lead this read to be a good one to pick up. I loved the added historical aspects thrown in to provide a bit of realism to the story and the vintage photographs were just a bonus. If you are looking for a unique tale, this is the one for you.



Emily B said...

I've been seeing this book all over the place. Now I'll have to see if the library has a digital copy! Thanks for the review!