Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

It all started with this:

I saw this on someone I follow’s Tumblr. I was immediately intrigued and I reblogged the trailer myself because I thought it looked so fantastic. Carl saw it and was so impressed he immediately went out and bought the book. He couldn’t wait, so he read it. Then he reviewed it. After reading that, well, I just couldn’t hold off any longer. I had to read it immediately too.

And holy cow y’all, am I glad I did. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is outrageously original, completely creepy and oh so much flipping fun. (How’s that alliteration?)

Gosh. I don’t know where to start.  I can tell you that from page one I was enchanted. It starts out like many YA novels. There is a young boy who feels awkward, doesn’t have many friends, and adores his grandfather who tells him fairytales about his own life growing up on an island, in a home for children. He was sent there as a child for protection from the Nazi invasion. His stories are fantastical; girls who levitate, invisible boys, and the Bird who smokes a pipe and watched over them all.  Jacob loves them. He loves them until he outgrows them, that is. It is only after the violent death of his grandfather, when Jacob thinks he saw something… unusual… that Jacob begins to wonder just how fantastic his grandfather’s stories really were. He begins to wonder if his grandfather’s monsters really exist.

What Jacob saw gives him nightmares. His life falls apart. His parents are, understandably concerned for him and so is Jacob. So, with the help of his parent-ordered therapist, he sets out to discover the island and his grandfather’s stories and put all the horror and fear behind him. He finds the island. He finds the house, yet it isn’t what he expected. And what he discovers there will change his life forever.

This book wrapped it’s sweet little Gothic arms around me and held me tight until the very last page. I could not put it down. I did not WANT to put it down. Something about Jacob, and the kids at the Home… they just spoke to me. They are all so extremely different, different in ways I can’t comprehend, but at the same time…I just know. I know what it’s like to feel different. And how it feels to find someone who is different too and the… just… homecoming of that. .

There is so much to love here and I feel like I did it all wrong. I did it wrong because I was impatient and got the eBook. Do NOT read the eBook. Go out and get your hands on a physical copy. The holding of this book is as much a part of the experience as the reading of it. While I got the experience, what with the pictures and whatnot, I did not get the full experience and I damn well know it. Get. The. Book. I may have to get it to read it again. Why do you need the book, the physical hold-it-in-your-hands-book? The pictures. The pictures are such a strong part of the narrative and they just don’t look right in the eBook. And the pictures are just as fascinating as the narrative, especially because they are real. Mr. Riggs says:

As regular readers will probably have guessed by now, I managed to cram just about everything that fascinates me into this book: travel to strange corners of the world, urban exploration, dark fantasy, and creepy vintage photographs. The photos in the book — 50 in all — are all original and never-before-published, found either by me or by photo collector friends of mine, and they’re woven into the story’s narrative. With one or two exceptions, they’re not digitally manipulated at all. – Mental Floss

I can’t tell you how much I love that the pictures are real, that Riggs found them, that they weren’t produced for the book. It’s just so. cool.

So watch the trailer above. Read the prologue and the first chapter. If you aren’t hooked by then? Well, I can’t do any thing more for you and I am so sorry you will miss the amazing experience of reading this book.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs

Pub. Date: June 2011
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 352pp
Age Range: Young Adult
ISBN-13: 9781594744761

Source: I bought it from Barnes & Noble, for my Nook, just like I said.

17 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  1. I must say that I am quite relieved that you enjoyed the book so much. After the flurry of excitement on Twitter surrounding the trailer and my subsequent gushing about it I would have been sad if it hadn't lived up to the hype for you.

    "Flipping fun" is the perfect alliterative description for the book, as it is just that. And I couldn't agree more with the physical book vs. ebook statements. This is one that needs to be experienced in paper form. It is such a heavy, sturdy book. The paper quality is different from most books and the ink and paper smells so good and the pictures just stand out on the page. This book is a good argument for the superiority of the traditional reading experience.

    I hope we see more from Ransom Riggs in the near future.

  2. I keep seeing this everywhere, and I have wanted to read it, but I had not seen the video until you posted it!
    And now, like you, I feel like I HAVE to read this. And I'm glad you put the warning about the e-reader, because had I not read that, I would have gotten it on my Nook!
    Thanks for the review!

  3. Oh man, you sold me on this one. Flipping good. I agree that there are some books that just need to be experienced physically and not digitally.

  4. SOLD! I think my whole family would like reading this one, so I'm much more apt to buy it now. Thanks for a great, enabling, review Heatheroo!

  5. This is one of the books I really want to read if the post office and the government can ever come to an agreement and we get mail again. I knew there was a reason I wasn't reading blogs… It annoys me that I can't buy the books that I want. 🙁

  6. I have this in my TBR pile and am so looking forward to it! Carl was my instigation; when I read (skimmed) his review, I went straight to Amazon and ordered it. Glad to see another positive vote!

  7. I've been reading lots of good reviews of this book and really want to read it myself now. I'm going to have to break down and request it from the library. Great review!

  8. Flipping fun is just a perfect description of this book. It was great! And the ending was just perfect, but now that there is to be a sequel I think it is even better!

  9. I want to read this book so badly! heard nothing but good things about it! and above all it actually seems kinda scary. For sombody whos poor i cant get it at barnes and noble so hopefully it’ll come to my library soon!

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