A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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.– Goodreads Synopsis
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review
The quest theme is nothing new, nor is time travel. Yet somehow Ransom Riggs seems to breathe new life into old ideas in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’ll admit the two reasons I decided to read this book were 1.) The cool cover and 2.) The weird name. Honestly, I don’t think I’d even read any reviews. (Yes, I’m a heathen.)
I’m glad I picked it up. The book was well-written (Nothing breath-taking, but very solid), and I was surprised by how much I actually seemed to end up caring for the main character (very far outside of my usual ‘like’ range). The author does a good job in spinning a yarn that makes the reading fly by. However, I did not *love* this book. I’m not sure, honestly, that I liked it enough to even read the next book in the series.
It was a good read. It was not a great one. Too many possibilities for great scenes were just skimmed over. The author had a chance to work in some very memorable characters that were illustrated very well via creepy pictures, yet when I was describing it to my book-loving acquaintances, the only thing I could think of to say was “So this kid goes on a quest, and he meets these people that – well, – we would have called circus freaks not that long ago. And they’re weird. And he’s weird too. And…*shrug* Its interesting”.
ETA: A couple weeks after I read the book, my opinion on this book is not as high as it was. It was a good effort from Ransom Riggs, especially for a first novel, but it definitely needs fleshed out a bit more. The idea of including the pictures was a neat idea, but the pictures are more or less just tossed in, and use of them is not made as much as it could have been. This novel is, I think, very much a young adult novel.
Also what’s with the creepy love connection? Seriously? How does anyone think that’d be okay??