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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

October 31, 2014

Miss Peregrine

When Jacob’s grandfather dies in a horrible accident, Jacob thinks he sees a creature responsible for his death exit the woods.  Rather than chase it, he goes to try to help his grandfather who says to him:

Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940.

Haunted and confused by his grandfather’s directive, Jacob is determined to seek out its meaning.  He travels to Wales to see the home his grandfather grew up in and discovers it in ruins.  Still, there’s something there and Jacob is determined to find out what it is.  He finds a whole other world that explains so much about his grandfather’s life and death.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a very unique book.  Interspersed throughout the book are actual old photographs that suit the story perfectly.  At times it adds a really fun element to the story and, at others, it feels a little contrived.

Jacob is confused by the death of his grandfather and what he’s sure he saw that day and can’t understand why no one believes him.  His parents have put him in therapy but he doesn’t really think it helps until he gets his therapist to convince his parents to allow him to travel to Wales to see where his grandfather grew up.  Surely seeing Miss Peregrine’s Home will help him figure out what his grandfather meant in his cryptic message.

Jacob does find the answers he was looking for and they are beyond his wildest dreams.  They help him put the pieces together but they also put him in danger.  This book is full of supernatural elements and spine tingling moments and I liked it but didn’t love it.  I don’t read much fantasy, though, so I’m not the target audience.  Those who enjoy fantasy and the supernatural should pick up a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Quirk Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
33 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    October 31, 2014 7:23 am

    I’ve always wanted to read this one, but wasn’t sure it was one I wanted to buy. I might look for it at the library.

  2. October 31, 2014 7:48 am

    My sister in law recently recommended this one – I have it on my TBR list!

  3. October 31, 2014 7:52 am

    I ‘be seen this around for quite a while. Not my normal genre, but I think’d like to read this one.

  4. October 31, 2014 7:59 am

    I don’t really like supernatural in books either.

  5. October 31, 2014 8:39 am

    I have this one, but still need to read it. I love that it includes old photos- sounds like a fun addition to the story. From what you’ve described, I think I will really enjoy reading this one 🙂

  6. October 31, 2014 8:51 am

    I’ve been curious about this one. I don’t read fantasy, but I’ve heard really good things about it. Might try it on audiobook.

  7. October 31, 2014 10:20 am

    This has been on my reading list forever. Fantasy is hit or miss with me, but with the supernatural elements I’d probably like it.

  8. October 31, 2014 11:05 am

    I have been eyeing this one on and off for a while…I am still not sure about it, but I enjoyed your review. Thanks for sharing.

  9. October 31, 2014 11:22 am

    I like the looks of this one. It’s marketed well and the black and white cover speaks to me. But, I still haven’t gotten to it and I believe there is a 2nd book now.

    • Patty permalink
      October 31, 2014 9:39 pm

      There is a second book, Ti.

  10. October 31, 2014 12:50 pm

    I bought this for my nieces- it just looks so unique and cool.

  11. October 31, 2014 1:36 pm

    I read this one a while and liked it up until the end, which just annoyed me.

  12. October 31, 2014 3:12 pm

    I’ve flipped through this book once or twice in a bookstore, and I definitely agree that the pictures are really neat. I just haven’t gotten around to reading for myself quite yet.

  13. October 31, 2014 4:04 pm

    This has been on my shelf for awhile. I guess I didn’t realize it was fantasy….how did I miss that? I have to check it out and if it doesn’t work for me I’ll just pass it on to the school library.

  14. October 31, 2014 4:28 pm

    I don’t read fantasy much either, but the cover and the idea of more pictures intrigues me. Maybe the library is a good place to go for this one. Thanks!

  15. October 31, 2014 6:11 pm

    The library has it, yay

  16. October 31, 2014 7:34 pm

    So is this a YA book? I’ve been curious about it.

  17. October 31, 2014 9:12 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your honest opinion about this book. I am sort of interested in it due to the old photos.

    Have a safe and fun Halloween!

  18. Patty permalink
    October 31, 2014 9:40 pm

    I gave had this for a while and have not made time for it…but I love fantasy!

  19. October 31, 2014 10:11 pm

    I’ve thought about reading this on and off for a while, but just haven’t made up my mind for sure.

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    November 1, 2014 4:50 pm

    I have a copy of this one…might read it one day.

  21. November 2, 2014 1:09 am

    Nice pick for Halloween! I can’t wait to see what Tim Burton does with the movie.

  22. November 2, 2014 1:51 am

    I’ve heard great things about this book but the cover scares me so I’ve avoided it.

  23. November 2, 2014 11:57 am

    I remember that I liked this quirky little book. It’s kinda weird and unusual, but you already know that before you read it. lol. I haven’t read the newest one yet.

  24. November 2, 2014 1:25 pm

    I would like to read this book, since so many of my students have enjoyed it. Even though it’s been popular with my students, I didn’t know anything about this book, so thanks for an informative review.

  25. November 2, 2014 3:39 pm

    I had no idea that this one was targeted to YA audiences. My friend texted me recently to see if I had read it and whether it was scary, but it’s never really called to me.

  26. November 2, 2014 4:20 pm

    I too liked this one but didn’t love it. I did find the photos fascinating ~ some were creepy while others were really funny. . .but you’re right, at times the storyline seemed contrived

  27. jilllora permalink
    November 3, 2014 10:53 am

    What’s up with all the supernatural haters?!? 😉 I enjoyed this one, but also found it more hard to believe instead of creepy. Not that I need to believe in everything I read, but I think thenovellife has the right word…contrived. I’ve seen the second one in the store, but one book was enough for me.

  28. November 3, 2014 11:43 am

    Yours is the first review that has made me think I would like it! I don’t mind a little supernatural but I do hate contrived.

  29. November 4, 2014 12:01 am

    I’ve been really wanting to read this one. It sounds like something I would like.

  30. bookingmama permalink
    November 4, 2014 7:16 am

    I have a good friend that loved this book. I own a copy and should give it a try, but like you, I’m not sure I’m the ideal audience.

  31. Ryan permalink
    November 4, 2014 5:40 pm

    I read this one and enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I have the sequel waiting around, ready to be read. One day, though I’m not in a hurry, I’ll get to that one as well.

  32. November 11, 2014 3:49 pm

    I didn’t love it either, although I’m in its target audience. I agree that at some point it felt contrived.

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