Friday, September 9, 2011

Danny's review for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: Bought
Series: Not Yet Announced
The Other Books: Not Yet Announced
Extras: Trailer, Director's Cut Trailer
Buy at: Amazon

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.

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.


Rating – 4/5 stars

Judge the Cover – I like this cover because it shows Olive floating above the ground, I would have liked to see Emma as the cover. She played a big role in the story.

Selecting – The trailer played a major factor in me wanting this book. At first, I was just going to check this out at the library, but there were already 23 other people waiting to read it. Instead of waiting months to read it, I bought myself a copy. Glad, I did because I keep looking at all the cool photographs.

Review – This book gave me so many chills throughout the story. The photographs of all the children were fun to look at, but the ones of the monsters, just gave me constant chills.

Jacob’s Grandfather has told him many stories when he was young. Most of the stories were about a home for peculiar children run by a bird. His grandfather shows him photos of these children and their special gifts. There is a lot items that show out through-out the book, like photos, letters, and drawings. I think that’s why it would be better to just buy the book.

As Jacob grows up, his grandfather’s story don’t feel as real as they use to when he was a kid. He thinks they are just made up stories his grandfather has come up with. His grandfather has been causing some problems lately, and Jacob’s parents are thinking about putting him in a home. Jacob disagrees with it, thinking he can handle his grandfather.

Until, that is, the day he receives a frantic call from his grandfather. His grandfather wants the key to his storage locker, so he can get to his weapons. He keeps talking about monsters coming to get him. Jacob heads over there, but it’s too late. When he finds his grandfather, he tells Jacob that he needs to find the home for the peculiar children. As he dies, Jacob sees the monster that had killed his grandfather.

Jacob, now believing in the stories, tells his parents and the cops about the monster. They all think he’s crazy. In the end, Jacob goes searching for the island for the home, and for information about his grandfather and the monsters.

The book was great, and I think anyone can enjoy it. It started off slow, but the story itself is very interesting. I kept figuring out things before Jacob though, but most of time, I was just guessing things. I really want to meet these peculiar children!

Favorite Character – You get to meet the peculiar children and by far, they are my favorite characters in the story. I really like Millard, the invisible boy, he was an enjoyable character. Also, Emma was a strong female character, with fiery attitude filled with passion.

Least Favorite Character – The wights photos freaked me out, and gave me chills.

Favorite Scene – When the peculiar children show off their talents, you get more information about each of them.

Author’s NEWS – There’s going to be a sequel!! I kind of figured since this was a great story but the ending wasn’t quite finished. I knew there had to be more.

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