Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. 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.
I think I was one of the last people on the planet to have read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and even though I was late to the party, I am so happy I decided to read it. I had seen the movie trailer and thought it looked interesting, but I always like to read the book before seeing the movie, so I made sure to finish it quickly so I could see the movie soon.
This is one of my favorite books I’ve read in a while. I instantly liked Jacob, the main character, who doesn’t quite fit in where he lives and isn’t happy, but he still manages to be endearing and funny, and definitely brave and intelligent. A tragedy shakes up his whole world and leads him to a small island off the coast of Wales. I thought the author’s use of imagery painted a perfect picture of the island and its residents, and also Miss Peregrine and the children. Each child was fascinating, and I loved learning about what makes them each pecuilar.
I’m trying to be as spoiler-free as possible in this review, because I was so happy to have read this book not really knowing exactly what I was getting into and discovering all the twists and turns that the plot took. I think this book had a perfect balance of humor, adventure, and definitely a dash of spookiness. The book isn’t too scary, but I definitely had moments in which my heart was pounding while I was reading.
The book is full of old photographs of (mostly) children, all of which have a bit of an odd vibe to them, and it really added to the story. It was fun to see the pictures depicting a certain event or character. It made me really want to scour thrift stores and other places and start collecting old photographs and trying to figure out the stories of the people in the pictures.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the blend of magic, oddity, spookiness, humor, and adventure it had. I experienced many emotions while reading this, from happiness to sadness to feeling completely unsettled and at times I felt like I had to look over my shoulder, just to be safe. I thought this was a perfect October read because of the whimsical, yet creepy nature it has. I recommend this book to anyone looking to go on an adventure and wanting a bit of spookiness along the way. It’s a fun and easy read, and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series.