Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Borrowed from friend.
Published: June 7, 2012
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   A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 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

I borrowed this book from my mom's friend and didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was going to be something totally unique, since it has photography scattered throughout the book and that's something different for me to read, but I'm SO happy I was loaned this book because it was amazing! I've never read a book quite like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It's definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012!

The best part was definitely Riggs' incredible writing. I could so easily picture the setting of the remote island where the children lived. I also loved the main character Jacob, he had a dry wit that definitely had me laughing at points. I found it easy to relate to Jacob despite his unique situation, his voice is very teen and how I'd imagine a teen boy's head to be! 

I love that the story started off with Jacob at home and just living an ordinary life, but when his grandfather dies everything gets turned upside down. It definitely drove the point of 'before and after' something life changing happens to you and how you can never really go back. 

All of the children in the home where each so different from one another, but still managed to get along with each other, sort of like siblings. I don't want to give too much away, but I love where the house is and the twist that Riggs' added to the story that I never saw coming. 

The ending was climatic and had me frantically turning pages to find out what will happen next. It tied up that portion of Jacob's story, but left it open for a sequel, which luckily will be out this Spring! 

Amazing Quote:
"We cling to our fairy tales until the price in believing in them becomes too high."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Ransom Riggs' tells the story of Jacob, an ordinary teen boy with an extraordinary story, flawlessly. Riggs' writing transports you into the story of Jacob, who's trying to discover if his grandfather's stories, which he believed were fairy tales, are true. With unique supporting characters and a plot that keeps you reading, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a must read for any book lover.


  1. I don't know what it was but I had a lot of trouble getting in to this book. Glad it worked better for you and I hope you love the sequel!

  2. Great review! I would love to read this book, but my TBR pile is huuuge haha

  3. The writing and pictures sound great. I have been deciding if this is a book for me.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. I loved this one too Katie, cannot wait for that sequel! :D

  5. This book was SOOO good!! I just loved it.