Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

Rating: I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an absolutely captivating read. 

Seriously, it is. 

It took me quite a while to pick up this book and I'm not exactly sure why I waited so long. I've been a fan of Ransom Riggs for a while now, but I just recently found myself picking up his book and devouring it. 

The use of mixed mediums is what really makes this book stand out.

The writing is stunning. The characters are absolutely adorable. I was slightly skeptical at first- because the children in the story are aged so young- that that the story would be immature. However, that couldn't be further from the case! The story is anything but immature, and, if smithing, the children provide a nostalgic connection for the reader. With a desire to play childlike games and indulge in whimsical fairy tales of other peculiar beings, the children take the reader back to a simpler time, where one's obligations were to simply play and make memories. 

However, this is not to say that the characters have an easy life in this story. 

Like any great tale of heroic triumph, the protagonist- Jacob- faces many trials and tribulations in his adventures with the peculiar children. Using his late grandfather's tales and photographs as a guide on his adventures, we see him start to follow a heroic arc of sorts that is crafted within this first installment of a trilogy.  

Contrary to popular belief, this story is not one of the horror genre. It's not scary at all, but rather it's just different, which makes it better suited to belong in the paranormal genre, but it is not just strictly that, either. It's a story full of love and loss, of triumph and failure, of great friendship, and a battle against bitter enemies. It's action-packed and suspenseful, yet intellectual and mind-boggling. Miss Peregrine is the epitome of a book that is for everyone. Boys, girls, young, old- it doesn't matter. If you like a good story that takes you away from reality and into the midst of an epic adventure, then you'll love this story. 

Don't forget to catch Ransom Riggs on tour this fall to promote Library of Souls, 
 the third novel and conclusion to the Miss Peregrine trilogy! 

Tour details can be found in the video below: 

Still need a reason to pick up this book? The movie comes out in March, and is directed by Mr. Tim Burton himself! (Title treatment for the film) 

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