Title – Author: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Series/Standalone: Series – Miss Peregrine’s #1
Format – Source: Paperback – Bought
After a terrible tragedy, sixteen-year-old Jacob sets off for a remote island to uncover the truth about his grandfather’s past. On the island Jacob discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The more he explores, the more convinced he becomes that these children were anything but ordinary…and that they might still be alive.
This book was yet another case of me psyching myself out based on a wrong conclusion. See, I thought this was a creepy book. Like horror creepy, because of all the pictures of weird children (mainly, the clown children because let’s be real here, clowns shouldn’t exist). And that’s really not my thing at all. So I didn’t pick it up for ages, because I just automatically assumed it wasn’t going to be my kind of book. I was totally wrong! Yeah, the pictures are odd, but this is a fantasy story and we all know those are my favorite!
I have to start out by talking about the writing because hot damn, this author can write. I recently confessed that writing style plays a major role in my reading experience. From the first page of Miss Peregrine’s, I was in love with the writing style. It’s just so freaking good. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting the writing to be that good, so I was just overall blown away.
The storytelling aspect of mixing photography and writing wasn’t something I thought I was going to like either. I’m pretty traditional when it comes to books; just words please. But in this case, the photos felt so integral and natural to the story being told that I loved looking at them and connecting them to characters in the book. What the author does here is just smart. I can’t think of any other way to put it. The story and the pictures weave together so completely.
Now on to the actual story. I loved Jacob’s quest to uncover the truth about his grandfather. He faces a lot of internal struggle. There’s the idea that his grandfather might’ve been mad and then there’s the idea that Jacob himself is going mad and seeing things that aren’t there. Jacob encounters things he doesn’t totally understand, but he keeps going, which really speaks to the strength of his relationship with his grandfather. When he finally finds out what’s going on and discovers a world he never could’ve dreamed of, he accepts the role he’s destined to play and takes responsibility.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a unique story with excellent writing and a fascinating quest story with an ending that makes me so excited for the next novel.
8 – deserving of a re-read – Fred Weasley