MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN By Ransom Riggs [Review]
Let me start out this review of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN with a warning. I like strange things. I’m eclectic in my tastes and the darker the story the better. That being said Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was amazing.
The story was something that I hadn’t read before, but somehow seemed hauntingly familiar. Riggs’ writing style is superb. He has the ability of capturing the small idiosyncrasies of a story that make it great. The description of a noise, or how a building looks, all were vividly clear in my head as I read this novel.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the story of Jacob, a boy who yearns to be more. He wants adventure, he wants to be different. Like most of us, Jacob comes to terms with the fact that he is not adventurous, and his life is just ordinary. He starts to accept this, until his grandfather mumbles a few words on his deathbed that send Jacob on a quest.
Throughout Jacob’s life, his grandfather had told him stories of his childhood which included orphans that had amazing abilities, and who lived on an island where they hid themselves away from monsters. As he grew up, Jacob started to wonder if his grandfather’s stories were true, and decided that they were just stories. That is until his grandfather dies and Jacob sets out to find Miss Peregrine.
What is unique about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the way the book is laid out. It isn’t only narrative, there are photographs sprinkled through the story. Instead of making it seem like a picture book (the way I feared it would), the images just add to the stories’ mood.
I absolutely loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a book that will allow you to lose yourself in the pages.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Quirk Books | Pages: 352 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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