Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)

Date of publication: June 7th 2011

Publisher: Quirk

Number of pages: 352

Series: Miss Peregrine (1#)

Source: Hardcover gifted. This is my honest review.

Date finished reading: 5th November. Yeah, it’s been over a month.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

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.
 
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 Review:

I can’t stress enough how great it is to read something different. That’s one of the reasons I wanted Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children – not only because I love YA books with pictures. Plus I’d heard LOADS of people raving about how good it is. And I can’t neglect to mention that it’s going to be made into a movie in 2015 (!) (apparently).

I always like to begin with the good, so here goes:

I loved the pictures. It wasn’t like they were drawings either but vintage photographs. I can’t decide if it’s a good or bad thing that I looked forward to the photographs so much. There’s a pretty impressive picture bibliography at the back. On the topic of pretty pictures, I have the hardcover edition and under the jacket’s pretty cool, as is the creepy cover.

The story was really interesting. I heard about the story way before the book came into my ownership, so my guesses and memories of what the book was about were kind of…off. I imagined it just being about an orphanage for children who were “perculiar” in some way. But there was WAY more to it. I knew the book was going to be set in the past times, hence the photos, but it’s more than that. It’s really difficult to explain without spoiling things.

And here’s where my issues begin.

I picked up some editiorial or at least grammatical errors. I can remember two off the top of my head. It took a lot for me not to grab a red pen and fix it up but I knew Future Me would probably not appreciate a book with red markings in it.

The other thing was that I found the story a little hard to get into. I’d say I was finally in the zone (sorry I don’t know what else to call it) after about the first hundred pages or so. I can not identify why because the story was interesting. The only thing, on second thought, that could possibly be why, is maybe the pacing (books I typically I read are fairly fast paced).

I would recommend this book to people who like history with a twist. It was interesting, different and cool – the perfect thing for those who are looking for a change. I will definitely read the sequel and can’t wait for the movie (hopefully the rumours are true!).

 4/5 stars!

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Goodreads author bio:

Ransom RiggsI grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for mentalfloss.com, and make short films.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I’m really excited about it — it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It’s called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for “mental floss talking pictures” (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube page: youtube.com/ransriggs.

Also, watch out for a Miss Peregrine book trailer, which I’m working on right now! I get to go to Belgium and film inside creepy abandoned chateaus, which I’m *really* looking forward to.

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