Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published by Quirk Books
Published: June 7, 2011
Rating: 5/5
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.
The first time I heard of this book was from a recommendation from Dia Reeves, author of Slice of Cherry and Bleeding Violet. We were lamenting over the lack of creepy books in YA and she mentioned this. SOLD. Then I heard there as photography in it. DOUBLE SOLD. And in one of those dangerous late night sessions on BookDepository.com (which I vastly prefer over Amazon) it was purchased. It was another late night that I started reading it, which was another STUPID idea and led me to playing Jewels on my phone till almost 5 am so I could get my mind un-creeped out so I could sleep. But something that creeps me out deserves an award on my shelf. (Ironically, it wasn’t the photographs that freaked me out, but the drawing of the monster Jacob sees. Cree-py.)

It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly I loved so hard about this book. Maybe it was the fact it was beautifully written with eloquent language and amazing vivid imagery. Or maybe it was the fact that Riggs made his characters out of photographs from the Victorian (or there about) days. Which blows my little writer mind (in a good way). Maybe it was the premise: a home of strange children - freaking yes! Or perhaps, damn it all, I just really loved the main character, Jacob. Funny, snarky and just scared enough to watch him overcome it. Brilliant.

I think it was the strange blend of creeping the hell out of me and making me cracking up that brought this book home. My personal favorite moment: Jacob dropping an old trunk off a second story to bust it open. An odd choice, but in theory could work. What happens? It goes straight through the first floor and into the basement. This had me burst out into such obnoxious laughter, my cat was frightened.

As of now Goodreads says there is no sequel. But... but... how!?
Dear Mr. Ransom Riggs, I am writing to you today in request of a sequel. I mean, SERIOUSLY?! Step back and take a look at what you’ve created. Beautiful, yes? Now, how can you in all good faith leave it there?! Find some more pictures. I’m ready for more. Sincerely, A Needing More Fan.


  1. This is def... on my must read list... I <3 creepy books and Ya needs more of them!

  2. I loved this book, too. Solidly well-written, great protagonist ... and creepiness!!!

    I love you laytout, by the way! :)

  3. I so loved this book too! I am also demanding a sequel! Do you think he is out of photos-LOL!

  4. I want to read that book so bad. It reminds me of Tim Burton and I'm a huge fan of him.

  5. I'm so glad you loved this book! It's next on my list :)

    And no sequel? Am I going to be devastated?

  6. http://www.ransomriggs.com/blog/2011/8/9/yes-there-will-be-a-sequel.html