Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is visually stunning. It looks creepy, the photos are somewhat terrifying and the story seems fantastic. Unfortunately, the story was a little disappointing compared to the outside.. You’re opinion of this book probably depends on what you expected in the first place. My review is spoiler free and I hope it helps you decided whether or not to read it.
“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life in halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather, Abraham Portman.”
A family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob travelling to a remote island off the coast of Wales. He discovers the ruins of what was once Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the decaying building, he finds out the children might have been more than just peculiar. And they might still be alive.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was part awesome. part meh. Truth to be told, I didn’t have a clue about what to expect. Lots of things, including positive reviews/reactions from people in a Facebook group, convinced me to pick it up. I was also really interested in the photographs used to tell this story.
One of the reasons I wanted to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is because I thought it would be kind of scary-ish and creepy. Turns out it was very wrong. The entire book just screams “CREEPY! HALLOWEEN! SCARY! WEIRD!” just like the book trailer, it was cool and creepy and the entire vibe just fascinated me. I thought the movie trailer was way off from the book, but I think it’s actually quite on point. Let’s just say the movie trailer-vibe is really what you should expect from this book.
The characters in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children didn’t really get much of a backstory. Which makes sense, since it’s a big house full of them, but I expected a bit more from main character Jacob. There’s a short backstory for him, but that ends rather quickly. Also, I wasn’t very amazed by the children’s peculiarities. It didn’t feel like much of a big deal that these characters could do peculiar things.
My expectations (even though I didn’t know quite what to expect) were much different from what it was actually like, but I still liked the story. It wasn’t as dark and twisted as I thought it would be, but I genuinely enjoyed reading it. It’s not a bad story at all! It’s different and I like it. I guess your opinion depends on what you are/were expecting.
The story being told with photos was really great. I loved reading about something and then seeing a picture of it, but I didn’t really believe it. It was nice to be able to visualise certain things this way, but the pictures were sometimes opposite of what I was fantasising/visualising in my head. Next to the pictures, the pages marking a new chapter looked really fancy. The chapters were rather long, though, which I don’t like very much. The book’s look and feel is amazing, it’s the story that makes me not like it so much.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’s story was okay. It wasn’t predictable to me, but it could’ve used some more plot twists. There’s only one that really made me go like “woah!” but that’s it. I’m a big fan of plot twists, but unfortunately this story didn’t really have them.
My review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
Although I’ve seen a lot of very positive reviews on Goodreads, I do not think it’s that good. The book was visually beautiful, the story not so much. I really enjoyed reading it though, so I’m rating it 3/5. I do want to read the sequels to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but they’re not very high on my TBR.
About Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the debut novel of author Ransom Riggs. The book is part of a trilogy, including Hollow City (part two) and Library of Souls (part three). You can get the book on Book Depository. The book’s movie adaption will come out in September 2016.