Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Dec •  27 •  2013

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published by Quirk on June 7, 2011
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal, Young Adult-Mystery
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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A horrific family tragedy sends Jacob 16 to a remote island off Wales, to the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, where he finds unusual old photographs. The children, one his grandfather, were more than peculiar, perhaps dangerous, quarantined for good reason - and maybe still alive.

I have only heard or seen Ransom Riggs through twitter and Instagram. Now I am finally am able to see the type of writer he is. These are the words that come to mind after reading his book on Peculiar Children. Weird. Mysterious. Random. Original. Unique. And a new favorite author of mine.

The book did start off slow for me in the beginning but when I got the chance to sit down and have the book all to myself with no distractions, I found myself really connecting with its pages and above all the world and characters Riggs created and made real. This book became such a captivating read on the ride home from McAllen that reality became unimportant and the idea of me finishing the book became the goal I set out to complete. And complete it I did. Within an hour I had read 200+ pages and when closing the book, I immediately wanted more.

Jacob is an interesting character, especially his grandfather. Both these characters are the ones who controlled the gist of the story in the beginning and then after a sudden death, Jacob is introduced to a world of Peculiar Children who not only become his friends but also his family. Miss Peregrine I felt held onto a lot of secrets that were not exposed in this first book but will soon be revealed in the next book.

There were a different enemy that I have not seen before in other books and this is what I felt brought out the originality in this piece of literature. Along with the dangers there were a lot of twists and betrayals that made the evil in this book come alive. We did not see the full extent of the enemies I feel and feel this too might be expressed more in the next novel.

I feel that the romance in here was somewhat gross. I do not want to go into much detail because I would like for you to read the book but it was not disgusting on a high level but I had to take a second and think about what just happened.  And no it was not incest.

Overall this book left off in a good place, and if you have not figured out yet, I am excited to see where this adventure continues. Ransom Riggs is a brilliant author who is able to manipulate photographs with his world and characters which makes this a spell-binding novel. This book is unique start off in a series which can lead to only greatness later on. Ransom Riggs is definitely an author I will be looking out for in the New Year.

I give it 4 bites!





  1. Chrizette
    Dec 27, 2013

    This book has been in my TBR list forever and I was very excited to read it but I have always chosen something else instead (don’t know why). Maybe is it time to bump it up to first place.
    Just Reading for Fun

  2. Jenny
    Dec 27, 2013

    I really need to read this one Chayse! I’ve heard such good things about Ransom Riggs:) I completely understand about needing to read with no distractions, some books just require the time and space to really get into them. Glad this one worked so well for you (aside from the romance that is)!

  3. Mary @ BookSwarm
    Dec 27, 2013

    I pretty much ignored the “romance” because it took me out of the story, if I thought about it too much. Otherwise, a very quirky, original story that I enjoyed.

  4. I had fun with this one and I so want the next one! Aside from the romance, glad it worked for you. I have to admit, I don’t remember the romance but then again, I remember it felt “off” for the story.

  5. This cover seriously gives me the creeps, but it sounds like a really unique read!

    Great review!

  6. Candace
    Dec 30, 2013

    I don’t remember the romance at all, but I do remember I really enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to the next one.

  7. Krys
    Jan 1, 2014

    I listened to the book and thought it was interesting.. I’ve felt slightly unfulfilled by the end so I’m looking forward to the next book.
    – Krys

  8. I have been meaning to read this book for months. I own it, have it signed, and everything. I need to finally just sit down and read it, apparently!