Title – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Author – Ransom Riggs.
Publisher – Quirk.
Publication Date – 7th June 2011.
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)
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.
I always jump at the chance of a different book, one that’s not like all the rest and this certainly was that. It’s told through a series of photos that Rigg’s has found and from other collectors, these guide the story and send us on an adventure.
I liked Jacob but I felt his personality was a little bland at times. He’s a rebel, you can tell that right from the beginning and he doesn’t let anyone tell him what to do when he has his heart set on something. He’s very determined to find out the truth about his grandfather’s past and prove that he wasn’t any of the things his dad thought of him.
The first peculiar child we meet is Emma, who can create fire with her hands. When we first meet her she is angry and defensive and adamant that Jacob is out to get her. I didn’t like her at first, I thought she was acting a little dramatic but as the story goes on I began to like her and care about what happened to her.
My first impressions of Miss Peregrine were that I found her intriguing, her picture was silently strange and freaked me out a bit! But I liked her quirks! You can tell she is fiercely protective of her wards and will do whatever she can to keep them safe.
I loved finding out about all the peculiar children although I did feel there was too many for me to keep track of! I envy Rigg’s imagination to come up with all these different characters and make them work.
The book started off exciting but it was a bit slow in the middle but only for a few chapters. It then took off with tremendous speed and I was sucked into the peculiar children’s world.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed the story and all the different elements. It was a little slow in the middle and I felt like Jacob could have done with a bit more oomph at times. Overall though it was a brilliant story and I’ll definetly be reading the next 2 books!