8.01.2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Received: Purchased for my Nook
Rating: 3.00/5.00

Summary: 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. 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 (Summary from www.GoodReads.com).

After seeing the cover of this book, I had cover lust and knew this was a book I needed to get my hands on. From the summary of the book, which I read on Barnes & Noble and on GoodReads, I thought I was in for a scary type of read. I don’t necessarily mean a horror book, but just something that would creep me out. Honestly though, this book was nothing like that, but was more fantasy than anything else. Even though I purchased this book for my Nook and didn’t get to fully take in the photographs shown, I was still able to enjoy them. I not only liked the use of photos to help tell/support the story, but the actual photos intrigued me and made me think outside the box. Just when you think you know what you see in the photo, such as the one on the cover, you’re kind of surprised by what you don’t see that tends to be so obvious. (As a side note, I would love to get my hands on a book that contains all sorts of “weird/interesting” photos like the owns used in the book.)

For some reason, the sort of discovery Jacob learns about his grandfather’s past life reminded me of a Peter Pan/Alice in Wonderland adventure, just because there is traveling and other time periods/worlds explored, bringing on the fantasy element of the book. Even though this is a fantasy, it's not a high-fantasy, but instead is a perfect book for those just exploring the fantasy genre, as well as those that already like it. There were parts of the story were a little drawn out and slow, but the suspenseful parts of the plot kept me reading until the end. There were twists and turns in the story that kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Although I didn’t give this book that high of a rating, it’s not because the book wasn’t that good, it was more that I was expecting a different kind of story and I just don’t think this was the best book choice for me. That being said, I do think teens that are looking for a low-fantasy book with action and adventure will surely enjoy this one. The ending leads one to believe that there will at least be a sequel, if not a whole series.

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