Wow. I cannot tell you how many times I picked this up at the bookstore or looked at it on Amazon, everytime going “eh, maybe next time” or “this doesn’t seem like my type of book”, well I am kicking myself now for waiting forever to buy it and read it. Even though I have about 30 books I just got over the past few weeks, as soon as I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I had to read it right away.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob, a sixteen year old, travels to a mysterious island off the coast of Whales after a horrible family tragedy. Hoping while he is there, he can find some of the answers to questions he’s had his whole life, but he ends up finding out a lot more than he ever expected to. While on the island he finds the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Jacob explores the bedrooms of the children and the basement which harbors some strange, unexplainable items. Jacob comes to realize that maybe the children were more than just peculiar, perhaps they were dangerous and there is a very good reason that they were kept quarantined on an island. Even though Jacob knows it’s pretty impossible, the children may still be alive and on the island with him.
I loved this book and am currently waiting for the second book, Hollow City, to be delievered because the book leaves you hanging. I began reading this book expecting a completely different storyline due to the summary on the back of the book. I think it gives the wrong impression and the reader expects something different than what they end up reading. (I don’t feel like I should write my summary on the book, so I took the summary used on Amazon and put it into my own words.) The actual book though is amazing. It is unlike any other book I have ever read and the vintage photographs really help the visuals you have and some are a bit creepy looking. I don’t think this book was really scary or under the “horror” category, maybe a thriller at the most, but never was I getting the chills or creeped out. The chapters were lengthy and while I liked that they went on for so many pages, I also have this weird thing where I can’t leave off in the middle of a chapter so I always felt the need to finish the chapter, not that I could easily put this book down anyways, but I guess I’m lucky I wasn’t ever reading it at a time when I had to stop to do something else. Okay now back to the actual characters and storyline. I loved (most of) the characters and my heart broke for some of them. Some just made me so furious that I wanted to throw the book at my wall, others I wish I was on the island with them experiencing some of the events they were involved in. There isn’t too much I feel I can say on my feelings and the thoughts I have of the characters without giving too much away. This story though was so original, wonderfully written, and had parts that we so shocking and unexpected that they made me go, “oh my god, wait what!?”. I am hoping this will turn out to be a trilogy or a small series (4-5 books), because the first one showed how much potential it has to be more than just a book and it’s sequel, and I would be so disappointed if the second doesn’t live up to the first book and it ends there. If you are into thrilling, supernatural books, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great book for you. It has a bit of historical events tied in to it as well, and I would say it’s an appropriate book for any age (granted they can reading a close to 400 paged novel). Oh and I almost forgot, it is or was a New York Times Bestseller.