Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book 1 in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series.

Published in 2011 by Quirk Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 348 (hardcover edition)

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:
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.

My Review:

Traditionally, I used to review my re reads, but then I stopped because I found, with my favourites such as HP and Throne of Glass, I had the same feelings as I did the first time around, and I couldn’t express my love for the books enough in words! I am re reading Throne of Glass now, well, I’m up to Empire of Storms, and Clockwork Princess in my Shadowhunter re read, and I realise I miss gushing about them! So I am gladly going to assume my re reviews, but from these points in the series. Also, when I first read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I wasn’t as in to book blogging as I am now!

So I just wanted to write the above, which will hopefully explain why I haven’t been as active here, but I will be once more!

I was, to my surprise but delight, sent an ARC of Ransom Riggs’ new book, A Map of Days, which continues the story of Jacob and his peculiar friends. I immediately thought to myself that I would need to re read the original trilogy, in order to fully appreciate A Map of Days, and refresh my mind with all the fabulous and spooky occurrences that happened throughout these books, and just reunite with these amazing characters.

I first read this book back in 2016, and loved every moment! I remembered thinking that I hadn’t read anything like it before, and loved immersing myself in this amazing story, where there were chills aplenty and I never knew what was around the corner!

As soon as I started my re read, I found all those emotions and feelings were coming back to me! I loved reading about Jake, trying to come to terms with the loss of his grandfather, and trying to figure out the history of his life, perhaps a life that he lived full of curious and peculiar people, Jacob initially didn’t know what to believe, and he was put through psychiatric meetings which left him more confused than not!

But when he meets Emma, he knows life has always had an adventure in store for him! And oh, what a pleasure this was to re experience! Just like the first time, I fell in love with Emma, Millard, Hugh and Bronwyn, and Olive once again! I just love all these peculiar characters and I loved reading about their funny abilities, from Bronwyn’s super human strength, to Emma’s fire power, and to Millard’s invisibility! And wow, the time loops awed me just as much as the first time, loving from going from the present day to 1940’s! And I especially loved Miss Alma Peregrine, I admire all of the ymbrene’s fierce devotion to their charges! And the writing is just as captivating as the first time! I felt like I was watching an epic movie play out in my mind as I read it (sidestepping over the film adaption, which was a bit of a let down…well, a lot). But with Riggs’ writing, I felt like I had as many chills as the first time, and I couldn’t put this book down once again! I am well and truly rediscovering a favourite series here!

The character development made me so happy! At first, Emma was unsure about Jacob, and I didn’t blame her, putting myself in her thoughts, but I love how they progressively bonded, and I love how open and friendly Millard is, and how loyal and brave Bronwyn is, and just how these Peculiars embrace their oddities! And how they eventually all accepted and grew so fond of Jake!

This book series definitely makes me happy! I will be diving into Hollow City once again, I can’t wait to re experience what’s in store! I am so excited to read A Map of Days, and equally excited to re discover what is in store in books 2 and 3! I am so glad I get to relive all these moments!

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. πŸ“š

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