Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Rating: ★★★★★
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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 saved this one particularly as a halloween read because I thought it would really be creepy. Well it wasn’t creepy enough for me, but it was very much amazing! I loved the story, the characters, the photographs. I loved everything!

The cover was catchy enough for me to decide to try this book because I, personally, love horror/ghost stories. Yeah, I thought this book was about ghosts, alright. Maybe because of the levitating girl in the cover. Well, it turned out to be cooler than ghosts. I found the peculiars to be really interesting. I think their peculiar traits are very interesting and yeah, cool! I do have to admit though that some of the photos creeped me out but that did not stop me from reading the book.

The book also dealt with the aspect of time-travelling which was, yet again, cool! I liked the idea of the island in a time loop, like an alternate universe, which reminded me of Donnie Darko (aka one of the weirdest movies I’ve seen but I really love it).

I think the concept of the story as a whole was very fresh, unique and mysterious. It’s really nothing I’ve ever read before. The photographs also reminded me of David Lynch’s works, especially the midget in Twin Peaks. I have to tell you that I’m a big fan of Twin Peaks, which was pretty much another peculiar show, but this time on TV. (Oh my god, I’m such a weirdo. Hahaha!) And David Lynch was actually mentioned in this book! I’m sure every fan of Lynch would enjoy this book. Well not only Lynch fans, but I also think everyone would really enjoy reading this book. I have to warn you though not to be carried away by the photos in the book. They might seem really creepy or scary but they’re really tied up to the story.



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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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