Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Book Review & Giveaway!]
Hello everyone!
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss
Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published Date: 7th June 2011
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to Quirk Books for this copy!*
Synopsis: 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.

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.

Review: YOU
GUYS. I finally read this book! I was kinda forced into reading it, because one
morning my mother told me that we were going to see the movie in the evening.
I’m very much the ‘read the book before watching the movie’ kind of person, so
I spent the entire morning reading until I had finished the book. Even though I
was rushing it a little, it didn’t matter, because I head over heels adored
reading this one. I was sucked right into the novel.
First of all, I thought this was going to be a horror
read. With that kind of cover, and the images which the book includes in it, my
mind had been made up. I’m pleased to let you know that while this one does
have the eerie kind of creepy feeling to it, this is actually more of a
paranormal young adult read than anything else. It isn’t horror related at all,
even though there are monsters in the book. So if you are skipping over this
book under the belief that it is just going to be too scary for you, then you
need to pick it up! You’re safe now 😉
Speaking of those images, the post cards and vintage
photos were a brilliant addition to the novel. It added a sense of realism to
the story, and they acted like illustrations to a novel. In fact, I have the
images stuck on my wall now. They are a bit creepy, but I like them. Weirdly
As for the plot and story itself, it’s very well done and
different from the movie! (I know this is the book review, but having read/seen
both, now I can’t avoid making those comparisons.) The story is quite slow going
in the beginning, as it takes Jacob, the protagonist, a while to stumble upon
the world and everything that is included in it. But once he does, the secrets
to their world are slowly unveiled, and the plot quicks in. Then a layer of
suspense is added, and the conclusion to the novel is quite good. I can’t wait
to go on and read the other two books in the story.
I especially loved the author’s writing style. His word
choice was very particular, and what added the most to the story. The idea of
using the word peculiarities, over powers, because it was more suited to what
the kids had, and made it more unique, was brilliant thinking. And generally,
when it came to his descriptions of things, I think the word choice was
spectacular. It was a joy to read this book.
There were themes of war and family issues in this novel.
Jacob doesn’t have the best family, and we can see this misunderstanding of
communication between him and his parents really getting to him. But he doesn’t
quite manage to solve and bridge that distance, which is actually quite
saddening to think about it. And after a while, his parents kind of fade out of
the picture. I hope this isn’t the last we hear of them in the stories,
otherwise that is quite a sad ending for the relationship he has with them. The
war themes were more so in the background rather than prominent. But they do
appear from time to time.
I really loved getting to know all the characters and all
their different peculiarities and personalities. I can’t wait to see where the
sequel will take me!  
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Olivia’s Question: What would you do if you found out
your best friends all had powers, but you didn’t have one?

Olivia-Savannah x

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