Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

As always very late to the hype train here, I got lucky enough to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children only last month, thanks to Fernanda’s wonderful gift. Better late than never, right, and I am so glad I did because, if in some parts the book was not as incredible as I thought it would be, still, it was a wonderful and quite unique story.

AN ORIGINAL IDEA

β€œI used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

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As children, we all believed in fairy tales of some kind – I guess, or maybe it was just me. This book really spoke to me in a way that it completely turns this inside down. While you’re growing up, fairy tales fade away as the harsh reality take their places, and some of the magic disappears for sure. With Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, we get to believe that there are actually strange things, miraculous and inexplicable things happening in life and that was such a lovely, interesting and unique take in fantasy books, thanks to the author’s implication in the story.
See, this story started with the quite unique pictures that the author started collecting, peculiar picture for sure, of children, adults, pictures with a strange atmosphere coming off them. A picture of a girl flying above the ground, a picture of one lifting weights seeming WAY too heavy for his silhouette, and so on. As the pictures are scattered through the pages of the novel, it makes this story somehow grounded into our world, kind of brings out the strange atmosphere of the novel, of the children, and definitely gives this book a something more.

A MYSTERIOUS AND SUSPENSEFUL STORY…AT FIRST

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β€œ…so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”

This story is about Jacob, a teenager with a pretty average suburban life in the 1940’s. His grandfather always told him stories about magic, powers, children with unique abilities and this house he used to live in, on an island close to England. If Jacob did not, as he grew up, believed in him, his grandfather dies in strange circumstances and everything changes. A trip to the very island and the peculiar children turns his whole life upside down. From the very beginning of the story, my curiosity was piqued and I kept eagerly turning the pages trying to figure out the strange events happening, there was enough mystery and suspense to keep my attention a lot. Unfortunately, as the story went on, I somehow found myself a bit less captivated by it all – once the big revelations and discoveries had happened, I somehow found myself a little less drawn into the story for some reason, which is quite of a shame because the beginning made me think this might be an unforgettable read for sure.

THE CHARACTERS: A STRONG CAST

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β€œI knew there was something peculiar about you,” she said. “And I mean that as the highest compliment.”

The characters, however, were sort of a strong suit in this story, most especially the main character, Jacob. From the very beginning, I found myself caring for him and for what happened to him: his curiosity, his determination, his overall trail of thought was very understandable and I found that he was an interesting, relatable leading character to the story. Another thing I really enjoyed in this story, was the family, and most especially Jacob’s father presence in this story: he was, to me, especially at the beginning, more than just a side character that was there just for the sake of Jacob having parents. We actually knew about him, his interests, what drove him forward, his frustrations and so on, I really appreciated this.
As soon as the character’s cast grew and got more intense with the peculiar children, I have to admit that I found myself a little bit lost at times – so many different characters, so many names and abilities, I kind of had a hard time remembering who was who. Thankfully, towards the ending, the cast reduced a bit to main sidekicks to Jacob, I appreciated that a bit more as I felt a little bit less confused. I only hope that these characters will grow and be individually shaped better in the next books for me to get them, with individual scenes or so on.
The one character we got a good look at, was obviously Emma, one of the main characters as well and Jacob’s, well, love interest thorough the story. I have to admit that, if I could understand the attraction between the two, I felt a bit weird-ed out by it all and thought that the book could definitely had done without that romantic part. I did not entirely feel the chemistry between the characters here, which is a shame. SPOILER: Also, erm, why would you date your grandfather’s love interest, yes that is plain weird.

OVERALL

I might have mentioned a couple of issues I had with this book here, but I did really had a lovely time reading this book. If the strong suit definitely is the setting and the atmosphere of the story, the author’s writing was also definitely something to love: quite simple yet manages to hold your attention, especially in the first part of the story. I am still very curious about the rest of the series and I do hope that the promising idea, the mystery, suspense and thrill I fell in the first few pages of this story keeps on going in the next books, to make me love this even more.

Final rating:Β  4 drops!

Β Do you want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Chidren? Did you read it and if so, did you enjoy it? Share your thoughts in comments!


Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Β Published by Quirk , June 7th, 2011.

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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 somehowβ€”impossible though it seemsβ€”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.

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78 thoughts on “Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

  1. I definitely agree with you on this review! I was super late to the hype, reading this book 2 months ago, though I enjoyed it! I admit the beginning was strong and creepy and mysterious, and then after a while, especially near the end, I began to get bored! I gave this 3 stars but it WAS close to four.

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    1. I’m glad you felt the same way about this! To be honest, I was SO excited when I started reading this, it was so intriguing but then, it died down and I felt just okay about the whole story. That’s a shame. Are you planning on reading the next books? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  2. I agree that this novel could have done without the romantic aspect, especially since it’s a pretty strange one to begin with. I *think* I read the second book in this series, but I honestly can’t really remember… I guess that’s a bit of a bad sign? I did really enjoy this first book, though, particularly the creepy atmosphere and the pictures that were added in.

