Sunday, June 21, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs ~ Book Review

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Pages: 352, hardcover 

Published: June 7, 2011

Goodreads 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.


I usually do not like scary books and I usually avoid them. I love old, vintage photographs and I really wanted to see how Ransom Riggs used them to create a story. My husband has read this book and he told me it was not that scary and he thought I would enjoy it. So I decided to give it a try and I really did like it. I did not think it was scary. It is mysterious, a little creepy, but not scary. I am very excited to pick up the second book. 
This book drew me in right from the beginning. A lot of people say the beginning is slow, but I really liked the suspense and mystery at the beginning. It is very unique and the story was new and refreshing. I liked the writing style very much. It reads a lot like a movie!  I did have a few problems with the book which I will go into later, but even with those I think it is worth picking up. 

Things I Liked About This Book:

  • I really liked the characters! They were all very unique and special. This book really felt like a foundation for the story and characters.
  • The 'abilities' that the characters have in this story are really interesting.
  • The story and plot was very intriguing and unique.
  • I am very excited to see where this story is going next! It leaves on a great cliff hanger. 
  • I loved all the interesting, vintage photographs.
  • It is going to make a really great movie! (release date: March 2015)
Things That I Did NOT Love About This Book:
  • I did NOT like the "romance" in this book. If you have read it, you know why. I do not want to spoil anyone. I just found it a little strange and awkward. Maybe if it was developed more, I would have given it a chance. 
  • I thought the character development was a little lacking in the book. I think we will learn more in the second book about the characters. I thought some of the photos were unnecessary. Some of them felt disconnected to the story.
  • I have so many questions!! I felt confused at times. I felt like I was not grasping some of the elements in the story. I am going to have to find some discussions and see if I can find some answers to my questions. 
Goodreads Rating:
 3.5 Stars :)

Thanks for visiting! Have you read this book? Do you plan to read it? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Happy Reading!!


  1. This has been on my TBR FOREVER. I really want to read it and I love the addition of the old pictures. Sounds like there were some eh moments with still worth reading. Great review!

    1. Thanks! Yes- definitely give it a try! It is worth the read. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts when you get to it!

  2. I own this in digital and audio and just have not made the move to read it. I am not sure what keeps holding me back.
    I wasn't even aware that there was a romance line, which shows you how little I have researched the book before buying it. I was drawn to the old photos. It was a super unique layout when it was released.
    Great balanced review.

    1. The old photos are really interesting in the story. I am reading Hollow City right now and I like even more than this one. This one is more action-packed and there is more character development. You should definitely give it a try!