Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Well hello, R.I.P. VIII read number three! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a GREAT choice, you guys.

Jacob grows up listening to his grandfather’s story of how he grew up on a special island in a home for children, and shares tales of the interesting children that lived there. Jacob dismisses this all as hokum as he grows older, but when a horrible tragedy occurs and shakes up Jacob’s teenage world, he’s set on a journey to find his grandfather’s island and get some answers. His life, and sanity, may depend on it.

What’s really special about this book is the photographs – all really creepy, like the one on the cover. These are photos that the author borrowed from people who apparently collect strange old photos, and he basically built a story around these pictures, and it’s brilliant. It is disturbing, and mysterious, and captivating. Jacob is a generally likable 16-year old kid, and I usually don’t really like teenage characters. There are really interesting, unique secondary characters. The plot is engaging, and the dilemmas pull on your heartstrings just a teeny bit. Tim Burton would do wonderful things if he were to put this into movie form. He’d hardly have to change a thing – the tragic, unsettling features are already there.

I’m having trouble putting a label on this book… paranormal or fantasy, because of the elements involved? YA, because the protagonist is a teenager? But it’s not written like a YA book to me… General fiction, because it doesn’tΒ seem to fit anywhere else?Β Anyone else have an opinion on this?

There’s going to be a sequel to this (out in January, according to Ransom Riggs’ website), and I’m looking forward to it. I hope it’s just as original as the first, and that there’s plenty of new creepy photographs spread throughout the book. It’s a shame it’s not coming out in the fall, because this was a perfect book for getting into the spooky Halloween spirit. And if you still haven’t read this by the time the next Dewey’s readathonΒ rolls around in April, this was a great readathon pick. Pages just flew by. You might wanna keep that in mind.

Sarah Says: 4 stars

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31 comments

  1. Ooooh I’d never heard about this before seeing it mentioned by you and Alley (Meg? Other Kayleigh? Shit, I can’t remember, but someone during the readathon) and those photos are INTENSE. I had no idea that it was fiction, I’m going to have to try and track down a copy asap.

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  2. I had such high hopes for this book, I mean the pictures are downright terrifying, but it just didn’t grab my attention. I felt the plot dragged on and I wasn’t interested in Jacob. I found myself wanting to know more about the creepy kids in the pictures. It is good to see another view point on the book though!

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  3. I liked this one! The first half was definitely super spooky. πŸ™‚ If you’re interested in more Ransom before the next book, he also has a non-fiction book full of photographs … it’s really good!

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  4. I just finished Miss Peregrine’s for the RIP challenge as well. I thought the first half was tremendously enjoyable – the second half lost a little of its steam, IMO. A really great read for October, though, and I love the photographs so very much.

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  5. I started reading this one in a bookstore one day, ended up looking at all the photos, and I went home without it. I’d probably like it if I actually read the narrative, but I felt like I took out part of the surprise for myself by looking at the pics ahead of time. lol Bad Andi!

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    1. It was always so obvious when a sentence pointed to the next picture, but I didn’t mind it. He might be able to do it more smoothly in the next book, now that he has some experience under his belt.

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  6. It’s times like these I wish I used library. It sounds really interesting in the way that I would gladly take a look, but I’d probably not want to buy it. It does look like a proper October read πŸ™‚

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      1. There are libraries here, but I haven’t registered for any since I came to live in Helsinki. I used to go to library sometimes back when I lived in Estonia. But it’s definitely something I should look into, it’s just the matter of actually getting up and doing it πŸ™‚

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      2. Ha πŸ™‚ You should! Although it leads to me having like 15 books out from the library and not reading any of the hundreds of books I already own… so maybe you’re on to something!

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  7. I’m glad you’ve said this isn’t really YA cos I’ve sort of been hesitant to pick it up because of that. NOT that YA is bad or anything, but typically it denotes a type of book that I’m not normally the biggest fan of. I’ll need to check this out

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    1. I’m not a huge YA fan either. And if it wasn’t for the fact that I found this book for $2 at the used library bookstore, I might never have gotten around to it because so many YA-centric bloggers have praised it. Buuut it doesn’t fit my idea of YA, kind of like how Rowell’s teen books don’t really fit my idea of YA either.

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  8. I read this one on a plane- it was such great fun. I didn’t realize the next book was due out so soon (my time is divided into BEFORE Outlander and AFTER Outlander these days.) I’m going to have to check it out!

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    1. Oh man, the new Outlander is still 5 or 6 months away, right? That’s so looooong.

      I was pleasantly surprised that the author said it should be in January. That’s sooner than I was expecting. BUT he also doesn’t seem to have a title or solid release date yet, so maybe that’ll change.

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  9. every time i buy books online i add this book to my basket then i change my mind in the last minute, next time i won’t remove from the basket
    thank you for making me MORE excited

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