June 16, 2016
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Oh my goodness do I have a book review for you!
So I am probably the last person to read this series, but I am so glad I did! I have been seeing the eerie covers of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs for about a year now and never really thought about reading them. Yet when I got some money for my birthday I thought why not? I started this yesterday afternoon right after I finished “An Abundance of Katherines” and I couldn’t put it down. Although when it got to around midnight and I was reading some of the creepier parts, I had to stop or I wasn’t going to be able to sleep.
The novel is as followed: For most of his childhood, Jacob Portman listened to his grandfather tell stories of these amazing children who lived on this mystical island with “the bird”. There were tales of invisible boys and girls who could handle fire without it burning them. Up to a point, he believed them, but as most children do, he grew out of it. It wasn’t until after an unforeseen tragedy that Jacob is determined to find this Miss Peregrine that had sent a letter to his grandfather. Jacob goes on a quest of self discovery, triumph, and loss as he discovers the world that his grandfather once lived.
Accompanied to the story is an arrangement of old photographs. Now if you’re a photography and vintage freak like myself, then you are going to appreciate this immensely. Some of the photos are rather chilling and to be quite honest they made my hair stand on end. Ransom Riggs successfully draws the reader into this strange world of magic and mystery all while adding little snippets of history. I was thrilled by this history, being my favorite academic subject. There are lots of WWII references and if you have studied the war then you will be able to understand this book even more.
The characters in this book are very personable and I can’t help but feel drawn to them. We have Emma Bloom who can manipulate fire and has a story of her own that even shocked me. I love her fighting spirit and her dedication to all the peculiar children. Alongside her we have Millard, Horace, Bronwyn, Olive, Enoch, Claire, Fiona, and Hugh. I absolutely love the individuality of each of the children and in a book that seems so overwhelming with mythical attributes, Riggs manages to make the reader fall in love with each character separately in their own time.
Things I am looking forward to in the next two books: Jacob’s father finding out about the peculiars as well as his mom, Miss Peregrine being a bad-ass and fighting the wights off, and Jacob and Emma’s relationship growing more. I have a inkling into where Horace saw in his dream. I will keep that to myself and will confirm if I am right or not.
I give this book a 5/5! This series, so far, is up there with Percy Jackson and Shadowhunters! I highly recommenced this to anyone who is a fan of quirky/creepy stuff. If you are a Tim Burton fan, then you will like this! Also I know that Tim Burton is creating the movie and I have seen the trailer. I am a little disappointing that Emma and Olive’s peculiarities were switched, but the movie cannot be exactly like the books and I think I will like it nonetheless. I am off to read “Hollow City” which is book 2! Until next time!