Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
RaeleighReads rating: 5 out of 5 coffee cups
“Scattered toys, evidence of children long gone, lay skinned in dust. Creeping mold had turned window-adjacent walls black and furry. Fireplaces were throttled with vines that had descended from the roof and had begun to spread across the floor like alien tentacles.”
A perfect marriage of literature and visual arts, Miss Peregrine’s is a brilliant book, and I’m recommending it to everyone.
First, this book is gorgeous. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be dazzled by the trappings, but seriously just go look at this thing. The paper is heavy and thick. Each chapter begins with a decorative page, and each page itself has a decorative swirl along the bottom, denoting the page number. Interspersed between and integral to the story, are wonderful old photographs that Mr. Riggs found, collected, and incorporated. The book itself is a work of art, and I love that!
Now, if it had only been pretty to look at, I wouldn’t have given it five coffee cups, but Miss Peregrine’s is also a compelling read. If I had zero distractions, I would have gobbled this thing up in one sitting. Alas, life happens so it took me two days to read. But as my family can attest, I was loathe to put it down.
Now then, Miss Peregrine’s follows the story of Jacob Portman, a wealthy, slightly awkward sixteen-year-old with no real life aspirations. But then, Jacob is catapulted into a world he was not prepared for, and I absolutely adored the way he rose to the challenge. Mr. Riggs’s character development is magnificent; all of the characters, even the peculiar ones, felt so real to me. Also, there is a subtlety to Riggs’s writing so that you aren’t even cognizant of the change that is occurring in the characters until it has already happened. And then you just kind of sit back and say wow.
The book is categorized as young adult, and I absolutely think young people can and do enjoy this immensely. That said, Riggs’s writing has a sophistication to it that I believe many adult readers will appreciate. To sum it up in three words: I am impressed.
I was expecting a lovely fantasy story, a quick YA read. I got all of that, but I also got wonderful craftsmanship and artistry. I loved this; go get it!
Some opinions you may be interested in:
“I loved the cover of this book, and it all started out well. Alas, about half-way through the story lost steam.“– BrooklynReader on Amazon
“In short, this novel was a disappointment. With its cast of children with special talents and its just-odd-enough matriarch, you would assume the story would practically write itself, but I found the novel boring and slow.“– Sarah M. Ruggles on Amazon
Some other opinions you may find useful:
“Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life.”—Geeks of Doom
“Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.”—Associated Press
Check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and give it a read.
Book review contributed by Raeleighreads. An avid reader and self-proclaimed opinionated know-it-all, it only made sense for this blogger to start a book review blog. She is quite detailed with her submission policy, which makes it helpful for authors to submit what’s applicable.
17 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Book Review”
I read it this past summer and didn’t enjoy it so much. I feel as though I need to give it another chance, though, considering everyone else seems to love it. Perhaps I was just too busy/distracted at the time.
Great, thanks, it is always the YA label that has put me off, but having read this I’m going to put it on my list
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This is one of those books on my to-read list that I haven’t gotten around to yet. I heard somewhere that a movie version will be coming out soon.
Love the whole series!!! Can’t wait to finish Library of Souls
I loved it and can’t wait for the movie which is supposed to come out this upcoming Christmas!
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This book has been on my tbr list for so long, but for some reason I never picked it up. Now that a movie is being made, and by none other than Tim Burton, I have to give it a try!
I didn’t love this book, and couldn’t remember why, but apparently I read it back when my blog posts were short and casual. Alas. http://ananthologyofclouds.com/2012/03/30/11-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-by-ransom-riggs/
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Thanks! I added the book to my TBR list. If I enjoy the story as much as you did, I’ll buy the series.
Nice review. Thanks for sharing.
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The cover grabbed my attention right away, and after reading the review, I’m putting this book on my to-read list.
Sounds good. And I don’t think the look and feel of a book is insignificant – I do love a beautiful book!
I’ve wanted to read this book for so long! Glad to hear you liked it, maybe I’ll try to read the series sometime soon.
I have had this book for years, I have even started it a few times and, somehow.. it always ends up getting put down and passed over. I think i’ll make more of an effort to actually read it now.
Great review, thanks for sharing it!