Monday, February 3, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Scattered Thoughts On)

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 352
Publisher: Quirk (website)(Twitter)
Source: library
Rating: 4/5

Summary from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.

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.

I have to say that Quirk is one of, if not the, favorite publishers I've read. I've not read a single thing they've published that I haven't adored. Miss Peregrine's is a magical, delightful, quirky (see what I did there?!) book that had me from the get go. I read it in an afternoon. I'm quite a slow reader but I whipped through these pages because the story was so good.

The writing style is wonderful. The descriptions are awesome. The characters are so well rounded. In a word, I loved it. That Riggs wrote this around the pictures in the book is simply brilliant. The pictures add quite a bit to the story line and I actually wished there had been more.

Usually I have a clear favorite character but all of these were so fantastical and so varied that I couldn't pick just one. I wanted to go to Miss Peregrine's myself. The story was so unique that I find it hard to even write an adequate review. 

The tragedy that started Jacob on his journey to Wales and Miss Peregrine's wasn't sugar coated. It was awful and sad. What I liked most about the book though, was the sense that Jacob was evolving so definitely. He was maturing and doing what he needed to do even when it was difficult. He questioned himself but he moved forward.

I know that some bloggers had a hard time with the romance that he becomes involved in. Although I'm not 100% for it, I can appreciate why it happens. 

I've already read the second in the series and can't wait for the next. Ya'll need to get this book asap. If you've read it, tell me...did you love it as much as I did? Meh? Hated it? 


  1. I'm glad to know you liked this book. I've been tempted to pick it up, but I just wasn't sure it was something I'd like. Glad to know the writing is good and it's not ALL about the creepy photos.

    1. The pictures help solidify the story for me but the story itself is wonderful. I wasn't sure that I'd love it either but I did. The second one is even better!


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