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Review: Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
published by Quirk Books
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review copies

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.


This book is a uniquely different read and not at all what I was expecting when I first picked it up.

The first thing you'll notice about this book is that it is presented with photographs dotted every so often on the pages. The pictures are really random ones and it's hard to imagine before you start reading how they fit into the story but they really do.

The story itself follows Jacob on his quest to find out more about his grandfather's past and I assume is the first in a series from the way it ended.

I liked the story itself. I'm not going to even try to explain it as I don't know where I would begin. It was both a bit comical and a bit creepy as well as having a good measure of mystery thrown in. I liked that the ideas in it as strange as they were fitted together well and seemed to be well thought out.

The main character Jacob is fab. I found him to be quite funny but also enjoyed following him on his mission to find out more about his grandfather and the people he claimed to have lived with in the strange pics (which he assumed were fakes) he has seen all his life. I liked following him and seeing how he looked at the decisions that came his way. I can already see (if there is a sequel) that there is so much more to him and his character that hasn't yet been explored.

All in all a book that is definitely unique in the YA market and one you should seek out if you want a good mystery and adventure story. 
Thank you Quirk books for the review copy.


Unknown said…
This looks like an interesting book, and your review has really sparked my interest. Thanks.
Amber said…
I loved this book! I was particularly fascinated with the stories the author gave the pictures. Thanks for the great review!
Essjay said…
This sounds really interesting. I like the sound of pictures that work in with the text. Great review!
I'm so curious about this book after you mentioned it on twitter!
I am worried it is scary. Is it????
Wow, this sounds amazing! I love quirky books, and the sound of all the photographs.