Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

This is a review I should have written a long time ago. And I actually did write it, but just never posted. So here it is now...

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Why did you choose this book? This was a selection for my book club
When did you read this book? November 2012
Who should read this book? fans of paranormal fantasy
Source: library ebook

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.

My Review 

I had heard many good things about this, and the cover was very interesting, but this was a disappointing read for me. I had picked it up earlier, and started it, but put it down fairly quickly. I finally forced myself to read it when we read it as a book club seletion. The truth is, I just found this one a bit boring. The first chapter was actually interesting, but I quickly lost interest after that. There were some similarities to me with Harry Potter; monsters vs. kids with powers. It also reminded me a bit of the Percy Jackson series , but the story just moved very slowly. It did actually get interesting the last couple of chapters, but just ended with an unwritten ‘to be continued’. The sequel, Hollow City, has just recently been released, and while I am a bit curious about what happens next, I am not curious enough to actually read the book.

One thing I did actually enjoy about this book was all of the pictures of the ‘peculiar’ children. These were the type of photos you might find in a family album from an antique store. So while I won’t be reading the sequel, I may pick it up long enough to browse the photos!

My Rating:  ★★  2 Stars

Here’s the book trailer for you.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this book, but I think you're right in that the pictures really make the book. I tried reading Hollow City, and just couldn't get into it (I abandoned it after the first chapter). I wish I would've spent time looking at the pictures, though.