Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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. – Goodreads.com

 

I am going to start our kind of bluntly and say this one really missed the mark for me.

The concept of matching a story to antique and other worldly looking photographs was excellent. I really enjoyed the visual aspects of this novel. I did find the story lacking, however, and found a lot of it unbelieveable even as a fantasy. If you’ve read it, you should understand what I mean by the birds. I hated the birds idea. I think that’s where I lost it.

A few of the images also didn’t relate very well to some of the photos, or were a bit too simple for my liking. I know this isn’t an adult fantasy novel so maybe I shouldn’t hold such high hopes but I did, and I do.

I did enjoy the first half of the novel and the story line relating to the grandfather, as well as the “other” world and the home itself. I just couldn’t stay immersed in the world that was created and I think once that little bit of doubt seeps in when you’re reading fantasy, it’s all over from that point.

I’m still interested to see the movie, however. I can’t wait to see the characters and the world itself. I have really high hopes for it. I don’t think that I’ll read the rest of the novels in this series though.

Pros

  • Photos broke up the story
  • Great concept

Cons

  • The fantasy broke for me
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