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Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Published: June 7, 2011
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 4.5 stars


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 also read Hollow City if you're wondering hehe)

     This book was definitely so unique, so peculiar, that I cannot really put words to describe what I feel about it.  But there's one thing for sure— I definitely liked it.  Because it was absolutely different.

     I believe that the author was so incredibly talented, creative and smart to make the story so separate from most YA novels. It was so odd, slightly eerie, so incredibly peculiar— and yet it worked, it didn't seem tacky in any way.  

     It was positively YA— and at the same time didn't seem YA at all.  I love that it's definitely a suspense/mystery story that has the capability to freak you out and yet, it is relatable to teenagers still. Ransom Riggs was able to make this novel incredibly distinct from all the other Young Adult books existing. He was able to put his mark, his taste, in this book.  

     His style of writing is so incredibly elaborate, and yet so smooth, so tasteful, yet understandable.   His style contributed so much to the dark, creepy mood that the book gave off, and yet— it was still so appealing.  

     I was honestly so impressed about the story/plot more than anything else— again, so incredibly intelligent to create a story that fit so perfectly with his collection of photos [which he gathered from various collectors before-hand].  So creative, so imaginative, so clever.

     He put things that are new in YA— things that I've been waiting for authors to write about— specifically, the idea ablut humans evolving into a more complicated species.  It really excited me to have something I've been waiting for to read, finally in my hands!  The idea of loops— very clever indeed! A very fascinating concept. Again— it seems to be the first of its kind!

     Also, I believe it was very strong for Riggs to start the book with a mystery— I felt challenged as a reader to guess what really is going on, and being wrong with every speculation— that's something admirable indeed.  It is not predictable. That it has the ability to surprise you all the time.

    The plot was just the creative, so imaginative that it got me as a pure admirer from the start. 

    I definitely enjoyed reading it— so many components that tugged me to continue on, page after page: mystery, romance, thrill, horror.  In fact— I was so engrossed in it that I didn't even realize I've finished the book until I turned to the next page expecting another chapter, only to find the acknowledgement page.  It was that effective! And so interesting! It had it all. What it really possessed, that made it truly memorable, was that it's the first of its kind to fit in the Young Adult genre.  No other horror story can be YA at the same time and be as successful as this. 

     The love story— definitely not your average love story. I emphasize the definitely.  The romance is so interesting to read— especially since it's a little, well, weird. It definitely arose many thoughts and questions in my mind— in other words—it was intellectually suggestive. But nevertheless, it had the capability to let you ship them still.  You could still feel those butterflies in your tummy.

     The problem is, I don't think that this type of story is appealing to most of the generations under the category of young adult.  But I believe that people have to open their minds and be ready to accept even the most eccentric of ideas, such as, the book I am reviewing now.  That's why I would still suggest you to try it, and buy it at your local book store.  

1 comment:

  1. Oohhh I've added this one and its sequel to my TBR pile. Looks really interesting! Good to hear you liked it :)

    Le Bibliophile~