“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
― Ransom Riggs,
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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.
I did not want to read this book. My best friend loves it, but when it first came out I jugded it by it’s cover. I thought it looked creepy, or like a ghost story so I wanted nothing to do with it.
But then my team lead at school said she was wanting to read it in class with our kids. And teenagers usually do like creepier books so I thought I would go ahead and buy it and just try it out. Two things I realized, 1. I don’t think we will be able to read this in a 7th grade setting. There’s quite a bit of bad language. And 2. I loved this book. Not kind of liked it but LOVED it.
I feel guilty for not giving it a chance sooner. It’s not really that creepy. It’s interesting! It’s like nothing I have ever read or would have ever been able to think up. It’s almost like X-men meets Harry Potter with some time travel sprinkled in there. It’s a new, fresh idea that the YA world needed after all the vampire and then post-apoctalyptic fiction that has been the big thing for the past few years.
It was so interesting seeing Jacob grow throughout the book. When you first meet him he seems like a loser almost. Like all of his ambition died out when he was a kid when he decided not to believe in his grandfather’s stories about monsters and peculiar children. But then the unthinkable happens! He gets to go to the island his grandfather always talked about and meets the children from the photographs! What he struggles with at first is if they are real… He’s been through the traumatic experience of finding his grandfather murdered, been diagnosed with PTSD basically from a therapist, his parents and family treat him like he’s crazy, and his best friend doesn’t back up his story to the cops.
It really is a fantastic adventure he goes on. I love the setting of Cairnholm. In most stories the author wants a lavish, over the top setting but this one was understated and mysterious. I quite enjoyed it!
I finished the book midway through the trip and made Ricardo drive me out of the way in Virginia to the closest Barnes & Noble. Most of the states up North are different than Texas, or Dallas I should say. Everything up there is like an hour away! If you want Starbucks you have to drive pretty far, if you want to go to the bookstore be prepared to make the expedition across state lines, etc. It’s such a drive! But Virginia was very pretty and we took mini roadtrips to Philidelphia and Cleveland, Ohio to see the Rock ‘n’Roll Hall of Fame. But for the journey I needed Hollow City, the second book to Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
I’m about halfway done with it as of right now. I took a short break in reading in it because my best friend ordered me Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr from overseas. She’s a beauty, baking, and lifestyle vlogger/blogger from the UK. Then my husband ordered me her second book Tanya Bakes so I had to read that one as well.
Anyway, back to the topic! One of the most intriguing aspects of Ransom Riggs books is that he uses old, interesting photos that he’s found from flea markets and such to tell his story. He says it’s a hobby he had before he started writing to go around and find odd, old pictures and that he would wonder about the people in them. About their lives and where they came from but they’re all anonymous so there’s no way for anyone to actually know. That’s what gave him the idea to write Miss Peregrine’s.
Most authors talk about how they dreamed the idea, or that they brainstorm to come up with plot ideas. He says he just lets the pictures help him do the story telling. I love that! What a unique way to write! I’m jealous I didn’t have the idea first.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. It’s got great character building, setting, new, fresh ideas, and action and adventure. What more could you want from a book!? And the exciting news is that it is being adapted into a film. Tim Burton is the director and it comes out at the end of September! It looks like they may be changing up some of the character rolls versus those in the book but it still looks interesting! I would read the book first though.