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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs 


First of all, technically this is a kids book. But it's a kids book in the same way as the Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight etc is. It's for grown up kids, isn't that what adults are? I personally love this type of book (except for twilight, friggin HATE Twilight!!!) My eldest read it first, she devoured it actually and was most insistent that I read it straight after! Cait has reviewed as a kids book over on my blog. 

After reading I realise that maybe I should have checked it first; in the first half of the book there is a fair bit of swearing which I didn't realise as we picked it up from the same section we get most of Cait's books. But oh well, I'm sure she has heard worse, there's no harm as long as she isn't using that language I suppose? 

This is a cool book! The author has collected some seriously creepy photos from thrift sales and compiled a story around them. They way he fits them into the narrative is cool, a little clumsy in places, but your imagination can really runaway with you after you've studied them for a bit. 

The story itself is fairly standard for this type of teen fiction; outcast kid who isn't particularly fond of his family, tragic loss early on and then journey of discovery and a battle of good verses evil which obviously leads into a trilogy. The characters have enough about them for you to get a feel for them but the full picture I imagine is being held back for book 2 and 3. Some of the peculiar children are quite awesome and definitely want to get to know them more.

It's quite basic in places but I suppose as the narrator is a teenager it fits. When Jacob, the main character, goes back in time it's very innocent which I really enjoyed; it's a teen's story you don't want it to be cynical and sordid; he has a kiss and it's described as 'nice', isn't that how a kid would describe their first kiss after all?

I think without the photos the story itself would probably loose some of its edge and I might have liked it a lot darker but this is such a good easy read, perfect escapism. My daughter is desperate for the second and third book and to be honest I want to know what's going to happen to Jacob and his peculiar friends.  



Review written by Amy from @kittyandpip

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