Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Time Travel, Historical Fiction, …
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.
So this book is about a boy, Jason that is used to his grandfather telling him about these ‘Peculiar Children’ when he was little, but soon enough Jason grew up and stopped believing in it. Time had passed and a tragedy happens that puts Jason in a shock, and everyone thinks he is crazy now. New circumstances make him go to a remote island in Wales to discover his grandfather’s past. But is Jason crazy like everyone seems to think? Who are these peculiar children and why does his grandfather have photos of them? Are they even real? All of this causes trouble in Jason’s mind – will he be able to find the answers he wants?
When I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I had already a lot of hope for this book. I expected a hunting thriller, full of horror and danger (You can imagine why right guys? Starting in the cover and reading the synopsis and how dangerous the children might be…well). This book is NEITHER of those. (Also heads up for some violence in this book.)
Instead, this book is a fantasy/adventure combined with these very weird and old styled photographs, which made the book better than I ever thought it would be! Some photos are just to show and they are not so necessary for the book as others that the author really takes more time explaining, but because they are so interesting and so different (and sometimes even creepy) I really liked it! It’s just so…peculiar, right?
The Things I liked:
- I love how the author describes everything, and I am not talking about the photos, even without them, I was able to visualize the locations and details of the world, and let me tell you, THAT was amazing!
- As for the photographs, they added a whole new dimension to the story. You are almost able to see exactly what Jacob is seeing as he looks at the many photographs scattered throughout.
- The book is truly addicting
The Things I didn’t like:
✘ Sometimes things needed a bit more development
✘ Some characters’ attitudes… (And I do like the characters in this book, just some choices I was not a fan of)
As I said, this book was really addicting to me, and I really liked it (after I passed the phase of sigh, it’s not horror! But it only lasted for the first 50 pages) Afterwards I started loving the book! And for sure, I am looking forward to read the second novel! (well, after the cliff-hanger it’s difficult not to) 😛
I would say that if you haven’t read this book yet, give it a shot, but don’t expect horror! It’s mainly mystery/adventure and it really is awesome!
Check out the movie adaptation by Tim Burton
Release date: September 30th, 2016
Who else is excited to see Tim Burton’s adaptation movie???!!!! (I am dying for it :D)