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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the story of sixteen year old Jacob. For years, people have thought his grandfather to be mad, ranting about monsters out to get him. However, after his mysterious death in the woods, witness by Jacob, his grandson begins to come round to the idea of supernatural beings.

He travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales to the orphanage where his grandfather grew up in an attempt to try and uncover the secrets of his grandfather’s past. What he finds there is not at all what he expected and is very much peculiar.

Miss Peregrine’s Home is one of the most talked about YA books of the year and the film adaption by Tim Burton hit cinema screens earlier this month. As such, I had hugely high expectations of this novel and unfortunately this story didn’t quite live up to them.

What struck me most was just how different this story was to what I imagined. I spent the first few chapters trying to wrap my head around this world and the layout of the book, which was just so peculiar. Instead of being very supernatural, this book was gothic. It’s not really ‘magic’ per say but rather strange and spooky beings. The whole vibe of the book was very different from what I expected, not altogether in a bad way.

The world created by Ransom Riggs is wonderfully imaginative and unlike anything I have ever read before. You get alternate realities, time travel, the supernatural, the strange, so many different genres and styles are mixed together to make this perfectly bizarre novel. 

You will undoubtedly fall in love with all the children, who all seem so innocent and sweet, but most importantly, are all so very peculiar. Each child is peculiar in a different way and it’s fascinating to read about all their different ‘powers’.

Weirdly, the characters Jacob and Emma came across as incredibly young to me when reading this so it came as a shock when later on I found a photo of them and they are in fact in their late teens. The relationship between them seems rather infantile and is borderline creepy at times (you’ll see what I mean when you read it).

The children all seem very infantile and the photos show them to be quite young too, so I’m not really sure what to make of that. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how all these characters are brought to life on the big screen as I think this story could be adapted to each and every person’s own imagination in a very different way.

The most notable thing about this book when you pick it up is the photographs found every few pages. They are scattered throughout the whole novel and are really quite chilling. They are all in black and white and depict strange children and adults from centuries gone by.

Without these, I think this book would have been a little creepy but with them it is haunting. These definitely add a whole other dimension to the story and make it feel so much more ‘real’. There were a few passages that I genuinely found uncomfortable to read because they were scary or ‘horrific’. I did think it strange to find these passages in a kid’s book but fit in well with the rest of the story and make it that little bit more exciting.

All in all, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an excellent start to a bizarre series. This book gets off to a very slow start, but if you stick with it, it starts to come together in the second half. This book is definitely more of an “introduction” to the series as it introduces us to Jacob’s world and the strange things in it; however, there isn’t a huge amount of action, which is disappointing.

The last few chapters are very exciting and this book ends on a cliffhanger so I still have high hopes for the rest of the series, but this one didn’t quite live up to expectations. I’d definitely still recommend it though and would say that readers should stick with it for the wonderful world building and the excitement yet to come!

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30 Comments

  1. 3rd November 2016 / 5:40 PM

    I brought this and read the first few chapters and then fell out of my reading groove I would be interested to try it again as it sounds like a book I should love.

  2. LaaLaa
    3rd November 2016 / 5:43 PM

    Now this sounds like a good book, I like the fact it’s got those photos scattered through the book X

  3. 3rd November 2016 / 6:11 PM

    I can’t wait to see the film. I usually try to read the book first but my reading pile is so huge at the moment 🙂

  4. Ami Elizabeth
    3rd November 2016 / 7:13 PM

    I don’t know this story at all, but I am really hoping to watch the movie when I get chance. x

  5. Jo Wiggins
    3rd November 2016 / 7:27 PM

    I’ve read this book and I agree, you need to stick with it as it gets better towards the end x

  6. Kathryn
    3rd November 2016 / 8:54 PM

    I haven’t read the book or seen the film but I definitely want to xx

  7. 3rd November 2016 / 8:56 PM

    Gothic – good word to describe it. I read the first book when it came out, lured in by the promise of cool photography. It came off as a little gimmicky but the story was fun. I read the entire series and saw the movie which didn’t follow the script but was fund nonetheless. Hope you enjoy the rest!
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  8. 3rd November 2016 / 9:12 PM

    Ever since I saw the movie I have been meaning to read the book. I have it sat on my shelf so need to get on that soon x

  9. 4th November 2016 / 8:28 AM

    I’ve picked up this book a few times and considered it but the creepy photos really put me off! Would be interested in seeing the film though.

  10. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    4th November 2016 / 12:00 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read this for a while but never got round to it x

  11. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    4th November 2016 / 12:48 PM

    I actually have this on my Amazon wishlist. I need to buy it and get round to reading it.

  12. fashion-mommy
    4th November 2016 / 5:05 PM

    My niece is a little obsessed with this book and is going to see this soon.

  13. 4th November 2016 / 8:43 PM

    It actually sounds really quite scary, I didn’t think it would be. I’m intrigued to read it though.

  14. Beautyqueenuk
    4th November 2016 / 9:32 PM

    This has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while now, so I definitely need to get it c

  15. 4th November 2016 / 10:11 PM

    I’ve not heard of this series before but it sounds good, I think it might be better suited to my niece though x

  16. 5th November 2016 / 8:52 AM

    This sounds like a fab series. I bet it is a good read.

  17. Elodie
    5th November 2016 / 9:08 AM

    This sounds so good! I definitely will put it on my Christmas list!

  18. Mellissa Williams
    5th November 2016 / 2:45 PM

    I can see how this book would make a brilliant TIm Burton film. The photo on the front of the book is quite eerie!

  19. Ayesha Farhad
    5th November 2016 / 2:53 PM

    Saw this on your Facebook page and I think I am going to buy it for myself if not for my little man. He’s too small to read yet but I am so excited now!

  20. 5th November 2016 / 4:28 PM

    I think i’d like to read this, the film looked good and I could share the book with my daughter!

  21. 6th November 2016 / 11:10 AM

    Very good review. Sounds like an interesting series to read.

  22. Melanie Edjourian
    6th November 2016 / 4:59 PM

    I really want to the the film of this. I should get the book too so I can get the girls to read it.

  23. Hannah Latoya Bond
    6th November 2016 / 8:53 PM

    I haven’t read the book, but i really want to see the movie

  24. Anthea
    6th November 2016 / 10:07 PM

    This is on our list of movies to see. If the girls like the movie them I’ll definitely be buying this for them.

  25. 6th November 2016 / 11:04 PM

    I’ve seen the trailer for the film but I’m not sure if I fancy the book at all! It sounds a bit too creepy for me.

  26. 7th November 2016 / 1:11 PM

    I really want to see this film, but also want to read the book so I am not too sure where to start. Even though you may have felt it didn’t live up to expectations I like that you said there was a cliffhanger and that the ending was quite exciting. I think I may end up picking it up. x

  27. 7th November 2016 / 3:11 PM

    This sounds like a really interesting read – I really wanted to see the film, but I definitely prefer reading the books first.

  28. jigsawparenting
    13th November 2016 / 10:17 PM

    Oh I heard of the film but didnt know it was a book too – I may just have to add it to my wish list

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