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Novel Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1
YA ∴ Fantasy > Paranormal
Published June 4th 2013 by Quirk Books (first published June 7th 2011)
Paperback ∴ 382 pages

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of 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 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.

So, I didn’t take any notes on this so I’ma wing it. This was another book that I just quit on a long time ago and never got to see the ending; back before there was a sequel. I really enjoyed reading this, I love the incorporation of spoopy pictures and the atmosphere, but I felt a little disconnected from the story. It took a long time for things to get going. I spent nearly half the book wondering when we’d meet some magical children after listening to this kids inner monologue.

I admit, I wanted to finish this because of the upcoming Tim Burton movie and I always like to finish the book first, if I can. Even from the trailer, I can tell things have changed, but who knows if it’ll be better or worse.

I do intend to read the others, but I’m going to wait a while before I start because this one didn’t grab me as tightly as others (i.e. the Lunar Chronicles, where I put everything off to read the whole series). I gave it a 3-star rating on Goodreads because I’m expecting something spectacular from the others. It wasn’t bad in any sense, but it wasn’t fantastic. We’ll see how I feel after I finish Hollow City.

∴ 3 stars ∴

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