Monday, June 27, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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.

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob is a teen who grew up on his grandfather's tales of magic on an island just off of Wales, UK. Jacob as a child believed it, but as a teenager didn't. After the loss of his grandfather, he decides to venture to this island and find out the truth of the stories that he had heard all his life. There he learns the truth not only of his grandfather's childhood, but also truths about himself.

So under a suggestion of a friend, I put this on my reading list, and I am SO glad that I did. This is a beautiful, magical story that I will be proud to say I will re-read it. Ransom Riggs did a wonderful job creating an "adult" fairytale that could actually happen. Set in two different time periods, it leaves the question are there peculiars out there? There are twists to the plot, one thing that majorly caught me off guard but made the story so much better. The characters grew on you (I really liked Olive and Emma, both wonderfully delightful in their knowledge, powers, and in personallity), though I should warn you, that some characters are more likeable than others.

I think the ending was the best part. There was resolution, but still a slight space to where if Mr. Riggs decides to continue the story,there is room to grow.

Another perk: It is also the only "grown-up" book I've read in a long time that had pictures! I loved reading the story and getting to look at pictures! I could actually believe that these were the peculiar children from Miss Peregrine's home. But they also left just a bit of creepiness that I will honestly admit, some of those pictures I'll never look at in the dark!

Highly Recommend this book!


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