Book Review

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

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.

I loved the synopsis for this book as soon as I read it, the combination of curious photographs, an orphanage and Wales made it seem like my kind of book. When my copy arrived and I flicked through I was thrilled to see creepy looking photographs dotted throughout the book. I wasn’t sure how conducive the book would be to a good night’s sleep, so I waited until I had a day I could spend reading and settled down to get lost in it.

The book starts by focussing on Jacob and his grandfather, since he was a boy Jacob has been hearing his grandad’s stories about peculiar children but the older he’s got the less he’s believed them. The presence of photographs didn’t help him to believe them, instead he wondered how the photos had been doctored. Jacob’s story takes him to the remote Welsh island that his grandad claims these adventures took place on, for me it was at this point that the plot really picks up. I got really involved in the story, it’s very atmospheric and at times I felt like I was right in the thick of it.

I thought that Jacob was a really interesting character. I didn’t always agree with him or what he did, but he kept me wanting to read on. It’s difficult to talk much about the other characters in the book without spoilers, though I must say that I liked Miss Peregrine but would have liked to see a bit more of her.

I loved the way that the photographs that are described in the story are all included in the book. I loved being able to pore over the photographs – they’re wonderful and for me they added an extra layer of intrigue to the book.

I found that as I was getting closer to the end of the book I was worried that there weren’t enough pages left to tie up all of the plot. The ending of the book does feel like it comes quite abruptly, I can see that it could go one of two ways, either there will be a sequel which will continue the story on or it’s been left for the reader to decide what happens to all of the characters. I’m certainly hoping there will be a sequel, I want to spend more time in this world with the wonderful and unusual characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will certainly be recommending it. I know that 20th Century Fox won a bidding war for the film rights to Miss Peregrine, I hope that we’ll get to see it on the big screen – I think it would work very well.

Make sure you come back tomorrow as I have an interview with Ransom Rigg.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is published in hardback by Quirk Books in the UK priced £11.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review : Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

  1. I read a review of this somewhere a while back and put it on my to-buy list. Your review confirms that decision, thanks. I’m looking forward to the interview.

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