Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1
Genre: young adult
Published: June 2011
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.
First of all: I'm glad I bought this book in the hardcover edition because it is absolutely stunning. Worth every penny. The book itself (without dust jacket) is different from the other hardcovers I own and it has a nice little inscription on it. The inside has a very nice theme going that suits the story very well. The numerous antique photographs are what made this book extra special though. It shows Ransom Riggs' love for photography (which btw: he's absolutely GREAT at!) and adds a nice touch to the story. Whether the story is based on the photographs or the other way around I'm not sure but they fit perfectly together. Looking at this book, it shows how much love and work was put into it which made me appreciate the book only more.
I loved the story and how mysterious everything is. Sometimes it got a little scary and at one point I started to wonder if this would turn out to be a horror story but it isn't. It has that eeriness but it's not like you won't sleep at night. Unfortunately I knew a few details about these peculiar children but that didn't ruin the book for me at all. The pacing was fast but not too fast. Good fast. I never had a moment where I thought "is this gonna take any longer". There's action and plot twists all throughout the book. The writing style was also fun and easy to get through.
Because of the eeriness I talked about earlier, this could be a great read around Halloween but don't let that stop you from reading Miss Peregrine's whenever you want.
I haven't seen this book pop up on many blogs and bookstagrams I follow. There has been some talk about it on Booktube but also not all that much. I think Miss Peregrine's deserves much more attention and love than it is getting. The book itself is different, unique and dare I say it... peculiar. I think that's what made me love it the most: it's quite unlike anything I have ever read.
So to conclude my book review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children I would say that if you are unsure about picking it up, I encourage you to do it because I ended up liking it a lot and you might as well. Happy reading!