I decided to give myself a break from the 600 page fantasy novels I’ve been consuming lately and instead pick up a book that has been on my shelf for ages.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has been recommended to me so many times it’s a wonder why I haven’t chosen to pick it up sooner!
Given that this is being marketed as the next greatest book to movie adaptation I figured I would read it before the movie came out. Does the book make me want to see the film set for release on September 30, 2016? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman has just suffered a family tragedy. Armed with this loss he and his dad decide to take a trip to an island off the coast of Wales, where he is searching for answers at the hands of a mysterious Miss Peregrine. As Jacob explores the former Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, his life takes a turn that neither he, nor the reader, will ever expect.
The fact that Ransom Riggs intended the book to be a collection of photographs, leaves me applauding him for coming up with such an intricate story that doesn’t overshadow the collection of pictures. Both the narrative and the photographs work in tandem with each other so well that I stopped listening to this book on audiobook, flipped back to the beginning, and experienced it in the way I think Riggs intended.
Without giving much away I really enjoyed the narrative style of Jacob Portman. He was well-rounded and had a set motivation throughout the novel, which made me really feel for him as a character. The other character I loved, due to her sassy nature, was Miss Peregrine (Eva Greene is going to absolutely slay that role in the movie).
One thing I didn’t like about the book, and is probably why I gave it just a mediocre star rating, was being able to call the Dr. Golan twist. Not the whole twist mind you, but given that his character was unlikable and creepy, I saw his big reveal coming a mile away.
Overall, given the fact that I have kinda left my YA Paranormal days behind me, this book definitely made me reconsider cutting the genre completely out of my life. I look forward to the next time I have enough funds to buy the next book in the series (broke college student problems).
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.