Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Posted September 19, 2015 by E.J. Roberts in 4 Stars, Adult, Book Review, supernatural/paranormal, Teen, YA / 0 Comments

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs
Genres: paranormal

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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.

My Review:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children definitely falls within the small house publishing preview. Unique and oddly compelling, we’re taken along on a journey with Jacob as he discovers the impossible may in fact be possible. Perhaps the stories his grandfather had been telling all along were true, even though no one else believed him. This book definitely breaks the rules of traditional publishing and has earned the spot on the New York Times Best Selling list.

Fueled by the vintage photographs Ransom Riggs had collected over the years, the story of the home for peculiar children takes flight, taking the reader with him. With each photograph, one has to wonder about the stories behind each one. Riggs happily fills in the blanks with his own imagination.

I elected to purchase this as a paperback book, specifically for the photographs that are on the pages. I’m not sure an e-book could possibly do them justice. As they are such an integral part of the story, I highly recommend the paperback version as well. However, it’s possible a more detailed e-book reader, such as Kindle Fire or Nook HD could show the images just as well. Either way, the story was well-crafted and I’m fascinated to see where the journey goes from here. I’ll admit I’m not fond of cliff hangers and being forced to wonder what happens next. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


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