Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Book One in the Series of the Same Name
Published By: Quirk (June 7, 2011)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
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.


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.







This year I have made it my goal to pay more attention to my TBR pile and to read those books that I have been dying to start and to try those new authors that everyone is raving about but I never seem to have the time for.

Which brings me to Ransom Riggs and the creepy covers that are his books.

When I first saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children I was immediately drawn to it. Not only was the cover creeptastic and unusual but the synopsis drew me right in. I love this genre but let's face it, it is riddled with the same thing being done numerous times over. So when something stands out, you can bet I'm paying attention and taking note.

And this was unusual, in almost every sense of the word.

With a slow start I wasn't sure I was going to be able to really get into this but pushing forward and not giving up, about 30% in is when the magic began to happen and my attention was captured and held.

Riggs did an amazing job bringing a rag tag team of misfits together and fighting for one cause, all set in a world like our own but unlike anything done before in quite the same way.

Imaginative, fun, and yes, unusual, this is one book that once it picked up and the adventure begun, was truly hard to put down. 





64 comments:

  1. I have the book, I really need to try it

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    1. Do try it, it is definitely something different.

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  2. Yay! I plan to get the trilogy so that's good news. Really loved the movie trailer.

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  3. Yeah, this is one of those series, which everyone loves, but I don't really get, lol :) I read this one, thought it was okay-ish, but never went on to read the sequels. I think that, like you, I struggled to get into it, but unlike you, I just kept on struggling! :D Ah, well. I suppose you can't love them all, right? A wonderful review, Ali - are you going to see the movie, then? Hugs

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    1. I do want to see the movie! I can't resist books to movies adaptions even though more often than not they tend to let me down.

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  4. I've made it my goal to read this one this year, too because I know the movie is coming out. And man, I watched the trailer a million times already!

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    1. I still haven't seen it, I need to fix that.

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  5. I'm thrilled you enjoyed this, Ali! I've had this on my tbr list and finally started reading this with my girls - only problem is they keep falling asleep. I think we need to just make it past the 30% mark,
    lol :)

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    1. Yes, make it pass that and it will pick up and get more exciting. ;)

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  6. I'm glad this worked well for you. I've read so many mixed reviews I've almost started this one a bunch of times on my kindle. Great Review!!

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    1. If you do read it, just hang in there, it does pick up!

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  7. I'm about like you. I REALLY need to start paying more attention to my TBR pile. >.< This is one that I've been recommended a million times by friends but just hadn't gotten the chance to read yet. Did you know there will be a movie coming out soon based on it? I need to read it before then, I guess. XD

    Great review!

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    1. I didn't know when I first picked it up but now I'm excited to watch it!

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  8. I am so intrigued by this one. I LOVE those covers. I have heard it was a little slow which has put me off. I might have to put them back on my list!

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    1. It was slow but so much better after it picked up. My daughter has read the other two and really liked them.

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  9. I'm so glad you liked this one!! I really wanted to, too, but it fell flat to me. Can't wait for the movie though!! <3

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    1. Hopefully you'll like the movie better. ;)

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  10. Oh I liked this one too! I still need to read the second book. I was offered it on audio... but no! Not this visual kind of book. :)

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    1. Yeah the pictures are part of what makes it so much fun. ;)

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  11. I picked this one up (finally) two months ago I think? I've had the paperback for ages and I finally read it because I was going to meet the author and I wanted to have read at least one book of his. xD I really enjoyed it! Definitely want to check out the sequel.

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    1. Glad you liked it and how cool that you got to meet the author!

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  12. Great review Kindlemom, I should do that too, some books in my pile have cobwebs ;-) LOL

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    1. I know! It's hard to keep up sometimes isn't it?

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  13. I read this book a round a year ago, and I really liked it! But I still haven't picked up the rest of the series. I just haven't had the urge to pick it up. I probably should, but there are just so many other books that I also want to read! Great review! :)

    ~Anna @Adventures with a Book Nerd

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    1. I completely understand! I do that a lot with series sadly but like you said, there are so many books to try, it's hard sometimes to not want to start another before finishing one you already started.

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  14. I LOVE this series!!! I'm so glad you have had a chance to start it!!!

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    1. Thanks Becca! I just need to make time for the others now. I finally watched the trailer and loved it!!

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  15. I didn't like this book so much, but I thought the movie trailer looked splendid! The CGI was astonishing!

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    1. The trailer looks amazing, so excited for it!

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  16. I'm debating about reading (or listening to this) or just seeing the movie. I know, I know, the book will be better, but so many books, so little time. Movies I can get through quicker. I know, I'm a horrible book person. *hangs head in shame*

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Nah I've done the same thing, in fact I've done it with The Maze Runner series LOL!

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  17. Love your blog and I am a new follower on GFC <3
    I hope that you will follow me back :)

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  18. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was okay, but I seem to like it less than the majority of people.

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    1. It was different and I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone.

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  19. It can be a bit slow to start, but I love this one! I'm glad you liked it too. I need to get on it and read the next two. :)

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    1. Yeah but it was worth it, you're right.

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  20. I just can't get over the creepy cover. lol

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    1. There are pics inside that are pretty creepy too!

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  21. I aim to read this before the movie comes out. I'll take note of the slow start, I'll be sure to put it down for abit and pick it back up after a while

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    1. It will be worth it by about the middle. ;) The trailer for it looks fantastic!

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  22. I remember when I first read this, I think back in 2011 or 12 one of them, I wasn't sure if I would like it either! I had just purchased a new ereader, and was scrolling through some free books when I stumbled upon it. I definitely enjoyed it, but I have no clue why I haven't continued the series. I have Hollow City, but for some reason, I don't have a desire to pick it up just yet :/ lol

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    1. I kind of feel that way too but I'm sure I'll get to it.

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  23. I agree that this book had a slow start, but I'm so glad you stuck with it! I love this series!

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  24. This book has been on my tbr pile for such a long time! I really hope to get to it soon.

    I'm please to see that you enjoyed it, a great review!

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    1. Thanks and I hope you can read it soon and that you like it as well.

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  25. I haven't read this one either, but I want to before the movie comes out. It's good to know that the book takes a bit of time to get going, but otherwise it sounds right up my alley.
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. It did but I think you will like it too Nick.

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  26. I've never heard of this, Ali. But wow, it grabbed my attention. It sounds very interesting.

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  27. I like this one as well. I just haven't found the time to get and read the other 2 books. I'm thinking of just borrowing the audios from the library.

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  28. Glad you loved this one! I've heard it's really good and the movie looks amazing so I want to read it before it comes out! Great review

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    1. It does look amazing and this was definitely a good read.

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  29. With the movie coming out, I really need to hurry up and read this book. I have put it off because I get nervous that I won't love it, I've seen so many mixed reviews =/

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    1. And you might not but, you never know. Hopefully you will, just remember it is slow in the beginning. ;)

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  30. Oh my gosh, yeah. The covers are totally creepy. Yay for reading some you've been wanting to for ages. I really need to do more of that too.

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    1. It is nice to do it every once in a while at the very least.

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  31. This book was pretty, peculiar. I read it on a whim but I won't be reading any more of the books. Glad you liked it!

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    1. It definitely fits the title, that is for sure.

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  32. It does sound unique! Not sure it's one for me but I am glad you liked it in the end after the slow start :)

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    1. I was glad it picked up as well. ;)

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