Mini Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

Book Reviews 19 Comments 21st August, 2013

Mini Review:  “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Published by Quirk in 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Horror/Gothic, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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My review of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a part of a mini-review series to write about books that I read while on blogging hiatus last fall.  I had originally planned to write about it during the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge.

Jacob’s grandfather has always told him wild and imaginative stories.  At 16, Jacob dismisses them as mere tales, but when his grandfather is murdered, he begins to wonder if there might not be a grain of truth in them after all.  Seeking to discover his grandfather’s secrets, Jacob travels to Wales to visit the orphanage where his grandfather was raised.  There, he discovers a world distanced from time and populated by peculiar people with psychic powers.

As I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I found myself continually pondering whether the children were real, or a figment of an overly active imagination.  It is the story of the magic and ideals of childhood being intruded upon by the harsh realities of the grown-up world.

This is the kind of book that you engage and interact with.  It is interspersed with vintage photographs, giving it an eerie and vaguely sinister quality.  I would recommend the physical book over the e-book because the visuals play such a key role in building the story’s atmosphere.  I read the Kindle version, and although there’s nothing wrong with it, the hardcover editions are gorgeous and would give the pictures even more prominence.

Highly recommended.

19 Responses to “Mini Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs”

  1. themisanthropologist

    I was curious about this book before but the reviews I’ve read all say that it wasn’t a great book, so I kinda lost interest in it. I’m still a bit curious about it though….

    Thanks!

    • Grace

      I think that a good deal of the negativity came from readers who expected it to be the best book that they’d ever read. There was a lot of hype surrounding it when it came out, and sometimes too much hype can be a bad thing.

  2. CaroG

    I really enjoyed this book; I read it for the R.I.P challenge last year (My review). I’m glad you liked it too. I read your review on The Never List, I recently finished that one too although I haven’t shared my review yet. Good luck with the Read-a-Thon!

    • Grace

      I love that you posted the trailer. It’s one of the few book trailers that works for me; it captures the essence of the book so well. :)

  3. Deb Atwood

    I so agree about the physical book. What’s fun about the photos is that they are actual photos the author found while combing through thrift store bins. Love the idea of making a story out of found objects!

  4. Melinda

    I’m glad that I see another good review for this book. I bought this book about 5 months ago and haven’t had the chance to pick it up. I must and will do so soon! :)

  5. L. Palmer

    This is a good book, but I must question reviewing it on this blog titled “Books Without Any Pictures,” since the book is built around pictures…

    That being said, this book needs to be better known. It is a good, compelling read.

  6. indiereadergirl0329

    I met the author at BEA. I haven’t started reading the paperback I now have, but I’ll try to bump it up. Thanks for the review. Especially mentioning the pictures makes me glad I got the paperback plus my e-book I already had,

    Happy reading!

    -indiereadergirl0329

    • Grace

      Oooh, I’m jealous! I’d love to meet the author of this one. It’s such a unique concept, and the pictures do so much for the book. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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