Thursday, August 4, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Publisher: Quirk.
Pages: 348.
A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

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 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.
I knew from the second that I saw the images on this book’s back cover that it’d probably mean trouble sleeping for me at night. But it wasn’t just the ridiculously creepy photos of ridiculously creepy kids that gave me a bad case of the heebie jeebies, it was Ransom Rigg’s entire ‘peculiar’ world. He has this way of drawing me in, scaring the crap out of me and then immediately engrossing me again.

On the surface, the pace of this novel is one that would normally frustrate me. An introduction and an ending. But I just couldn’t find it in me to care. There is so much brilliance going on between the pages; Jacob, the murder of his mysterious grandfather, the children with unnatural talents and the forces that protect them from time and monsters … it was another book that seemed to channel Tim Burton’s amazing strangeness and that is always the best compliment in the world.

And I loved the peculiar children. I wish we had gotten to know them a bit more because each one seemed so carefully crafted with their own personality and talent. I adored this book as a stand-alone, but a small part of me is hoping for a sequel so I can jump right into their world again.

Overall, I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs has written a spectacular story that has a little bit of something for everyone - horror, action, mystery and even a taste of romance. I can honestly say that it’s one of the most unique and explosive books I’ve read so far this year. I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children:
Good Books And Good Wine.
Novel Thoughts.
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  1. I was worried the pace of it would annoy me too at first but it actually fit really well. I'm a character person and the care that went into crafting their personalities would have been enough to keep me engaged. The plot was pretty unique and awesome too ^-^ Great review for a great book!

  2. Sounds amazing. I really want to read this one. I kept looking at it while at the bookstore today...I've been spending quite a bit on books lately, so I might have to wait for a little while. :)


  3. I like this book also. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I loved this one too! So awesomely peculiar. Tim Burton totally does come to mind now that you mention it! :)

  5. Wow this one sounds really cool! Have you seen the movie "The Orphanage"? This one reminded me of it.

  6. I really hope there's a sequel! I loved this book!

  7. I'm in the middle of reading this one right now and am loving it. I just keep making the terrible mistake of reading it right before I go to sleep. Those creepy pictures make for some weird dreams.

  8. Just finished this book, overall I enjoyed it quite a bit. I wish I had known it wasn't a stand alone novel before reading it though. I was about three fourths of the way through when I realized there wasn't enough novel left to wrap up the story.
    I'm not a big fan of series books that are still in production because I hate waiting. The last time I did this to myself was with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and now I'm foaming at the mouth for the next in that series.