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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

>> Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 369
Source: Copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers

The Short Version:
A collection of odd vintage images and long held secrets lead sixteen year old Jacob Portman on an adventure into his Grandfather’s past.

Why I Read It:
The video book trailer intrigued me which is surprising because I tend to avoid video book trailers but for some reason watched this one.

The Book:
From the Author’s Website:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

My Thoughts:
I rarely pay any attention to video book trailers but for some reason I watched the one for this book and was immediately intrigued. Then it fell off my radar until it popped up in an Early Reviewers Batch at LibraryThing so I requested it. I really didn't know much about it going in other than it had something to do with the odd vintage photographs scattered throughout the story.

I have to say that I enjoyed it. It's a mix of fantasy, suspense and historical fiction.

Jacob as a narrator worked for me because he had the right balance of skepticism and 'OK, I'll go with the flow and figure it out later' attitude when things got strange. When he travels to Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather lived after leaving Germany the story gets really interesting.

It's so different from anything I could have guessed it to be about and so different from anything I've read that I can't really compare it to anything else.

I'm fascinated by the creativity of the author in creating and building this story around this collection of odd vintage photographs. I enjoyed it quite a bit and while I'll probably read the sequel I'll probably wait a while. I need to let this one settle a bit before venturing into Jacob's world again.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5


Unknown 2/04/2014 6:17 AM  

Oddly, this is a book that I metaphorically saw out of the corner of my eye a couple of years ago, but didn't pay much attention to. Now, I guess because there is a sequel, it's been coming up more and people are talking about it again! I think I'll keep an eye out for it the next time I'm on one of my book foraging expeditions :-)

dog eared copy/Tanya

Belle Wong 2/04/2014 1:26 PM  

This one has been on my list for a while. I had it as an ebook from my library a few months back, but only managed to get the first chapter read before it had to go back (my library doesn't do ebook renewals, unfortunately). I really need to get back to it.

Kailana 2/05/2014 11:32 AM  

I can't wait to read the sequel to this. I have it and just need to get to it!

Tif Sweeney 2/06/2014 6:02 AM  

I just read this one last fall and really enjoyed it. It is definitely something different and it worked for me. I do intend to read the sequel, but like you, it may be a bit before I actually get to it.

SuziQoregon 2/16/2014 8:13 PM  

Tanya: yeah - the release of the sequel has it in the discussion again. Hope you find it on one of your foraging expeditions.

Belle: It's worth getting back to. It's a unique and creative story.

Kailana: I'll read the sequel but I don't want to read too close to reading this one.

Tif: Same here. I'll read it but it'll be a while.

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