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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Review


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Published by Quirk Publishing on June 7, 2011

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Horror, Dark Fantasy

Source/Format: I own a Kindle eBook copy

Pages: 352



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. – Barnes and Noble




Throughout his childhood, Jacob’s grandfather had told him stories of the peculiar children that he grew up with. As Jacob grew up he stopped believing what his grandfather told him and saw them for what they were: stories. Or so he thought. After his grandfather’s mysterious death, Jacob decides to travel to the island where his grandfather claimed he grew up on to find out the truth about his grandfather’s past.

With the help of some locals he is able to locate Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ad quickly finds himself disappointed. The house is in ruins. He explores the abandoned house trying to find answers to his questions, but all he finds are more questions.

On one of the visits to the house he spots a mysterious girl watching him. He tries to talk to her and ends up chasing her into a time loop where he finds that everything his grandfather had told him was true. After spending some time with Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children he discovers that whatever was after his grandfather is after all of them too.

My Thoughts:

When I first picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I didn’t know what to expect. At first glance I thought that it was about a boy who could see ghosts, or something along those lines. I didn’t expect to find a world of children who are stuck in a time loop where monsters are after them and only Jacob can see them.

I believe that I bought a copy of this book when it came out of shortly after that but I didn’t really have an interest in reading it until now. I thought it would be a good read for the month of October. I wanted to read something along the lines of spooky or in the horror genre.

I would definitely say that I enjoyed this book. I loved that it wasn’t your typical fiction novel containing children with powers. The powers that the children possessed were different than one who normally see, for example: instead of being able to fly there is a girl who has to wear weighted shoes because she can float but doesn’t have the ability to come down unless someone has a rope tied around her waist.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something other than your typical supernatural read. It’s a good book to cuddle up with a cup of coffee and a blank by the fire.

The author, Ransom Riggs, released book 2, Hollow City, at the beginning of this year and he just released book 3, Library of Souls, in September.


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