Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Bk 1)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Bk 1 Author:Ransom Riggs A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. — AN ABANDONED ORPHANAGE. — A STRANGE COLLECTION OF VERY PECULIAR PHOTOGRAPHS. — It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As the 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 crum... more »bling 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.« less
This is the story of Jacob, the child of wealthy parents and who has a special bond with his grandfather. As a child, the grandfather used to tell him wild and fantastical tales of special children he used to know, children who had special abilities. When his grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, Jacob goes on a mission to find out what his grandfather's dying words were about. His search leads him to a remote island off of the United Kingdom where he finds a rotting mansion and strange happenings. This is a book where not everything is as it seems. I thought the author was wildly creative in telling this story. There were one or two minor plot points that were unresolved, but the story was very enjoyable. Some vintage, black and white photographs are used to further the story. I really enjoyed reading this and though it started somewhat slowly, by the end I was left wanting more. Fortunately, the author left the ending somewhat open for the possibility of a sequel.
Marissa R. reviewed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 25
A gripping read. Jacob grows up with his grandfather telling him 'fairy stories' and showing him 'fake' snapshots of fantastical persons...an invisible boy, a flying girl, a boy who has bees living inside him. Jacob, and his family too, discount these as ramblings, moreso as the grandfather ages. Then the grandfather dies, and the circumstances involved in and following his death send Jacob on an adventure where nothing is as it seems, and where the benign can kill you.
I read this in a little over an hour. Literally could not put it down. The vintage photos included in the text add to the creepy factor considerably.
Wow.... I really, really loved this book! It is unlike anything I've ever read before and I loved the random pictures throughout. This is a book all ages would enjoy and I really hope there would be a sequel because I didn't want it to end. This was a quick read for me, finished within 24 hours. So glad I found this book!
Looks like I'm in the minority here but I didn't like this book. I don't know exactly what I was expecting but I can tell you this was not it. What made me purchase this book was the fantastically creepy pictures throughout and I just couldn't wait to see what the story lines behind the pictures were. The main character visits an orphanage type home on an island to find these "peculiar" children there with these unrealistic abilities. I thought the plot was dull, the abilities too unbelievable, and the lack of creepiness to the story was such a let down after viewing the photos. I thought there could have been so much more creepiness and imagination to the story. I have to remind myself that this is labeled as a children's book (although I wouldn't let my 12 year olds read it because I thought there was just a tad too much mature content) and maybe that's why I was disappointed in the simplicity of the story. I don't recommend this book.
Here's an entertaining mix of history, fantasy, mystery, and the macabre. It creates an engrossing story with the successful use of vintage photographs that engages the imagination. Highly recommended! 4 stars.
My book club read this book, so I really tried to get into the story, characters, plot etc. I personally didn't love the book. I struggled to keep my interest, as I am not a fan of blending the Holocaust with fictional monsters and other made up elements.
I loved the pictures and parts of the story.
I wanted to love this book. Everyone talked about this book as if it were "THE" book to read. It started off really well, and I thought, how clever! We're going to have something slightly paranormal that's really an allegory to the horrors of the Holocaust. No. That would have been brilliant. The author should have run with that. Instead we get a foggy island, some kind of strange time-travel, Harry-Potter, X-Men mash-up with monsters that reminded me of the Langoliers. What I will give the author props for is his use of photography. The collection of old photography used in this book was so interesting and unusual. I think the author's desire to showcase this collection left him to make poor plot choices. There was one scene in particular that dropped very heavy clues to indicate there was a traitor in the group, and then....nothing. It's as if the author forget what direction he was going. I recommend looking at the photography in this book, but the story is optional.
It's clearly a young adult book. I see the likeness to Harry Potter that others have mentioned. While it was OK, I'm not sure I would read any of the many sequels. Nostly read it to see if it would be OK to give to my 12-year-old granddaughter. Yes.