Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book, especially the way the old collectors’ photographs were woven into the story. The characters were very believable even with their peculiar abilities.

I actually checked a map to see if the locations mentioned in the book existed, that’s how believable this book was for me. Not that I thought Miss Peregrine’s Home ever existed, but the island off the coast of Wales, its village, shoreline, hills and bogs could have existed. I put this book down, intending to finish the last 80 pages on another day, but five minutes later turned the light back on and got to sleep late after finishing this book.

Seventeen year old Jacob dreads his future. He is an heir to a large company, a drug store chain and he is being groomed to be an executive in the company. He’s not sure what he wants to do with his life, but helping to run a chain of stores is not it. On the other side of his family he is very close to his strange and reclusive grandfather. The sudden death of his grandfather leads Jacob into a mission to find Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and to discover the truth of his grandfather’s past.

He travels to Wales where he find’s the remains of the Home on an island off the coast. Strange things begin happening and Jacob discovers that he has stepped back in time, to the time when his grandfather was a resident at Miss Peregrine’s Home.

I could go on because I found the story to be a curious sort-of Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy all rolled into one. It made for a fascinating and fast-paced novel.

I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel, Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children).


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