Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs came to my attention quickly and all at once. Not only is the film out but so many readers have recommended the book. I was seeking a spooky read for Halloween and gave it a go!
Teenage protagonist Jacob has always been close to his strange grandfather who tells tall tales of a childhood among strange children with unusual talents. As a child, Jacob listened and enjoyed the photographs with little doubts until he grew up. The family regard grandpa as a bit insane due to the war and a troubled childhood. After an unfortunate circumstance, Jacob goes to investigate his grandpa’s past and stories and finds himself a dangerous adventure!
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is written in modern context despite a slight temporal change. What I generally mean by that is that the teenage big man, off-beat humour and language ruins the rest. Its description, however, made for great imagery. Riggs uses really visual metaphors which I loved.
The concept of this book is great! Riggs does not compromise on character detail despite the great number of children. The scenes are described beautifully and the storyline was great. It was a really enjoyable and quick read! The use of pictures throughout the book is so unique and yet useful for the imagination. They are so carefully placed and just creepy enough! I would recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children but only to younger readers. It definitely wasn’t the big spooky read I was hoping for but I rated it a solid 3 stars.
My book challenge is coming rapidly to a close so I’m panic reading! You can catch the action of my dash to the finish line on my Goodreads page and buy Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children here.