Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrin'e home for peculiar children - c. 2011 - pg. 8

Read for this year’s RIP challenge.

This was just the perfect start to my reading for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI, it is perfectly creepy and atmospheric, plus has that side order of whimsy and surrealness I think fits this challenge so well.

Jacob is a sixteen year old modern American teenager. Not quite the usual as his parents are ultra rich, so he doesn’t have to worry about some of the mundane aspects of life. But his normal life is about to change after his grandfather dies and he sets out to discover the real truth behind his grandfather’s crazy stories and photographs. And what wonderful photos. The levitating girl is on the cover, and inside we get many more examples of the peculiar children his grandfather talked of. There is the invisible boy, the incredibly strong girl, the boys with bees inside, and many many more.

Miss Peregrine' home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine' home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

So without giving too much away about this story I’ll just mention that as well as “peculiar children” this novel also has time-travel, monsters, and a trip to a Welsh island. What more could you look for?

It is wonderfully written. You’ll be totally engrossed in the story, and I have to say that right from the opening chapter a wonderful atmosphere is created. It isn’t always creepy and threatening, sometimes it is quite idyllic, but this is a book that is just evocative and enjoyable.

And the photographs are a great touch. All real, collected over the years by various people and now published here. Brilliant touch, and a great start to this year’s RIP. Let’s hope my next pick is as good :)

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Other reviews of this book: Stainless Steel Droppings ; Capricious Reader ; Much madness is divinest sense ; Here there and everywhere ; Stephanie’s Written World

Post Author: Fence

8 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

    Stephanie

    (10 September 2011 - 8:25 pm)

    I agree – this was the perfect book for the RIP kickoff! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as I did!
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

      Fence

      (11 September 2011 - 10:22 am)

      It was a perfect fit wasn't it :)

    Kailana

    (11 September 2011 - 3:45 am)

    I really enjoyed this book! The inclusion of the photos was my favourite part… I look forward to the sequel.
    Kailana´s last blog post ..Six Sentence Saturday – September 10, 2011 & ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ Read-Along

      Fence

      (11 September 2011 - 10:22 am)

      The photos were wonderful. The one on the cover really grabbed my attention, and then to find out that they were all *real* vintage photos, not just made up for the book made it all the more wonderful :)
      Fence´s last blog post ..Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

    Caroline

    (11 September 2011 - 7:57 am)

    It's been on my radar for a while now.

    Don't know why I didn't get it already. I'm sure I'll like it.
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Literature and War Readalong September 30 2011: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

      Fence

      (11 September 2011 - 10:23 am)

      You should give it a go. I think you'd like it.

    Carl V.

    (11 September 2011 - 11:35 pm)

    The story really is a fun one, isn't it. I was so sucked in by that book trailer and absolutely thrilled that it lived up to that excitement I felt when I saw it. Part of me wishes I would have waited with this one until it was a cold October night, but it was just too tempting and ended up being worth devouring immediately. Happy to hear that you liked it.

    Dana Huff

    (18 September 2011 - 8:28 pm)

    I loved this book! Thanks for linking to my review. I am glad you liked it.
    Dana Huff´s last blog post ..The Secret History, Donna Tartt

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