Skip to main content

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


As a child, Jacob was fascinated by his grandfather, Abraham's stories of his childhood, growing up in an orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales during World War II. The stories were a bit unusual, though, as Abraham spoke of children who could levitate, lift giant boulders and be invisible. He had the pictures to prove it. But as Jacob grew up, he began to doubt his grandfather, just as everyone else in his family did, and the stories ended. Now, Abraham has died under unusual circumstances and Jacob has vowed to return to the island and find the home where his grandfather grew up.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a rather unique story. The first few chapters were extremely creepy to me ~ and the pictures interspersed throughout the novel made it even more so. As I was reading about Abraham's death and Jacob's initial experiences on the island, it felt like the makings of a horror story. But it turned out to be much more sci-fi and fantasy than horror. I especially enjoyed the contrast between the island in 1940 and that of the present day, as well as the unique characters Riggs created.

There is plenty of suspense and a bit of action, but underneath it all is an intriguing story about the individual people involved in the story ~ from Jacob to his grandfather and father, to the children who lived in the home with Abraham and the woman who took care of them. I don't want to say much more about the plot since one of the things I enjoyed most about the book was the mystery of it. If you like sci-fi and fantasy stories, I definitely recommend this one. It's a quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and bring you into a fascinating world.

One last note: I generally read a lot of ebooks these days, but I read a review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at Red House Books, which said that you have to hold the book in your hands. So I bought the hardcover and she was absolutely right. It just wouldn't have the same impact without the visuals that Ransom Riggs includes throughout the book. So if you're going to read it, get the physical book!

My Rating: 4/5

Read the first three chapters

Watch the trailer:


This review was written based on a copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that I purchased.

Comments

  1. I have this book on my shelf and can't wait to read it. I'm glad you addressed the advantages of having a physical copy over an e-book because I debated for a while on which I should get so I'm glad it sounds like I made the right choice! Thanks for an awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is definitely a good example of a book you have to have a physical copy of! Reading it on an ereader would not have been the same.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The book cover art on this one really draws you in...sounds like a very unusual story, perfect for a fall evening read? I do hope to get my hands on a copy soon, especially after reading your review.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been hearing a lot about this book - it does sound creepy! I will have to give it a try.

    Thanks for the review!

    Sue

    ReplyDelete
  5. Awesome! I didn't think it would be sort of sci-fi or anything like that. I've been wanting to check this book out for a while though.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)


Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…