Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first novel in a three-part series by best selling author Ransom Riggs. The series follows a tale of young children with Peculiar abilities who live under the care of ymbryne Alba LeFey Peregrine. The book was originally intended to be a children’s picture book but it was Riggs’ editor who inspired him to come up with a story to go with the images making them work alongside the narrative.
About The Author
Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker. He grew up in Florida and studied at Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. His first novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, was a #1 New York times best seller. Riggs currently lives in California and is married to fellow author Tahereh Mafi.
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 desert island for a good reason. And somehow – impossible though – 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.
Okay so I’m going to be honest, I had this book on my shelf along with ‘Hollow city’ the second novel for almost a year and despite how much I wanted to read it I just hadn’t had the burning desire to pick it up from my TBR. It was not until recently with the excitement of the movie (which is out 30th Sept 16) that I felt the desire to pick it up.
NOW let me tell you, I am SO angry with myself for not picking up this book sooner!!! This book is literally INCREDIBLE! I devoured the book in just under 24 hours and was completely thankful that I had already picked up the second novel ‘Hollow City’. The book was a fun, quick and easy read that was extremely engaging and most defiantly allowed me to be easily emerged in the world to which it is set in.
The thing I loved most about this book was how well the vintage photographs worked along side the narrative to create the story. The images, although some seemed to be photoshopped, did indeed look real and sparked an interest for me in particular for exploring things that appear to be peculiar as well as allowing me to gain a appreciation for things that are out of the norm.
I found the book to be an addictive read and literally could not put it down!!!! Literally… as sleep deprived me at 2am still determined to read eventually feel asleep, head in book, at 3am😂 Obviously though I awoke the next day and marathoned through till the end.
I seriously recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!! If you have this book on your self but have not picked it up / even haven’t picked it top yet… GO PICK IT UP & READ IT, thank me later. Honestly read it before the movie because the movie looks very different from trailers (it still looks amazing though and I’m defiantly going to watch it tomorrow).
For a book crammed to the brim with excitement and appreciation for difference I give this book …
5/5 stars ★★★★★