Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Knight: Laura Diamond

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar  Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Description from Amazon.com:

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 Review:

When sixteen-year-old Jacob was a kid, his grandfather told him fantastical stories about peculiar children his
grandfather knew. His grandfather also told him about the tentacle-mouthed monsters who threatened their very lives. 

Jacob believed his grandfather—the man had the pictures to prove his stories, after all.

But then Jacob grew up. He realized the pictures were fake. He lost belief in monsters.

…Until his grandfather was murdered by one.

Threatened by a nervous breakdown, Jacob headed to the island where his grandfather grew up. He followed a series of clues and  located the house.

 And the magic that surrounded it.

Miss Peregrine filled in the holes dotting Jacob’s grandfather’s stories. She also introduced Jacob to the peculiar
children.

It’s too bad that Jacob led the monsters to them too…

So, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book and it took me several months of self-debate before I
committed to reading it.

There are certainly things I could “critique.” For example, there’s way too much “telling” and “back story” in the first chapter for my liking. At the same time, it’s interesting stuff and rather than putting me off, it piqued my curiosity.

As the story unraveled, my curiosity continued to increase. I really loved how the author included photos of the peculiar children. It gave an authenticity to the story that made me like it even more. The setting, tone, and language really created an other-worldly atmosphere.

A potential draw back is that this story is rated Young Adult, but the main character sounds like a forty-something year old guy, mainly because of his use of “grown up” words. But again, the “big words” added to the overall flavor of the book.

All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for and escape and for something unique
to read. AND, I hope there’s a sequel, because I totally want to go back to
Riggs’ world.

~Laura Diamond

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