Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is so unique and the pictures throughout the book make it so much more interesting to read. Ransom Riggs has a descriptive and mysterious writing style that really drew me in. Everything about this book was just so enjoyable.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenTitle: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1
Author: Ransom Riggs
Also by this author: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

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.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

This book has such an original concept! Basically, a boy finds and old children’s home filled with people who each have strange abilities. For example, one of them is invisible and another has super strength. I loved getting to know each of the children and reading about Jacob’s encounters with each of them. What I enjoyed even more was the fact that there’s a bit of time travel incorporated into the book. I don’t want to say too much about it because of spoilers, but the way time travel is included is so different than any other time travel book I’ve read.

❀ Images add an Interesting Element

I really enjoyed the old photos scattered throughout the book. It was really interesting to be able to read a scene and then turn the page to see an image of a character, for instance. The pictures really helped me visualize the story more and I felt like I had a better understanding of what was going on. I loved the idea of including images so much and I wish there was more of it, honestly.

❀ Amazing Writing

Ransom Riggs has such an amazing writing style. He writes so descriptively and as a reader, I actually became immersed in the story. What I found interesting about the way Ransom Riggs writes is the fact that he doesn’t reveal too much and waits to share important details until a specific moment where there is a massive plot twist. I am not a fan of info dump and I liked the way this book is more mysterious as the information comes gradually.

❀ Original

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is one of the most original fantasy books out there. I really enjoyed the old photos included in the book and Ransom Riggs’s descriptive and mysterious writing style. If you are one of the few that have yet to read this book, I would definitely recommend that you pick it up soon!

About Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs

Hi, I'm Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three.

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13 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  1. Tammy V says:

    This was such a great series. I read it before it became so popular. Glad to see it getting the attention it deserves.

  2. Trisha Jenn Loehr says:

    I’m so glad you jumped in! I’ve loved this book for over a year and am loving seeing more people read it. Fun fact: apparently Ransom Riggs found the photos first and then built the story around them. How cool is that?! Oh, and the next two books in the series – just as good as the first! Just as weird too. 🙂

    • Candid Cover says:

      I had no idea that he created the book that way! Totally makes sense, though. I am really looking forward to the next two books, so I am glad to hear that you enjoyed them! 🙂

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    I read this one a long time ago, and the thing that sticks out the most for me? Those pictures were perfect! I am interested to see what they do with the movie!

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