Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: Mrs. Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by: Ransom Riggs

Title: Mrs. Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine Peculiar Children #1
Pages: 232
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.

My Thoughts: 

Everything about this book was Peculiar from the story Jacob's grandfather tries to help to the vintage style pictures.  

When Jacob finds his father dead and faces a monster who killed him something inside Jacob is awakened unfortunately no one believes him and thinks he suffered damage seeing his grandfather die.  On the recommendation of his therapist Jacob convinces his father that visiting the orphanage that his grandfather grew up on might help Jacob deal with the death.

When Jacob gets there he finds the orphanage which is falling apart.   Jacob has a hard time picturing what this place looked like in it's prime.  What I found amazing was the pictures they are so weird and eerie.  I loved following Jacob on the search for his grandfather Abe's story of the people he spent time with and how Jacob was able to time travel back to 1940 to visit the people he knew and worked with.  

Living in the time loop of 1940 was like being in a different world and one that comes crashing down on Jacob and his new found friends.  He will have to work with them to protect their world before it comes crashing to a halt!
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