SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken From Goodreads.com)
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.
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.
Pages: 352 Pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5 Stars
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
I have to say, I had to sit on this book before I was able to write my review on it. I’m sure you’re wondering: “What? Only three stars?”, and trust me when I say that I’m having similar thoughts.
In all honesty, I really did enjoy this book. I walked into it, believing that it was going to be a creepy story, and walked away with a feeling of surprise! It was a neat blend of low-fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction all rolled into one neat package. (Literally all of my favorite genres rolled into one book. It’s amazing.) Not only that, but Ransom’s writing style had a classic feel to it and it was very comfortable to read and the style made it easy to fall into the story.
One of the themes or motifs, one could say, has to do with time. There is the time line of the actual story and there are other elements of time that come into play (due to spoilers, I am omitting the other appearance of time). It reminded me of Doctor Who, in a good way, which helped to add dimensionality to the world Ransom was playing around with. I enjoyed the added effect or pressure the element of time added to our characters and their overall mission.
However, for some reason I struggled to connect with the story, and I do not know why that is. The characterization was great, the story was interesting (albeit slow to move within the beginning), and the story has left me curious to see what else Ransom has in store for us. But, there is just something that I cannot love about it, and I have yet to name what that is.
I will be reading the rest of the trilogy, seeing as I own all of them anyways, and I’m hopeful that I’m going to find the moment when the trilogy clicks for me and I fall in love with them. Until then!
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”
― Ransom Riggs,