Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs
Published by Quirk on January 1st 1970
Pages: 352
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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.
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.

two-stars

 

I was intrigued by the cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children multiple times before finally picking the novel up from the library. Unfortunately, this was another case where I shouldn’t have judged a book by its cover and the strange photos inside. I thought I was getting a supernatural book about a mysterious, even sinister orphanage for children. What I got was more along the lines of a campy Charles Xavier school for mutants. The only thing remotely haunting about this book was its cross generational romance. View Spoiler » All in all, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a good idea in theory, but proves that a story shouldn’t be built around discovered eerie vintage photos simply because it can.

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Posted July 17, 2015 in Book Reviews, Young Adult

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