Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
First and foremost, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is amazing. I could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up. I didn’t read it straight for a day (no time…), but if given a whole day without any responsibilities, I would have finished it. Everything about this book is original, eccentric, and captivating. What I was expecting when I picked it up was far different from what I got, in a good way. I was surprised at all the right points and occasionally found myself in such shock that I just stared at the page for a while before continuing (a new habit I’m developing). Thankfully, I wasn’t given any spoilers before reading it and didn’t accidentally come across anything important when checking the page count, so everything I read was new and surprising. Reading a book that way is an experience I wish I had every time I read a book, but sadly, I am given spoilers too often or accidentally read ahead more than I should.
I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs writes extremely well and drew me in with every word he wrote. I found Jacob to be a very realistic character and a likable one, despite how often he lied to his dad about his whereabouts. I love all the “Peculiar” children, notably Emma. The plot itself was woven very well and I read this book on the edge of my seat.
I can’t say this enough, but Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is amazing. It’s different from anything I have ever read. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s truly a wonderful book. Right now, I’m just waiting until I can get my hands on Hollow City (the sequel), so I can delve back into this peculiar world.