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

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 who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.

Rating: 4*

Recommended For: 12+

Themes: Identity and acceptance, friendship, good and evil, family relationships

LGBTQIA+ Content: None.

This was a very entertaining and unique read that I enjoyed very much. Jacob was an interesting main character and I found myself empathising with him greatly. His quest to discover the truth of his grandfather’s stories really brought me along with it.

The Peculiars were all interesting and, well, peculiar, in their own ways. Every time we discovered another new character, I was excited to see what their Peculiarity was.

My main concern with this was the writing style. While the ideas were great, there was a bit too much distance created between the reader and the characters. The prose style was in some ways not descriptive enough. That being said, I still really enjoyed this book and I will be buying the next book in the series.

No LGBTQIA+ content.

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