Pin and save for later, or click through to read more! Book review for the very popular read, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Full of eerie pictures, twist-and-turns, laughs and suspense, the book is quite a wild ride and a great rid that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Peculiar is not a word that you hear much of anymore. It is usually reserved for something a bit strange, a bit out of place, a bit amiss. But in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, it denotes a state of strange wonder. It's used to describe something a bit strangely interesting. a bit out of place and time, a bit of something you'll miss if you fail to look and listen properly.



I'm honestly the kind of girl who gets scared from seeing horror movie posters. No, actually I'm the kind of girl who gets scared at the words "horror movie". The last scary film I saw scarred me so badly, I haven't seen one since and that was 5 years ago. So, when I saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children's book cover, you'll have to understand why despite the intriguing premise, I was more than a bit reluctant to begin reading. It literally took me years to work up the nerve to look at the book, let alone sit down alone in my room one night and begin reading. But boy am I glad that I did. It was eerie. It was suspenseful. It was spectacular. It was peculiar.

For years Jacob has listened to the tales of his grandfather's strange past. A past that was not merely spent fighting in wars, but fighting monsters. A play on words and periods in time that can't go unnoticed and whose message interlaced subtlely into the rest of the story provides a lesson of morality as well as bravery. Flash forward a few years, and Jacob is living a less than extraordinary life so when faced with the peculiar circumstances of his grandfather's death his life is split into Before and After. In the "after" lies all the fun, danger, suspense and peculiarities of his new life and that of Miss Peregrine's wards in her orphanage. We follow Jacob as he tries to make sense of his grandfather's past in order to understand his unusual and unclear future. In his search for the particularly talented children, he lifts the veil of his own seemingly ordinary world and life.

Jacob's journey is accompanied by photographs which spread throughout the book add another level of creepiness. At times I found myself speeding through the page adjacent to the photo in order to get the subjects' gaze off of me. The visual element made the story almost seem believable (I mean we've all seen those weirdly magical looking old-timey pictures right?) and led to a whole melee of emotions and questions. Who are the people in the photos? Are the children still children? What if the "home" is secretly some place where Miss Peregrine does experiments on her "children"? Let's just say I was pretty darn spooked. And as you finish the book so will you, but like some sort of adrenaline junkie you'll be pretty thrilled that you are and you'll be excited for the next installment of Miss Peregrine  and her home for Peculiar Children. Warning: the cover page for the second one is even creepier.

Fave quotes: 


“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Pin and save for later, or click through to read more! Book review for the very popular read, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Full of eerie pictures, twist-and-turns, laughs and suspense, the book is quite a wild ride and a great rid that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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