Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (#1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: YA Fiction, Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication: June 7, 2011
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Peculiar describes this book extremely well. Right from the beginning we are led into the world of the bizarre and unbelievable tales of Abe Portman. We soon come to find out that all of these elaborate night time stories, are REAL! We are taken into a world where time loops exist and children have abilities that boggle the mind. Miss Peregrine can become a bird in seconds flat, and Jacob’s admiration of his grandfather grows even stronger as all is revealed.
Even more wonderful, is that Jacob’s life starts falling into place more than it had ever been. He has proven everything to be truth and SURPRISE, he has powers! Yes, an amazing ability that is life saving and only he can do this, like his grandfather before him, bonding them through time even more. He has always felt like he didn’t fit in, and never wanted to be a part of the family business and there at Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children, he finds his niche.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”
― Ransom Riggs,
There was sadness, joyful moments, friendships created, loyalties tested, maturing… everything you could want in a book. Some may feel the complete opposite when it comes to this first installment, but when I go back to all of the good and quirkiness it offers, I can’t help but forget any imperfections.
It might not have been as creepy as I had expected when starting this book, but it had just enough to keep me coming back for more. This read was nicely written and continually had me delving more into the loop with them. The illustrations gave this series a nice touch, a little bit more of the eeriness that connected us to the story-line in the first place.
I am looking forward to reading the last two novels. I did not give this one five stars rating, but it was mostly because it read more like a middle school/jr high read than a YA novel. I loved the added pictures, the magical feel of it, but it just wasn’t enough for me to pick it up again. I know many may disagree with me, finding flaws in every corner and crevice, but I did enjoy it either way. And though it did read more for a younger age group, it still gave us another fantasy world we didn’t have before. Hopefully the ones give us more in that aspect and surprise me more than this first one and I’ll be happier for it.