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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was one of those books I discovered online and immediately went out and bought. As a collector of vintage photos myself I was drawn in by the photos but most of all by the trailer on the author's website. The images of abandonment were incredibly compelling. I was prepared for a more traditional ghost story or something similar. What I got was a bit of a surprise but nevertheless a well constructed novel that will make for a terrific movie. If I have one criticism it would be that I found the lead character a bit immature to be believable as a 16 year old. He seemed to present himself more in the neighbourhood of 12 or 13 in the way he related to the other characters in the book. All in all money well spent.
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When he was a little kid, Jacob loved to hear his grandfather's stories about fighting monsters and looking through his selection of old photographs of flying children and other strange beings, but as he grew older, he learned to dismiss the stories as fairy tales. When Jacob reaches the age of 16, his grandfather is brutally murdered, apparently by animals, and with his dying breath he sends Jacob on a journey to find the orphans' home in Wales where he grew up. Once there, Jacob discovers that his grandfather's stories were actually all true.... Thus begins "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," by Ransom Riggs, a darkish YA fantasy that intermingles text with old photographs, all seeming to show children who are, indeed, quite peculiar. I found it imaginative and a great deal of fun, once I got over feeling creeped out by some of the early photographs anyway. Part of the enjoyment of this book, for me, was trying to figure out how the photographs were manipulated to create the illusions that they do, but I'm not sure the conceit would work as well a second time although the end of this novel certainly leaves room for a sequel. Recommended.
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on December 30, 2011
I usually love YA books, and can see that teens will enjoy this one. As an adult I found it flawed. But, it is meant to be read by young adults so I do recommend it to anyone who wants a unique, engaging story. This has great characters and even though the author kept us waiting a long time to find out what the threat was to the Peculiar children there was plenty of weird stuff to keep us intrigued. I found it fell short of suspense and tension once the evil entities showed up and it fell far below creepy. Jacob moved around in the dark without a hint of anxiety so I didn't feel any either. Like other reviewers have said, the ending set us up to make sure we'd go out and buy the sequel which is a marketing ploy that drives me crazy.
I'm pleased to see they're making a movie of this book, though. I think it'll translate well to the screen and I'll be sure to go see it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
The pictures are more cool than the story is... That's a bummer.
It's like R. Riggs found these really great pics, put them in a certain order and tried to make a story around them. While it is a nice idea, sometimes the reading is boring.
It's easy to see how it's gonna end, and it takes too long to go there...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The peculiar thing about this book is that it's presented as a horror, when it's actually a fantasy. Putting that deception aside, we discover a well meaning character, Jacob, who after witnessing his grand-father's murder, must accept that maybe, just maybe Gramps stories about bizarre children were true.

The middle is slow paced as he mourns his grand-father and then sets off to meet all the children -- Emma in particular -- and enter their eerie world. Jacob is an intrepid boy, who proves to be just as brave as his grand-father. Also just as bizarre. Does he belong with the children?

With the open ending, the question whether we'll have a second book kept eating at me. But alas, Ransom Riggs has confirmed on Twitter that there will be a sequel. If I happen to see a peregrine flying around, I'll be sure to ask when.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
This book was just okay, it wasn't that scary or interesting and the ending left quite a bit to be desired. I guess maybe my expectations were too high going into it, but I felt let down. I didn't really feel invested in Jacob or his relationships with other characters. There was just something a little off with this book and the style of writing. The photographs didn't add much to the story and often detracted from it as I continuously wondered how they had photographs of certain things in the first place - you'll see what I mean when you read it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
Regardless of the swear words, this book was a little too young for my 13 year old son. The author did not develop the love story portion of the novel as well as he could have and the entire concept was a bit ridiculous.
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