Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publication date: 7 June 2011 by Quirk Books
ISBN 10/13: 1594744769 | 9781594744761
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Keywords: Fantasy, magic, monsters, photographic
Format: Hardcover, Kindle, Audible
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.
I saw this trailer at the end of spring and got the heebie-jeebies. The concept itself is pretty creepy on it's own--coupled with the photographs, it gave me chills! However, upon reading the book, I didn't really get scared all that much past the middle of the story. By then I was already drawn into the tale and imagining myself some weird talent (really, not a hard thing to do if you're me) and running alongside the peculiar children.
I hate giving out spoilers, and the jacket copy above is already pretty revealing, so I won't say much more. I thought the words were well written, but the photos are what really made this novel so fun and appealing! There is a large cast of characters, and I must have been really engaged by the story, since I didn't find it confusing and always knew who was who. I'm not usually surprised to find out who the bad guy is, but Ransom Riggs caught me off guard! It's the kind of feeling I relish--one of the reasons I love reading and watching mysteries.
As a horror novel though, it's not very scary once some secrets have been revealed and you know what's going on. This is still a great book for Spooktacular October, but if you really want your spine to tingle, pick up Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender. While there are no actual photographs included, it creeped me out the way I expected Miss Peregrine's to do. It turns out Miss Peregrine's is suitable for scaredy cats like me--at least I was able to sleep after that! :P
And hey, if you love spooky books like Kimberly, Thuy, and I do--read 'em both! Check back tomorrow for more Spooktacular reviews.
Bad Girls Don't Die trailer:
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