Release Date: June 7, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received 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.
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.
When I opened the pages of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I had no idea what to expect. It seemed vastly different than anything I had read before with its creepy pictures and unsettling aura. That feeling proved to be correct within the first 10 pages. What I also found out in the first 10 pages it that this was going to be a fantastic thrill ride. I was hooked from the very first page and the story only got more intriguing and incredible as I turned the pages.
I really don’t know if I can say enough good things about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was fantastic. Utterly fantastic! The premise is unlike anything you have read before. It’s one part paranormal YA, it’s one part haunting fantasy, one part thrilling mystery, and just all together spectacular! I was left guessing the entire story! It was never once predictable and never once boring. I loved this book.
You couldn’t ask for a better main character than Jacob. He was very believable. His actions when faced with the Peculiar things were spot on. He was faced with some very tough issues very early on in the book and I think the way that was handled was perfect. I don’t want to say too much about what happened after Jacob gets to the island, but I will say that all the characters introduced there were my favorite part of the story!
To add to all the glowing things I said above, the writing was amazing! I have a feeling that this book and Ransom Riggs are going to be talked about a lot in the near future. He is a new writer to watch out for. He took a completely unique and unheard of premise and executed it flawlessly. The vintage pictures interspersed throughout the story only made it more captivating.
Can you tell I have fallen head over heels for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I have. I even had the dreaded book hangover after I finished it, because nothing else seemed interesting. I wanted more Miss Peregrine’s. I urge, no I demand that you read this book as soon as possible. Somehow it manages to be delightful, whimsical, and creepy all at once, and I want you to experience that extraordinary feat first hand. READ IT!