Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, #1
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious 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 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.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was not at all what I was expecting, but it was different in a whole other wonderful way. I guess I was expecting it to be a horror book, with all of those creepy pictures. I never really read the full synopsis, which is why I was a little mislead. While these images are creepy alone, reading Ransom Rigg’s amazing story compiled along with the images will make you look at them in a new way.
The story is definitely peculiar – unlike anything else I’ve read before. It was magical, tragic, eerie, and exciting all at once. The paranormal aspects of the story were written perfectly, and like I said before, the images enhanced my vision for what Ransom Riggs was seeing when he wrote the book.
This is the second book in a row that I’ve read that has a male as the sole POV, and I really loved Jacob. He has that dry humor, but is still soft and emotional. I kind of wanted to give him a hug!
The other characters were fun, too. My favorite side character would have to be Emma. She was one of the only other side characters whose past was talked about in more detail. The blossoming romance between Jacob and Emma was definitely cute, but I’m still weirded out a little (you’ll know what I mean if you read the book)…
I liked how the end of the book gave me some closure that should be enough to hold me over until I can read the second book in the series! Overall, Miss Peregrine’s was a book that transported me away to the island with these strange children and took me on an adventure that I cannot wait to continue!