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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

This book starts off really strong and the action and adventure grips the reader from page one and half way through the book it goes down hill…. I felt like it was more of a fantasy ghost story then horror. The first half of the book was interesting and carried the plot well. The macabre mood wasn’t there but the connection of a grandfather and his grandson carried over to believing or not believing the strange stories and photo’s that an elderly person processes as they get older was certainly mystifying. The full page photo’s introduced throughout the story, the genuine oddities and the feel of dark weirdness was a great way to enhance the story as a gruesome ghost story. I felt the character’s were undeveloped which made the second half of the book somewhat slow and unadventurous until the reader gets to the end and then the story seemed rushed. Maybe it’s because there is another book following this one. So, overall the story was good but not great, and interesting but not thrilling.

The story starts with a grandfather and his six year old grandson Jacob. As the grandfather gets older his stories get stranger. One day Jacob went to check up on his grandfather and found him mysterious dead, ravaged by a powerful animal in the back yard of his home. After that Jacob began having nightmares and emotional problems which concerned his parents so they set him up with a therapist. Later on when sixteen year old Jacob reminisced about his grandfather and the last tales and words of warning his grandfather had told him activated his curiosity to thinking that there might be more to the stories then he thought. The story goes own with Jacob wanting to visit the Island in Wales where his grandfather grew up. His parents were hesitant but with the therapist enthusiastic advice, Jacob was on his way to the Island of Peculiar Children…..

From this point on Jacob finds the abandon orphanage, more photo’s, and gets to meet Emma, his grandfather’s girlfriend at the orphanage but how could that be, she is the same age as Jacob? Then the story takes another direction to the monument in the bog called, “The Loop” which takes Jacob to a time when the orphanage was filled with peculiar children that his grandfather had told him about and the caregiver Miss Peregrine who could turn into a bird….The children he met had special powers. One could levitate, another could hold flames in her palms, a boy who was invisible, and another one had bees living inside his body that flew out when he talked but also lurking in the shadows…. was the evil monsters who ate raw flesh meat….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
I rate this book very highly for a reason.
Warning: Do not go into this book thinking it is of the horror genre. It is NOT even remotely close. that being said, it is an amazing tale. :)
Very quirky characters and a instant lovable story. This plot totally reminds me of the movie "Big Fish" which i thoroughly enjoyed.
The photographs might do make it slightly creepy but that is what makes the story really interesting and original and gives the book a real vintage eerie feel.
You shouldn't go into it expecting a thriller- or to get scared or be on the edge of your seat. Expect it to be eerie, quirky, heartfelt, touching, nostalgic, and original. ( )
  XoVictoryXo | May 31, 2016 |
"My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories, the house was always a bright, happy place---big and rambling, yes but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch with vacant hunger. Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus--as if nature itself had waged war against it---but the house seemed unkillable, resolutely upright despite the wrongness of its angles and the jagged teeth of sky visible through sections of collapsed roof."

Thus begins Jacobs quest to find the truth behind the "fairy tales" he believed his grandfather told him his entire life and the cryptic note that grandfather,Abe Portman left upon his less than ordinary death. The journey will take Jacob half-way around the world and into a world that he could never have imagined in his wildest dreams.

There have been mixed reviews about his first novel of Ransom Rigg's. It's not a great literary masterpiece and Ransom Riggs is not Stephen King. But he has created an imaginative, slightly scary, haunting, fun to read book that can well hold it's own place in the literary world.

4 well earned stars Mr. Riggs.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This was an easy read but still very engaging. I can't wait to read the second one! Check out my full review of this book on my blog! http://opinionsofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2016/05/miss-peregrines-home-for-pecul... ( )
  M_Sawtelle | May 31, 2016 |
More of a 3.5 star read for me. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't sucked into the story. I will probably check out the next book in hopes I get more involved in it, since the story is an awesome concept. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
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The author’s ability to use the photos to play with the reader’s imagination, while still holding the tension of the plot, is extraordinary. This kind of device can feel like a self-conscious reminder of the authorial hand, but this is not the case in Miss Peregrine’s Home.
 
In Miss Peregrine’s, a teenager decides to investigate the stories his grandfather told him about an island off the coast of Wales. He finds more than he bargained for, of course, and there are adventures, involving a group of kids with remarkable abilities which are almost, but not quite, entirely similar to mutants from X-Men comics. For a story constructed to make use of a collection of vintage snapshots, it’s impressively cohesive, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with yet another recounting of the hero’s journey from callow youth to manhood. But the book never lives up to its own aesthetic, and the story refuses to get past surface level on the occasional odd idea or intriguing concept. Whatever its faults, Miss Peregrine’s only true sin is that, presentation aside, it isn’t really that peculiar.
added by jimcripps | editAV Club, Zack Handlen (Jun 29, 2011)
 
Those Creepy Pictures Explained

The idea for Miss Peregrine's Home popped into Ransom Riggs' head when he ran across some sinister-looking vintage photos, which ''suggest stories even though you don't know who the people are or exactly when they were taken.'' As he began writing, he kept searching for images, even combing swap meets and flea markets. ''I was developing the story as I was finding the photos. I'd find a particularly evocative photo and I'd say, 'I need to work this in somehow.' '' Most are reproduced in the novel ''as is,'' but a few have been digitally altered. Riggs says he ended up with more photos than he could use: ''I have a nice big fat backlog for the second book.'' — Keith Staskiewicz

added by kthomp25 | editEntertainment Weekly, Keith Staskiewicz (Jun 24, 2011)
 
With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it's no wonder Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. This is a novel with ''movie adaptation'' written into its powerful DNA. B+
 
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Epigraph
SLEEP IS NOT, DEATH IS NOT;
WHO SEEM TO DIE LIVE.
HOUSE YOU WERE BORN IN,
FRIENDS OF YOUR SPRING-TIME,
OLD MAN AND YOUNG MAID,
DAY'S TOIL AND ITS GUERDON,
THEY ARE ALL VANISHING,
FLEEING TO FABLES,
CANNOT BE MOORED.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
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COPYRIGHT PAGE NOTICES (for the Hardcover First Edition):

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Number: 210942876

The first printing line is: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.
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A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.

AN ABANDONED ORPHANAGE.

A STRANGE COLLECTION OF VERY PECULIAR 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 who once lived here — one of whom was his own grandfather — were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow — impossible though it seems — they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Look! Creepy photos
winding into a story.
Sequel sure to come.
(_debbie_)
"But those monsters are
Only a story, granddad!"
"Oh, are you so sure?"
(passion4reading)
Wildly inventive
tale based on peculiar
vintage photographs.
(passion4reading)

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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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