    Great review! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Holly! ❀ Oh, I guess that if you don't remember that much about the second book, it wasn't a, well…an unforgettable read ahah. The pictures are definitely a nice (and quite creepy haha) touch! πŸ™‚

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  3. Great review! I really enjoyed this book and I actually had the previlege of meeting Ransom Riggs in person. :O So now I have a signed book from him. πŸ˜‚ I am glad you enjoyed it! When I heard him speak, he went on an on about his passion to collect old photos and how he wanted to make a story from them. I think he is coming out (if it hasn’t already) with a book with all the photos that he has collected.

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    1. OHh really, that’s so great, you are so lucky! I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Ransom seems like such an interesting author overall – I’m hoping to read more of his books πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much Alyssa! ❀

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  4. I enjoyed it, but I wished it had been creepier (the cover of that book makes it seem like it’s going to be so weird!!). I felt like it started so eerie and then it just lost it. I never read the ones after, though, so I don’t know how it all pans out!

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  5. I loved reading your review of Miss Peregrine’s! I read the book when it had come out and I thought it was so strange and intriguing and I couldn’t put it down! I haven’t picked up the last two books yet but I’m so excited to read them. I loved the characters, especially Jacob.

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  6. I read the first few chapters of this book before college finals got the best of me but am now considering opening it back up! I didn’t get far enough to appreciate the cast of characters or the fantasy of the storyline but your review makes me want to get there, even though you felt it lacked in some areas. Thanks for your post πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh thank you so much, Julia! I’m glad this encouraged you to pick it up again. Despite the little flaws I found in it, this book definitely is worth reading, it was so entertaining πŸ™‚

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  7. I wish I had liked this! I just read it last year and it didn’t really stick out to me a lot. I thought the general concept was interesting, but most of it fell flat for me. I think I ended up giving it 3 stars–it was generally enjoyable but just didn’t keep my interest!

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    1. Oh I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t really your thing – I get it though, if the concept was so interesting, I expected a little bit more from it as well. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Sarah!

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  8. Great Review Marie! I’m on the fence about this book, I keep seeing it everywhere and heard amazing reviews but i’m not drawn to it exactly. I hope the series continues to get better for you and that the cast of characters that reduced is detailed about more. I’m no good when there are too many characters, I get too lost.
    Also that spoiler is super weird to me not knowing anything about the story! haha!

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    1. I understand – there are a couple books I am seeing around A LOT as well, and I wonder if I’m missing out, but then…well, I’m not THAT into reading them so, in the end, I guess we should follow our instinct and read the books that we want to read the most, hyped or not πŸ™‚
      Hahhaa right?! Well, it IS WEIRD hahhaa. πŸ˜› Thank you, Hannah! πŸ™‚

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  9. Agh I’m not sure if I want to read this? Like I said on your wrap-up post, I watched part of the movie (which I liked better than what I read from the book). I was bored by Jacob’s story and ended up just not reading it. XD But I enjoyed what I watched of the movie so I probably will like what I read??? But I was creeped out by everything haha. Great review!

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    1. Haha – from what I heard, the movie is quite different from the book? I haven’t seen it so I can’t compare the two ahah, but the book was not as creepy as I expected it to be, if that makes you feel a bit better about it? In the end, anyway, I think you should read it if you feel like you NEED to read it, there are so many books and so little time to read them all, focus on all that you are dying to read ahah πŸ˜€ Thank you so much! ❀

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  10. Glad you ended up enjoying this one, Marie!! Miss Peregrine’s is a favorite of mine and I will say that while the first book is a tad weak in terms of plot and pace the second book makes up for it big time. It definitely ups things in terms of pace, plot, and character development. The second one is actually my favorite in the series. Also, I completely agree about the romance aspect. It weirded me out in the first book because of the same reason but as the series progressed I liked them together more. I hope you end up enjoying the other books. Great review as always!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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    1. Ohh I’m glad to hear it – this makes me want to get the second book now. I’m also happy to know that the romance feels a bit less weird as it goes on ahah πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! ❀

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  11. Awesome review, Marie!

    If you thought you were late on the hype train… that means I’ve completely missed the ride since I haven’t read this yet. (Lol, I definitely didn’t make sense with that statement; it’s getting late over here, haha.)

    After realizing that this was becoming a movie and that I wasn’t going to be able to make time to read it before the film came out, my interest towards reading this one has sort of waned. But after reading your review, I’m curious to check it out again (probably around Halloween this year maybe?). I like that you mention that this cast is unique and the characters have room to grow in the next installments. Anyway, thank you for sharing!

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    1. OH thank you so much, Summer! πŸ™‚
      Ahah, you DO make a lot of sense, I have missed TONS of hype trains lately, but…it’s impossible to be up-to-date with all of the books being released.
      I hope you’ll want to check this book out anyway and enjoy it as well! πŸ™‚

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  12. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this to be completely honest, but I am so glad to hear to hear you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❀

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  13. I read this book series last summer. I heard so many good things about it and I wasn’t disappointed. Are you planning on reading the second book as well? I felt that the characters and the story get better and more interesting in the next two books.

