Book Review, Books

Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children – Ranson Riggs

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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 first heard of this when I started watching booktube and from numerous booktubers but the one who spoke the most about it and fangirled over it so bad was jessethereader he is like obsessed with this series and sometimes I was like maybe it’s a little overhyped so I didn’t bother with it, though I had brought the book to maybe try in a few months or weeks or when I was ready. You probably know that the trailer came out recently and it was fantastic, I loved it, so I decided maybe it’s time to pick up the book. So I did last night, and I read it in one sitting and it took me about 2-3 hours to read the whole thing and it deserved every little bit of hype it got.

First, I’m going to talk about the cover and the prettiness of the book as a whole  before I start actually getting into the review, it has the little girl who is levitating on the cover and I love it, loads of people have said it’s creepy but I don’t think it is that creepy. I just don’t feel like it’s a super creepy book from the outside, maybe a little weird but not creepy. But the cover is beautiful the picture the colours and I love how she’s kind of levitating over the title, it’s beautiful. Also, a point on how the chapters are separated I love how they just have a black page with a little pattern on it, so simple and works and I love it. And the feel of the cover is just something I cannot describe.

Now onto the actual pictures in the story, erm they were fucking creepy, like those creeped me out some of them did, but I found that they worked really weel with the story and was very well incorporated, I think what is weirder about the pictures is the fact they are real. It’s real pictures that a photographer has taken and it kind of makes me shudder a little not going to lie. The pictures just work well in the book and it helped me imagine what the Peculiars may look like rather than having some creepy messed up image in my head that I created. At least, someone else created it haha.

The story begins with Jacob and his grandfather and he’s telling him stories of when he was with the peculiars and we see how he begins to outgrow these stories and think that they are fake, we skip a few years to when he is almost 16 and his grandfather is murdered in front of his eyes. Just before he dies though he tries to tell Jacob the truth about what he is and that the stories were true. Before I carry on with the rest of the plot, how they all treat the grandad, Abe, I was quite annoyed it only seemed to be Jacob that cared even a little bit the rest of them was like oh he’s going old he’s losing his mind let’s just stick him in a home and we will not have to deal. Why is it when it comes to old people that is the characters way of thinking. Don’t you think they won’t get into trouble at a home? Yeah right, they could do so much in a home just like they could at their own home. Anyway that out the way on with the story. He finally manages to convince his parents to go to Wales to get closure about Grandad Abe, and he finds the old house that Abe was talking about but it is abandoned and bombed from the war so he’s convinced but soon gives defeat but keeps going back to the house. On one of those visits back to the house he sees a girl Emma watching him and he accidently follows her through to a time loop which the Peculiars are stuck in for their own safety. He begins to learn about his grandfather and the peculiar and soon makes the choice leading up to a series of events that he is staying with them.

Before I carry on with the rest of the plot, how they all treat the grandad, Abe, I was quite annoyed it only seemed to be Jacob that cared even a little bit the rest of them was like oh he’s going old he’s losing his mind let’s just stick him in a home and we will not have to deal. Why is it when it comes to old people that is the characters way of thinking. Don’t you think they won’t get into trouble at a home? Yeah right, they could do so much in a home just like they could at their own home. Anyway that out the way on with the story. He finally manages to convince his parents to go to Wales to get closure about Grandad Abe, and he finds the old house that Abe was talking about but it is abandoned and bombed from the war so he’s convinced but soon gives defeat but keeps going back to the house. On one of those visits back to the house he sees a girl Emma watching him and he accidently follows her through to a time loop which the Peculiars are stuck in for their own safety. He begins to learn about his grandfather and the peculiar and soon makes the choice leading up to a series of events that he is staying with them.

Anyway that out the way on with the story. He finally manages to convince his parents to go to Wales to get closure about Grandad Abe, and he finds the old house that Abe was talking about but it is abandoned and bombed from the war so he’s convinced but soon gives defeat but keeps going back to the house. On one of those visits back to the house he sees a girl Emma watching him and he accidently follows her through to a time loop which the Peculiars are stuck in for their own safety. He begins to learn about his grandfather and the peculiar and soon makes the choice leading up to a series of events that he is staying with them. I don’t want to go into much more detail in case people haven’t read it.

So my thoughts erm I liked the character of Jacob he was well written it felt like I was going on this journey with him just from a very safe distant away from that world. He was everything you expected from a curious 16-year-old boy, obviously he wasn’t that normal because after seeing his grandad murdered people began to convince themselves he was crazy because he saw a tentacle monster. But I loved his character.

Grandad Abe although we only get a small time with him, I love him and what we do see of him he seems like a brilliant grandad (although later in the book we discover he was a bit of a crap dad) the stories and how he wanted to warn Jacob but without outright telling him what he was or what Jacob was. We learn about Abe as the journey through the story and he has his secrets but they seemed so innocent to what Jacob’s father was making them out to be.

Emma, I love her character, when we first see her meet Jacob her anger and untrusting of him just made me chuckle even after Miss Peregrine telling her that he was ok, there is still a wall there until they talk about his grandad. I loved her as a character.

Now here comes my problem, Emma and Abe was together. Emma and Jacob kissed, although this had no effect on my rating it kind of weirded me out, going for the grandson of the man you love erm it’s just creepy and although I understood the connection it weirded me out. But although they kiss and see she is over Abe I don’t believe it, and although they have such a good connection with each other, I’m not sure I can ship them together. I don’t think I can accept them together.

The plot of this book was fantastic I thought the book was very fast paced but it worked it kept me flipping every single page wanting to know what happened to them and what would happen next. When I finished the book my only thought was I need the next book but I have no money to buy it so I have to wait and it will probably be a couple of months before I get it. But I will definitely be carrying on with this story.

Another funny thing: I thought Ransom Riggs was a female, don’t ask me why but I did, it was only when I googled it today that I realised he was male, which shocked me because other than Nicholas Sparks, John Green, and a few others, I don’t tend to connect with Male writers I think I just need to read more and then I will begin to. But his writing was flawless I fell in love with it, so simple and beautiful and it was so easy for me to connect to his writing and his characters.

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