Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


You ever read those books where you can’t decide if you should keep reading because it’s interesting or stop because it’s not making much sense? This book is one of them. I faltered in the middle and almost gave up on the whole book.

Jacob Portman doesn’t know what is happening around him. His grandfather claims that monsters are coming after him and after a sad tragedy, Jacob starts having nightmares about these creatures. He thinks he is going crazy. The only way to remain sane is to figure out the mystery. The mystery of Miss Peregrine’s orphanage.

Contrary to what it says on the blurb, it really isn’t a ‘spine-tingling’ fantasy.  There was not a single creepy moment in the whole story. Just when the story is starting to drag, we reach the incline. And then the chase for more starts again.

I can’t say that i am completely satisfied with the story and I probably will just breeze past the sequel, Hollow City, if I do make time to read it. This wasn’t exactly a story that keeps you up all night, thinking about it. It was more of a I-read-it-and-now-I-have-nothing-to-do-with-it kind of book.

The whole concept of the story was difficult to grasp. The idea of peculiars, loops, ymbrynes, hollowgasts and wights sometimes took over the actual story and it got confusing towards the middle. Maybe concentrating on the world a bit more is the key to understanding this.

On to the photography. The pictures didn’t connect with the story. It seemed like they were just randomly placed there, between pages of the novel. It was like a piece of fabric with the ends coming loose. I think the photography itself would be worth it.

The romance, I admit, was creepy at the starting. Probably the most scary part of the book to an extent. Then things got a bit weird and then okay. It was a little expected but put together really nicely.

I would not recommend this to anyone who is looking for a thriller or something of a horror story. This book is strange, yes. Creepy? No, no, no. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not going to go on my favorites shelf but it’s one that’s worth giving a shot. After all, it won’t hurt to enjoy a good book.

This book deserves  ★★★☆☆

Bonuses:

1 ★ for the way this novel is sculpted

1 ★ for the strange photographs

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2 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  1. Lots of people love but it doesn’t seem like the kind of book I would like. You make some good points. Happy reading!

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