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    1. OH I’m so glad to hear that! I want to try and read the second book as well because I heard that it gets better, you confirming that makes me want to read it now πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  14. Great review Marie! I’m pretty late with this one myself as I still haven’t read it. I really want to, but at the same time I’m scared that it won’t live up to my expectations… But your review made me want to give it a try anyway πŸ™‚ I think the pictures and the interesting characters will keep me intrigued for sure!

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    1. Thank you so, so much! πŸ™‚ Oh I get it, but I’m glad to hear you still want to give it a try. It’s a good book, I loved the whole idea behind it! πŸ™‚

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  15. Ah it’s a shame you lost some interest in the story as it went on, but glad you liked it overall. And yes, it was strange that he dated his grandfather’s love interest- I just felt like it fit in with the general weirdness of the book, so it didn’t bother me as it probably should have, if that makes sense?

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    1. Oh yes, it does make sense, actually. In the end, when I thought about the book, that romance part was not the weirdest thing happening for sure ahah, so it kind of fit in πŸ˜›

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  16. I was supposed to read this for Halloween last year, hahaha! The points you made coincide with what I’ve heard of this book, so my urge to read it has lessened a bit, and it’s now on the pile for days I don’t feel like having my brain work too much! Great review!

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  17. This is a great review Marie. I really loved what you said at the beginning, about this book being a inexplicable, strange and miraculous read, like a fairy tale, because that’s exactly what I thought about this book but didn’t manage to put into words. πŸ™‚
    I’m really glad you enjoyed this book. Do you plan to start the second book soon, I really hope you enjoy that one. I actually ended up enjoying it more than the first book so I’d be interested in seeing what you think of it.
    Again great review! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thank you, Beth! I’m still curious about the rest of the series, especially since I keep hearing people loved the second book a bit more than the first one. It’s not on my priority list for now – so many books to read!-, but I’m keeping it on my TBR for sure πŸ™‚

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  18. I still haven’t read this book, and all my friends constantly go on and on about it but honestly I’m just not super interested and I haven’t seen any reviews that convince me that it’s an amazing book…. I want to read it just to say I have but at the same time I have so many other books to read…. I think your review might’ve tipped me in the direction of wanting to read it though πŸ™‚

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    1. OH I understand your feeling. There are just SO many books to read, it’s sometimes hard to decide the books we really want to give time to – if that makes any sense? πŸ™‚ I’m glad that I made you want to read it, though, and really hope you’ll enjoy it whenever you get to it πŸ™‚ Thank you, Amelie! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! It still was a good debut to the series and I’m hoping the second book will be stronger, plot-wise πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  19. Fantastic review Marie!!! I love reading your thoughts on those super popular books that you end up reading after the hype wave. It’s like a quick reminder that those books are still pretty awesome! This one really sounded… peculiar… since the first time I’ve heard about it. Really glad to see how much you enjoyed its uniqueness. Do you plan on checking out the recent movie adaptation next? πŸ˜› Or have you already done that?

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    1. Ohh thank you, Lashaan! I’m so glad you like these reviews – I always end up reviewing all of these hyped books months and years after everyone else ahah. I never have time to get them whenever they’re actually in their hyped moment haha.
      I definitely want to see the movie now, and see how different it is from the book. Did you watch it, what did you think of it? πŸ˜€

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      1. I haven’t watched or read the books hahah I did find out that the movie was recently added on Netflix though. I might just go ahead and try it out (I do like to see how Tim Burton messes around with the source material and changes up things, even if its sometimes quite frustrating). πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoy the movie and the book sequel when you get around to them.

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  20. The book is wonderful. You care a lot about all those peculiar children and about the house too, I guess? My favourite was Millard, what with that incredible compilation of his and his insufferably pedantic nature. The series is superb though I am prejudiced against the second novel of any trilogy and won’t comment on it. By the end of the series(I am shamelessly giving a spoiler now) I started caring for those hollows. Probably you would too.
    What’s more, the author is coming out with a new peculiar children series set in America. Desperately waiting for it.

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    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the whole series – you’re making me want to read the next book as soon as I can πŸ™‚ I had NO idea there was a new peculiar children series – that’s so great! I’ll be looking forward to that one as well then πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  21. Oh my gosh the romance was one of my biggest problems. Especially since I didn’t see any chemistry and Jacob looks so much like his grandfather it really felt to me like Emma just saw him as his grandfather which really creeped me out πŸ˜…

    I really enjoyed the first book, but the other two less and less. Won’t go into details though because I don’t want that to affect your reading experience! Hope you’ll enjoy them πŸ™‚

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    1. RIGHT? I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way. It just was…a little awkward ahah. πŸ™ˆ
      Ohh, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the sequels too much – but thank you for saying that. I’m in no rush to get to them but I won’t read them with many expectations, then πŸ™‚

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