Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)
by Ransom Riggs
Genre: horror, fantasy, paranormal
Publication date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
SYNOPSIS: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very peculiar 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 Miss Peregrine’s 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.
First off: This is one of the best looking books I’ve ever read. Even without the dust jacket on, it still looked pretty amazing. Throughout the book you will find odd, vintage photographs that help tell the story, all printed in colour. I must admit that the thing that first drew me to this book was the design, and then I read the synopsis and I was sold.
Fun fact: the pictures in the book are all real photographs the author found. It is a hobby of his, as well as urban exploring.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very beautiful and unique book. It’s not something you can just put in one genre. It has elements of horror, fantasy, mystery, paranormal, and even a little bit of romance.
I absolutely loved this book, but can’t put into words what I thought about it. I guess you just have to see for yourself, and unravel the mystery of the peculiar children together with Jacob.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5 stars)
"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was."
"When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking."
"Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was."
THE BOOK TRAILER:
(Review written: October 5, 2011. Edited on October 21, 2012.)