Thursday, March 15, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Release: June 7, 2011 
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
My Copy: Personal Copy
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

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 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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a great premise. Ransom Riggs intertwined creepy vintage photographs into the story- A neat trick that heightens the story.  The photographs themselves are really cool.  They show a lot of "trick photography" with seemingly levitating children and the like.  In a lot of ways, the photographs are the best part of the book.

The beginning of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children starts out strong- eerie and unsettling.  I thought I was settling in to a horror type paranormal book,  but once Jakob starts to uncover the mystery of the orphanage, the book starts to switch gears into an adventure story.  I preferred the start of the book to the end, which ends very abruptly.  I'm assuming this is to leave room for a sequel.  The middle of the book also proved a little problematic for me as well.  There were times I felt like the author leaned a little too much on the photographs to carry the story.  And I feel the characters are not as developed as they could have been.  It is marketed towards young adults, but the writing seemed juvenile.  I think young teenagers would enjoy this book more than older ones.

So overall, I think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is super fun and worth a visit.  Especially to check out the photographs!

1 comment :

  1. i love this book!



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