Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

Author:Ransom Riggs

Rating: 4/5 stars

Description

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar 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 it’s decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s 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. 

Review

To clear a popular misconception-no, this is not horror or paranormal. A lot of people, it seems, as myself, think that it’s a horror or paranormal story. Maybe it’s because of the aesthetics or the fact that there are creepy pictures in it but this book was at most, extremely creepy. I would rather call it a fantasy and a creepy one at that. I’m glad I read it during October because it was a very fitting read. 

I feel like I really liked this book because not only was I really in the mood to read fantasy but also because the author did a great job at presenting this story. I would never call fantasy a favourite genre because I get bored easily and confused within the spiralling vortex of descriptions but I could really admire Riggs’ style. He has a way with painting with words. 

As mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of the genre therefore, I do not have a lot of experience with it. With that being said, I have to say I found the concept really unique and the world building was perfect. It could be a completely different experience for a fantasy lover and maybe this concept is a saturated one in the fantasy genre-I wouldn’t know. It was just that this was the first time I read anything like this. 

Furthermore, I grew really attached to the characters and was very fond of the relationships between them. I loved the bond between the peculiars, it warmed my heart. My favourite character would have to be Millard because he had a good sense of humour (if you haven’t noticed yet, I choose my favs according to who makes me laugh first). I can’t really put my hand on it but there’s just something about him which really demands you to love him. 

Moreover, yes, there is a lot of character development. Jacob, the main character, goes through the most development, in my opinion. He starts out as a character with no hope or will to push his boundaries, regardless of the fact that he grew up listening to fairy tale-like-tales. He’s bullied and weak-willed. However, by the end of the story, he’s singlehandedly battling monsters and sacrificing more than you can imagine. 

On the other hand, as you’ve noticed, I had to deduct one star from my rating. There are two reasons for that. Firstly because there were so many names that I started confusing one person with another. However, the author did do his best not to familiarise us with characters. I realised there was nothing else to blame but my memory because whenever he would bring in a character who wasn’t mentioned often, he would remind us of the character with Jacob’s flashbacks to photographs. 

Secondly, I should first mention that Jacob’s father sort of goes through a existential crisis. This sort of effected his personality but I can understand that. The reason why I’m so bothered is because Jacob acknowledges that and still doesn’t try to talk to his dad and encourage him to follow his dream. There was a moment when Jacob is with his father and even says he doesn’t want to get into that stuff (referring to his dad’s crisis) and so he just doesn’t talk about it. That really made me feel bad and like his character a little less. 

In conclusion, I thought this was a great introduction to a series and I will most definitely be continuing it. 
Fun fact: did you know that, apart from a couple pictures, most of the pictures in this book were actually real? 

 

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Published by Eshadi Sharif