Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
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. – From Goodreads
This book was not what I imagined it to be at all, it wasn’t a horror read. It just had an eerie feel to it. The plot was unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
I know that a lot of people feel like the photographs are forced. I can see where they’re coming from, but for me, the photographs just made the book alive which made me love the story and the book a lot more. It’s hard to believe the fact that they’re untempered, real, vintage pictures. It makes me wonder how the actual pictures were taken, and what the story of the people in them is. My favorite one is the department store Santa, it gave me serious chills. When I first came across it, I was reading alone in a corner in my room and got so scared that I went out to the living room to read next to my mom, haha. The writing style is nothing special, but it does paint a nice picture. I loved reading about the pictures and imagining them in my head, then flipping the page and seeing the actual photograph.
I loved all characters, and the pictures just made them come to life. Their powers are soooo cool! I want to live with them for a week, just to see what it’s like. There was a lot of character development in this book, especially on Jacob and Emma’s part. I will have to say that I’m not very comfortable with the idea of Jacob and Emma, for obvious reasons to people who read the book. There was also minor character development for some of the side characters.
Overall, it was a fantastic read, you should pick this book up if you’re in the mood for something different and a tad creepy.