Thursday, May 24, 2012

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

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Source: Library
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1)
Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather tell magical stories of his incredible life in the 1940s. Now, as a skeptical, awkward teen, Jacob wishes his life were a little less ordinary, and a bit more like his grandfather's. Little does he know that his life is going to change more drastically, and more magically, than he could ever imagine. 

As soon as I heard that this book was written by John Green's old friend from college AND had been on the NY Times bestsellers list for weeks, I knew I had to read it. I thought it would be a little out of my comfort zone- I'd heard of the creepy pictures, and while I'm fine with reading about horrors, I'm not so great about seeing them. However, I literally shouldn't have judged a book by its cover.

Miss Peregrine's isn't really "scary" at all. It's definitely a captivating,mysterious story, but it lacked the extreme fear factor I thought it would have. However, the plot that Ransom Riggs has created with these photographs (which, yes, those are still creepy) is so creative. I don't want to give too much away, but the settings are great, as well.

And the characters. Jacob is one of my favorite type of protagonists; he's observant, intelligent, a bit of an outsider, and a little self-deprecating. The surrounding cast is quirky, diverse, and, well, peculiar. Through Jacob's memories, I got a really great sense of his grandfather, who seems like quite the character. For the most part, the dialogue is natural and realistic, except for a few spots near the end where Jacob seems to take lines right out of the mouths of cliched action movie heroes. In the scheme of things, though, it didn't really detract from the novel. Jacob is really very insightful and makes a fantastic narrator.

(Not to continue harping on the John Green connection thing, but I can genuinely see Jacob being friends with Miles Halter if they were real people. Just saying.)
*4 stars*
Are you into photography?
A Quote from the Book: " one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated."

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