Monday, 11 January 2016

Book Review - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

(Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal. 

Published: June 4 2013

Pages: 356 pages (Paperback) (Quirk Books)

Read: December 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

Book 58/60 - 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a book that I read solely because of recommendations and the hype that surrounded the book. I had never read the synopsis for this book. All I knew about Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children was that there were creepy photos and children with different types of peculiar abilities. 

This is one of the books that I am delighted that I followed the hype and went with the whim of purchasing and reading. This was a book that I read so fast and loved every piece of it.

I loved Jacob's character. I loved the character of his grandfather and I loved the mysterious messages and crypticness of the story of the Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs did an amazing job at creating characters within the real and peculiar world. The peculiar children were fascinating characters.

I found this book to be quite unique within in this book. It is tue first book I've read about where as a protective strategy, people are living in a continous loop of time. One thing I would have loved to see more about were the 'bad guys' in this book. I know we do get a backstory and description but somehow I just felt unfulfilled with the amount of knowledge I got about these people and organisation. 

One thing that I did find to be quite unnecessary was the romantic relationship. This story didn't need that. It would have well suffised without it and besides I found that romantic coupling to be quite weird. If you've read this book you understand where I'm coming from. But even though I wasn't pleased with the story containing a romantic relationship it didn't affect to take away my enjoyment of this read. 

And just to pop back around to the mentioning of those creepy photos that I knew the book contained before reading. I have to say that they were a great addition to the novel, even though not all were creepy, I found them all to be very interesting and then to find out that these were actual real pictures was just spectacular!

I'll be sure to be purchasing and picking up Hollow City and Library of Souls as soon as possible! 

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