Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Book Club edition (June 7, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1594744769
  • Author: Ransom Riggs
  • Cover art: I like it very creepy.
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf.

Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
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.

(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

This is a perfect book for Halloween. The story itself isn't scary per-say, but the pictures that the book is chalk-full of are very creepy in an odd eerie sort of way.
The story was very original, the characters were fun and unique.  It's a hard one to review and not giveaway anything.  This is a book where literally anything is possible. I do wish that grandpa was in the book himself, not just spoken about, but there are obvious reasons why this can't be. 

I liked Enoch's character and the character of Emma. Emma was really sweet but she also had a very suspious side to her, she wasn't very trusting. 

The stories that Grandpa tells are set when he was a child during WWII. He speaks of "monsters" which has a dual meaning of monsters and in my opinion the Nazi regime, as we learn about Grandpa and some of the other children being Jewish. I thought it was a nice touch to have this little historical theme within the book.

All in all I liked the book and I think most people would like it, the pictures really added to the book. It's a fairly fast read and well worth it.

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