Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Paranormal /Fantasy
Publication Date: June 7th 2011
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. 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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
I had heard a lot about this book, good and bad. I am not really sure why it took me so long to read this novel because the second I saw the almost haunting cover, I was all in.
So, did this book live up to its hype? Yes and no. I expect this book to be a little more creepy than it actually was. Then again, it’s YA and I’ve never been freaked out by a YA horror/paranormal book yet. Too desensitized from watching too many horror movies growing up.
The story goes at a fairly steady pace but you have to remember that this is a series and this book is setting up everything, so there were certainly parts that dragged on a little. I loved the photos that were in the book, it brought everything to life for me. However, at times I thought some of the photos were just being put in there for the sake of having photos and I got tired of hearing “I remember seeing that photo,” it did not always flow for me. I think we should have been introduced to the photos at first and then just have them naturally included in the book as it progressed. I also don’t know how I feel about the love story that evolves in this book. It was a little underdeveloped and since it was a very odd premise of a relationship to begin with, I think it needed more attention for me to understand and get on board with it. I’m not sure if I can see myself shipping these two, if only because of who they both are makes me raise my eyebrow a bit.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children also had the theme of time travel, which I did not expect at all and usually hate that theme, but I thought it worked pretty well in this case. I was actually interested in hearing more about it. The book picks up quite a bit in the end, which helped and got quite exciting and left off with a cliffhanger.
I hope the next book gives us more insight on some of the characters and some of the children are developed more. Good book overall and I will be reading the next two books in the series soon.