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

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This book was gifted to me by a friend 🙂

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Number in Series: Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 382

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From Publisher:

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.

Welcome to Peregrine reads Miss Peregrine’s! Okay, real talk, I tried to read this book when it first came out, but I just couldn’t get past the fact that I shared a name with one of the characters. However, because the Miss Peregrine movie is coming out this month, I forced myself to get over it.

I really love Tim Burton movies, and one of my best friend’s got me the book for my birthday. I couldn’t just go see the movie without reading the book first, and then I decided to share my thoughts with all of you! Let’s dive into it!

In a nutshell Miss Peregrine’s is about young Jacob who is struggling to come to terms with his grandfather’s death. While Jacob was growing up, his grandpa would tell him insane stories about his childhood. About the peculiar way of life they all lived, and for a long time, Jacob believed him. Unfortunately, not everyone saw eye to eye with him, and he was bullied because he believed in “fairies.” Poor baby Jacob

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In order to find closure, he visits the Welsh island where his grandfather lived long ago, and his life gets turned upside down. It had a good plot, but I found myself skipping over a lot of pages. Mystery has never been my favourite genre, but I so badly wanted to love this book!

I really enjoyed the use of vintage pictures, it was a nice visual on top of Jacobs narrative. At first I thought they were creepy, but they grew on me, and some of them are real photos! I think that’s super neat!

I’m honestly more of a romance oriented book reader, but I felt like the romance in this book was kind of forced. I mean, this would have been the perfect book to not have a love-line! What’s wrong with just a plain old adventure story? Plus, I can’t get over who the girl is (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’m not going to say her name or why I’m creeped out). Why did Riggs have to do that, why??

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In all seriousness, it wasn’t a terrible book, and I probably won’t read the next one.

Pros:

  • It deals with PTSD, and family dynamics really well
  • You can clearly see the character development
  • Cool vintage pictures
  • A Tim Burton movie

Cons:

  • It’s kind of slow during some parts
  • Not scary at all
  • Forced love-line
  • Weird romantic pairing

It will be interesting to see how the movie pans out after reading the book.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 hearts

Cover: 4

Characters: 4

Writing: 3

Pacing: 2.5

Creativity: 4

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Let me know what you guys thought! Was I overreacting about the romantic pairing? Should I read the next book?

 

 

 

5 Replies to “Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”

  1. I haven’t read this book yet and kindofsortof low-key thinking about it, especially now that the movie is coming out! After your review, though, I don’t think I’ll do it — too many books on my plate and this doesn’t sound all that amazing. Hope your next read is better! 🙂

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    1. If you had a few hours and you’re bored, I’d give it a whirl (mostly because of the movie). Honestly it had a really good concept, it just wasn’t executed properly. There are most definitely much better books to spend your time on. Thanks! I already started a new book and it’s wayyyyyy nicer already 🙂

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      1. It was one of the things that kept the book interesting for sure. I’m really looking forward to the visuals in the movie, there is a lot of material for Tim Burton to work with.

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  2. Mini Movie Review:

    The movie was okay (like 3/5?), but they changed quite a bit. The beginning went by super fast, and then the ending was prolonged, as if Burton pretty much wanted to cut as much plot out and focus of visual effects. Some of the effects weren’t that great, such as Miss Peregrine flying around. Anyway, this is one you can wait to get on Netflix…

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