Thursday, September 6, 2012

Summer Book Review - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

My last read of the summer!

Book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs

What I learned: 
  1. Photos can be used to effectively hook and draw in the reader and help them get a feel for the characters (clothing and looks). 
  2. Good characterizations, from the MC, a 15 year old boy, to grandfather (Polish immigrant), to the limping Miss Peregrine. 
  3.  An author’s first novel CAN be good! Can’t wait to see more from Ransom Riggs.

  What I liked: 
  1. Great opening! Fun story! Loved the grandfather and monster talk. Loved the island and creepy house. Loved the bog boy and Horace’s Peculiar ability…man that was bizarre, but cool!
  2.  I liked the whole idea for the book. It was based on old photographs that the author borrowed from different collectors. He used them to weave this fiction story together. What a neat writing exercise that would make! 
  3.  Perfect pacing – good action and it moved along nicely. I didn’t want to put it down! I read it in one weekend.

What I didn’t like: Some of the story is a little far-fetched (time travel loops, Hollowgasts, Wights – with white eyes). I went with it, in the name of fun, though.

Recommend: Yes. If you like MG, odd stories, with a hint of scary, you’ll like this one. The name of the publisher says it all. Quirk Publishing.


  1. I've heard of this book! It sounds pretty good! Nice review!

  2. I love this book! And I am looking forward to a sequel!

    1. Susan,
      Hi girl! I'm glad you liked it too. Yes, it definitely left off like there will be a 2nd book.

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