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

Hey guys! Say hello to my friend Maribeth over at ABCbooknerd who is guest posting today! She is one of the only people I can talk to about any book at school! I highly recommend to go check out her blog when you’re finished reading her review (:

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very peculiar photographs. 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.

This book is creepy, I’m not going to lie. Although it opens up very simply, very innocently, this book lures you in and then kills the lights. It makes creaking noises and then slams doors in your face while you’re stumbling around in the dark. It gives you chills and makes you look around discreetly to see if you can find any peculiar (a.k.a. supernatural) kids doing anything out of the ordinary, all the while trying to keep an eye on the pages and and an eye on the lightswitch and your back to a wall. The slow beginning is well worth the crawling-flesh and staring-eyes phenomena that occur while you’re reading.

Despite thescary/horror aspect to the book, it’s in several different genres, not just thriller. There’s fantasy with the magical aspect of the peculiarities the children have. There’s also sci-fi with the space-time continuum paradox. There’s historical fiction (time travel = history). There’s even a bit of romance. Basically, the book caters to a wide variety of readers and definitely succeeds, in my opinion, in attracting a diverse audience, without failing to please. It’s not for the faint-hearted – I myself had to slam the book shut several times just to catch my breath and to get some of the pictures out of my head. But despite the fact that I don’t really like the horror genre (books, movies, any of it), I really enjoyed this book. The plot was great, the secrets that unfolded throughout the book kept me interested to see what was in store for the characters at the end.

And there we come to the end: the unpredictable, horrifying, entertaining, and alluring end. The manner in which the story concluded made me almost scream with frustration. I went through all those disgusting moments, all the enjoyable memories and creepy stories, together in a great book, just to find out that there’s going to be a sequel, and I MUST READ IT!!! I’m dying to find out what happens to the kids next!

Also, the photographs that went along with the book were great visual aids. Most of them weren’t scary at all, and then when you read the chapter they were in, they really helped the story come together. Several warnings, though: this book is blunt, frank, etc. in several ways (sexual, language, etc.) and is not appropriate for children or immature teens. There is some violence and grotesque descriptions, but it is great for adults and teens who enjoy the occasion thrill. With this huge mix of emotions, plot, genres, and formats, I recommend the book to anyone with the audacity to enjoy a good scare, love a good couple, endure torturous adventures, and best of all, believe that books are the stuff of legends. Enjoy!!!!

~Maribeth at ABCbooknerd


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