Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

peculiar childrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594746036
ISBN-13: 978-1594746031

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

Available at Amazon: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Product description:

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.

My thoughts:

I have to admit that when I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I was expecting a dark YA horror story. While there is that element, I think that the book is more of a YA urban fantasy/mystery. The tale is perfect for Halloween with an awesome Gothic vibe, and the pictures are wonderfully creepy. I would recommend the book for the pictures alone.

Some of the elements of the story reminded me of Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish, while others reminded me of the Xmen. Being a YA novel, it is more creepy than scary. I actually chuckled several times as the tension built.

As I said before, I would recommend the book for the pictures alone. Having said that, this soon to be 55 year-old man enjoyed this “Young Adult” book. I give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 5 stars out of 5 and recommend buying a hardbound edition for your home library.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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