21 April, 2018


Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author:  Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Quirk
Release: 2011
Source: Paperback
Pages: 352

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 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, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. 

EXPECTATIONS: This book has been hyped since I can remember however the only I picked it up was because I owned a copy and I was giving a try to all the books I wanted to get rid of and yeah...that's pretty much how I ended up reading it. 

THE WORLD: There two words in this book. One is very much our ordinary world where the granddad just died and his grandson is going through the grief. The other world is this fantastical world where Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children is and where magic and all sorts of things happen. 

CHARACTERS: Our main character is Jacob and he is said to be 16 years old. Before we go into a character itself Jacob is nowhere near 16, he acts like 12 or maximum 13 years old. Alright, so Jacob is this very lonely kid who has no friends besides his grandfather and upon his death he needs to face life on his own. He does of course have his family but nobody understand him until one day he travels to Wales where he discovers a magical world where Miss Peregrin and all her kids live. There of course he meets new friends and even falls in love but then monsters come...I think you got the idea right? Jacob is not a real person, he is created in a way that author could tell a story of this abandoned orphanage with its pure children. I did neither like nor could sympathize with Jacob or any other characters for that matter. Everything felt just so unrealistic and forced and most of it the main character. 

ROMANCE: Jacob does find love in mysterious Peregin's home for peculiar children but of course it is not possible because of the rules of the world so we are supposed to be heart broken for this poor kid who did not just lose his only friend but now also his first love. Frankly, the romance was just annoying and often creepy. Also, the decisions Jacob was making based on it were just ridiculous... 

GOOD: This book contains a lot of weird photos of these peculiar children we read about. 

BAD: The book felt extremely flat and undeveloped. As I already mentioned none of the characters felt like a person but rather like they were just tools to tell the story and I really really dislike this style. I want to feel things when I read the book and not just to be wowed by oh how clever the idea is. 

OVERALL: Needless to say I did not like the book and will not continue with the series. I actually already unhauled it. 




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