Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Rating: StarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal

(Miss Peregrine #1)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends 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, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.

*****

Please don’t be fooled. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not a creepy book. The concept might be original (creating a story using actual and spooky photographs), but it is nothing more than a gimmick to entice you to pick it up.

Reading this in preparation for Halloween is so freaking disappointing. I think the first 2-3 chapters are suspenseful enough. But once the story was revealed behind the Miss Peregrine’s Home… GAH. It went flat, boring, and downright predictable.

Jacob irked me the most is when he just up and decided that he can leave and live without his family. Duh. He didn’t even try to stay, make amends with his dad, and start over their lives. One word from some hot chick (pun intended), and *poof* he was gone from his old life. Loser.

Once I got past the creepy photos, the story didn’t hold my attention any longer. It is typical YA Paranormal book at its worst gimmick.

So what did I like about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Jacob’s grandfather. That’s it.

*goes to pick up a new book more fit for Halloween*

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  1. When I saw this book in your October reads, I actually waited for your review. I have this on my to-read shelf, but I guess this will have to wait awhile. Have you started Thirteenth Tale already? Would you want to buddy read it with me after we’re done with The Historian? 😉

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