Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs

Written By: Kellie - Sep• 27•11

Synopsis: 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. –Goodreads

Review: This book was weird, refreshing and overall… really, really cool! I noticed this book at work because you could tell from looking at it on it’s side that there were pictures inside this book. Pictures? Inside a YA novel? No way! So of course, I peaked and what I saw was so random and bizarre there was just no way I wasn’t bringing this book home with me

This story is accompanied by at least a dozen creepy, old fashioned pictures. Each picture is mentioned directly in the book so you know exactly what each one is supposed to be showing you. It’s such a cool idea and really made this book stand out from the pack. YA is such a rapidly growing genre that it takes a lot of work and ingenuity to get your book noticed and apparently a creepy floating girl on the cover does the trick.

The romance in this book was really refreshing. Even though Jacob is sixteen, and a mature sixteen at that, there is still an innocence about his and Emma’s relationship. It’s cute, and really nice to watch unfold. That sense of wonder is evident through this whole book and leaves you feeling more like you’ve read a modern fairytale than just another YA fantasy. Even the bad guys, who are barely actually in the book leave you feeling like you should be looking over your shoulder… just in case.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the story was lacking. At times the prose felt a little too wordy, and at others it felt like there should have been more explanation or background. I think, mostly, I would have liked to have seen a stronger supporting cast. With the exception of Jacob and Miss Peregrine, I didn’t feel like I really knew any of these characters which for me is always hugely important.

Heads up, it does end on something of a cliffhanger but I think it worked for this story. Sometimes, you just have to wait and see what the great unknown has waiting for you! So, overall… great book! It was weird, and I loved it! This one is perfect if your feeling like you have been reading a lot of the same lately and need to step out of the bubble a bit.

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Second Opinions
@ Mocha Latte Reads
@ The Book Zone (For Boys)
@ Bewitched Book Worms

 

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20 Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    I loved this book! I also thought it was very refreshing and original!

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