Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Book 1 in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy
Genre: YA historical fiction, fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: paperback, owned

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Before I get started, I’m sorry for my spotty posting. This week was midterms week for me at school, so I was pretty busy studying. But tomorrow is my last day before spring break (10 days off!), so I’ll be much more active during that period. 😉 *offers cupcakes* You know, because last time it was cookies.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was definitely not what I expected. I loved the surprise historical and time travel elements laced into the story, and it was creepier than I was prepared for. I’m a scaredy-cat and literally couldn’t read it before bed or when I was alone. XD Regardless, it was a very enjoyable read. Sorry not sorry if I make “peculiar” jokes throughout the review.

the plot

There was a little bit of everything mixed into this book: history, time travel, fantasy, mystery, and romance. Ransom managed it brilliantly. Everything was woven together to form this haunting, poetic book that I couldn’t put down, even when I had goosebumps on my arms. Normally any sort of recurring horror/creepy element in a story would push me away from it, per se, but this one had me hooked and determined to finish it. Maybe the huge amount of hype surrounding the trilogy, or maybe the fact that I wanted to read it before the movie came out at the end of September. Which I will be seeing, but not in theaters because I’m a scaredy-cat. In my eyes, that shows great skill. 😀

the characters

I won’t go over all of the characters because there’s a lot (particularly of the peculiar children), but I’ll touch on most of them.

The main character Jacob felt kind of generic to me. His discoveries and adventures were entertaining to read about, but as an individual he didn’t seem to have anything special or memorable about him. In the beginning he was skeptical, but as the story progressed he got more reckless. I admired how well he handled learning everything about his grandfather and the peculiars, but when it came to logic and decision-making he fell flat for me. But he was a great narrator and I didn’t want to slap him, so he’s good enough. 😛

I loved Emma. She was the first peculiar Jacob met and could create and wield fire. She was so epic and didn’t take anything from anyone. I felt bad for her because of what Jacob’s grandfather did to her, and when she found out he was dead. She was fierce and strong-willed but in a way that never came off as arrogant or anything similar. This was especially shown when she first met Jacob, which I thought was amusing and completely awesome. I actually didn’t trust her initially because of that, but quickly after my mind was changed. She’s definitely my favorite character. 😀

I also loved Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children. Miss Peregrine was a wonderful grandmotherly figure, in my opinion. She was strict with the children and protective of them, but also very caring and loving – just in a more indirect way. I thought it was cool that she could turn into a bird, and her superior abilities were really intriguing. The peculiars were, too. Some of them were plain creepy (Claire) or gross (Enoch), but many were fun and likable. My favorites were Millard and Bronwyn, especially in the end. 😀

the setting

The beginning of this book and fragments of the middle took place in modern times, but the majority of it was in 1940. The two settings were distinct, but described in equally enchanting, haunting ways that made them really easy to picture. I liked the 1940 sections more, partially because of the optimism from the loop and partially because the juiciest bits of the plot happened there. 😉

the relationships

I loved the mutual love and care between the peculiar children and Miss Peregrine. It was intended to be just a special orphanage, but to me they were a big, peculiar family. 😀

Throughout the book, a romance was developing between Jacob and Emma. I thought it was slightly odd (70-ish years ago Emma was dating Jacob’s grandfather) and unnecessary, but I didn’t mind it. It was realistically paced, especially for historical times, and it didn’t dominate the book. I look forward to seeing how it progresses in the second book. 🙂

the twists

This book was entertaining and unpredictable, but only one thing really shocked me: the wight reveal toward the end. I hope that makes sense. Normally I would complain about a lack of surprises, but the beauty and creepiness of everything else makes up for it. 😉

overall

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a haunting, mystical, and unexpectedly amazing book that I really enjoyed reading. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, and I liked it enough to look past the spooky aspects that would’ve normally pushed me away. Jacob was kind of generic and his romance with Emma seemed unnecessary, but those are just a couple of minor flaws. I’ll definitely be picking up Hollow City soon. 😀

my rating: 4¾ out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 😀

I *finally* started The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas this morning, so I’ll be continuing that! I’m not very far, but I’m intrigued. It’s also reminded me why I adore Celaena/Aelin so much. 😀

Expect either a discussion or tag up tomorrow! 🙂

Until next time…

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