Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

September 28, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, YA 4 ★★

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1
Published by Quirk on June 7th 2011
Number of Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

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 deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

This sounded good, and since my friends have been raving about it, and the movie based on it is coming out this month I decided to finally read it. And it was good, but it also wasn’t…

Let me explain. You know those first-in-a-series books that spend so much of the book setting up the story that it doesn’t really feel like an actual story? Yeah. That was this book. Some parts of it were interesting. Some parts dragged like crazy.

Almost the entire first half of the book is about Jacob and growing up on his grandfather’s stories. And how after his grandfather dies, he thinks he’s crazy and is sent to a shrink. After close to the half-way mark, he finally sets out for the island his grandfather grew up on. And we finally start seeing some of the things promised in the synopsis.

But even then, it’s in tiny bits and pieces. The book just dragged on and on for me. And then all of a sudden, after all the plodding along the book does, towards the end it suddenly picks up speed and you’re thrown into a spurt of action! Which then dies again for the last handful of pages as it continues to set up for the 2nd book.

The pictures were neat. A few of them were slightly creepy, but not overmuch. The book itself? Not creepy at all. Jacob was kind of boring actually. He only had one friend, and that one he said more than once was because he was helping the guy not fail English, in exchange for the other kid keeping the bullies away from him. And normally I would wonder exactly why Jacob didn’t have friends, and expect him to end up with lots of them once he found the Peculiar Children. But I just couldn’t care enough about Jacob as a character to wonder or care.

If not for the fact it’s Tim Burton making the movie, I don’t think I’d bother going to see it either. Your mileage may vary, but I won’t be reading the next book in the series.


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4 Responses to “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)”

  1. Greg

    I was never that excited about this series to begin with, it looked a bit creepy and not my thing (maybe it’s the B&W photos) but then I saw the movie trailer and was intrigued, so started thinking about trying it. I just don’t know… sorry to hear it dragged some, that’s too bad. I would have thought it would have a bit more happening… and I tend not to like it when it takes half a book to get to the premise of why I’m reading in the first place! So I’ll probably skip, but still see the movie. 🙂

    Nice review.

    • SilvaraWilde

      *nods* I hate that. When it takes half the book to get to what you thought you were getting for the entire book that is. The book itself honestly wasn’t very creepy at all. The pictures were the creepiest part of the entire thing, and even most of them weren’t creepy.

      Looking at the movie trailer, and then having read the book, you might be better off skipping the book and seeing the movie like you said. Mostly because the trailer? Seems to have taken a LOT of liberties! Like, the main female character in the book, her talent is fire. But in the trailer it’s air. Not sure how that will work as fire was super important for a few things in the book. It also looks like it will focus more on the 2nd half of the book, which is awesome. As it’s annoying enough to read a slow book, but watching a slow movie? No thanks. *lol*

  2. Lola

    I heard of this one and knew there was a movie, but the book never really appealed to me. I think it was the cover that just seemed a bit disturbing and not very appealing to me.
    Too bad to hear this one fell a bit flat for you, maybe the movie will be better as the pace usually moves faster there. It does sound like the book dragged quite a bit. It’s a shame when the first book spends too much time setting things up and not much happens. Great review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      The movie was amazing! Though it was almost nothing like the book. So that helped a lot! *lol* Almost anything that could be changed, was. Like, the main female character in the book? Her talent is fire. In the movie it was air. And they changed the entire end of the movie. Which ended up looking really good on screen, but… *shrugs*

      I think if you liked the book, you wouldn’t end up liking the movie because it was too different. But if you didn’t like the book, the movie will be great! *laughs*

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