Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs ~ Review by Fallon


3 out of 5 Stars

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
ISBN13: 9781594744761
Source: Purchased Copy for Review

Author's Description:

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.

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.

Fallon's Review:

I heard so many great things about this series so I decided I should give it a try. Ransom portrays such a unique world where people who are different live among the world of normal. These peculiar children have unique abilities and none seem to be alike from starting fires, to time travel, to levitation, to being invisible. Jacobs grandfather told him to go and find the island that he would be safe their. Jacob does not even know that he may have more in common with the peculiar children then he originally thought.

This story is a non-stop adventure with a glimpse into the past. The pictures give you a visual into the bizarre world Jacob uncovers. I am not a huge fan of pictures since I prefer my imagination not being influenced. I however did enjoy the artistry involved in it.

This book was little more intense then I usually like but the writing was fantastic. I love the way Ransom writing is inspired and thought provoking, yet he weaves a tale that is so far from the norm that you are swept up for the ride. I can not wait to see what Ransom writes next after he is done with this world,

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About this author

I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for mentalfloss.com, and make short films. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I'm really excited about it -- it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It's called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for "mental floss talking pictures" (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube page: youtube.com/ransriggs.


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