BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – by Ransom Riggs

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
(Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Horror
First published: June 7th 2011
Finished reading: July 31st 2015
Pages: 352
Rating 4

“I 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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I’ve had Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children on my radar for a while now, and with so many people reading and loving this series lately I just had to join in and find out what all the fuss is about. This novel by Ransom Riggs has a very interesting plot and I love the old photos he has incorporated into the story. Definitely not what I was expecting and very original. I guess it does mean it’s preferable to read the physical copy over an audiobook… I enjoyed the prose and the pace was quite fast, although the plot felt a bit chaotic at points and some things didn’t make a lot of sense. (Like why are the peculiar children still acting like children after so many years? And why haven’t they tried to find a different place if there are so many timeloops?) Anyhow, overall Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was still a very enjoyable read and I will definitely read the sequel Hollow City in the near future. Recommended!

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When his grandfather dies under suspicious circumstances, Jacob decides to dig into his grandfather’s past and find out the meaning of his last words. He has left Jacob a book that has a letter written by Miss Peregrine in it. It’s very old, but Jacob is determined to find her and visit the remote island off the coast of Wales his grandfather was always talking about. He convinces his father to go on a trip, but when they finally arrives the house seems to be abandoned. When Jacob goes exploring by himself one day, he discovers that his grandfather was right all along… And he seems to be in danger as well. Will he be able to save both himself and the peculiar children?

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This book was so not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed reading it anyway. The old photos are a huge bonus and made this book into something special. I agree that not all of them really add to the story, but they are a nice touch and highly original. The plot wasn’t perfect, but I really liked the whole idea behind Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and I will be looking forward to read more about their world in the sequel.

WWW Wednesdays #50 – July 29th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thegoldfinchmissperegrineshomeforpeculiarchildrenI’m still slowly making progress on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I can’t deny it is a very well written novel, but the pace is quite slow and it’s hard to keep my attention for long. I guess that’s why I have been reading so many books in between… Currently it’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. So far I’m really enjoying this read, so I will probably finish it first before trying to pick up The Goldfinch again.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thescorchtrialsmasqueradeI finished reading Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier the other day and wasn’t overly impressed by it. I guess that at least I was able to cross off another era for the When Are You Reading? challenge… I’ve also finished The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Like with The Maze Runner, the slang really bothered me during the whole story. The plot is slightly better than the first one, but it still wasn’t like I really enjoyed this read.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thirteenreasonswhycressI’m having a really hard time deciding what to read next! The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow is still on the radar, but I haven’t been in the mood for it. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher sounds like a ‘heavy’ read I’m not sure I want to read after finishing my current reads… So I might just give in and read Cress so I can finally continue Marissa Meyer‘s series. 😀

Teaser Tuesdays #53 – July 28th: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve only just started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, but I’m really excited about this read. I have been wanting to start this series by Ransom Riggs for a while now and so far it looks promising. Hopefully I will be able to read more of it later today!

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My teaser (53%):

“Though in a million superficial ways it would be identical to the day before – the same breeze would blow and the same three limbs would fall – my experience of it would be new. So would the peculiar children’s. They were the gods of this strange little heaven, and I was their guest.”

What are you reading right now?