Book Review: Miss Perrgrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simple failed to notice how extraordinary it is”

Genre: YA fiction, fantasy

Goodreads Summary:

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. 

I never had a chance to read this when I was younger, so I’m the spirit of Halloween I decided to give it a read. I thought the book would be more creepy and a little scary, but overall it was still amusing. My copy includes photographs, which contributed some sort of mysterious and creepy aspect. They have been collected for ten years from antique and vintage shops, pawn shops, and even garbage dumps. I think they gave the book an almost chilling effect, which is perfect for this time of year.
The novel had a compelling start of mystery and fantasy, but a good portion from the end of the beginning to the end of the middle was dragging ona bit. However, there was no part of me that wanted to stop reading and put the book of the shelf forever. I knew something exciting was going to happen, and it did.

Once danger enters the realm of fantasy, it is almost impossible to put the book down. So much was happening and the novel quickly picked up speed. Not to mention there was a major plot twist in hat totally caught me off guard.

I already knew there would be a romantic bond between two main characters. What made this one special is the love between them was one worth fighting for, even though they were both living in seperate worlds, figuratively and physically. Love mixed with danger is a combo ready to explode, but these characters make it work.

Lastly, the novel reveals another type of love: conditional love. The peculiar children embrace their idiosyncrasies and together they make one happy family, despite the fact that they have been outcasted from the “common” world. Their teamwork and love for one another is the driving force that caused them to fight and  saved each other. In this case, blood may not be thicker than water, but love is the strongest. 


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