Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Hardcover | June 7, 2011

byRansom Riggs

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The #1 New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench. 
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.
“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”—John Green, New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars
“With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+”—Entertainment Weekly
“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People
“You’ll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It’s a mystery, and you’ll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself.”—Seventeen

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The #1 New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench.  A mysterious island.  An abandoned orphanage.  A strange collection of very curious photographs.  It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Ho...

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children—Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his ser...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.46 × 5.45 × 0.99 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594744769

ISBN - 13:9781594744761

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Premise I really enjoyed this first installment. I think writing a story based on a collection of found photos is such an interesting idea as a writer. It's almost as if we can see the author's creative process when writing this novel. Would definitely recommend to readers of all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Reminiscent of Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series of 2016 This has been, hands-down, one of my favourite reads of 2016. The story is so bizarre and compelling, the characters truly strange but still relateable. I loved Hollow City as well, and am waiting for Library of Souls to come out in trade paper so that it matches the rest of my series.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So unique! Summary: Jacob travels to a Welsh Island to get answers about who his grandfather is and what happened to him. Jacob's grandfather always told him stories about a place and people that just couldn't be real. Right? Well Jacob's about to find out. Review: I thought this book was pretty brilliant. It's a pretty unique idea. Peculiar children. Time loops. Time travel. Monsters. It's all very interesting and just my thing. And then Ransom Riggs creates the story around real old creepy photography's that have existed for years and years. It's pretty cool and a pretty genius idea for his first book. There is a wide range of all different individual personalities. Even if they didn't have names, you'd be able to tell them apart. I was able to read the book in less then three days. I never lost interest, it flowed well, and I don't think I have ever been able to picture a story so well in my head before. No matter how much explaining I try to do, it won't matter. It's one of those books you just have to read yourself.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good The beginning was fantastic but the rest was pretty bland.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love with this book I read this book couples of months ago, and it's still hauting me ! I can't wait to read the other ones. The only reason i haven't yet is because i'm trying to give me time to really sink in!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a unique story! I had a hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed how the world was so incredibly unique. It did have its creepy moments but all in all, it was a really cool, supernatural read.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I couldn't put it down and bought the next one the next day
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I went into this expecting quite a bit. My mom has raved the story and so has quite a few friends so I expected quite a bit. The start of it was good with the mystery and that but then I feel like it tapered off. Like it didn't live up to the start and then it got confusing and weird. The climax didn't feel well thought out and it bugs me when love interests of family members fall in love with the main. It's creepy and doesn't feel right. But I will eventually read the rest of the series just not yet.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A magical world to escape to This book is a great escape from our reality. I know the cover looks weird, but don't judge a book by its cover really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel! I loved the way that Ransom Riggs used historic photographs to add to the overall sinister feel of this novel, and it blended perfectly with his carefully constructed mystery and eerie writing style to create one of the most original YA novels I'd read in a long time. Definitely recommend this one!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing I loved the idea behind the book, using old pictures to tell a story. I just found it' didn't live up to expectations. I wasn't drawn into the story.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fantasy read! I enjoyed the plot and the way the author uses the old photographs to illustrate the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book. I have fantasy and the movie is lovely
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok Not my favourite but it was alright
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different/Unique There was points that I had to push thru but found that I could not put the book down at the same time. Not a book for everyone but is the book for those looking for something unusual something different from their normal. This is for those who believe that there could be special powers or that people with differences have a place in the world.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me. I stop reading halfway. The idea was really interesting but there was something clearly missing, I don't know if it's because I read and enjoy less of teen book, but I think the idea could have been much more exploit. And I didn't like the boy, at all.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not overly enjoy this book #plumreview I feel like I am in small few who just did not enjoy this book. Could not get into it. Had to make myself keep going through chapters to finish.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy Read This book was amazing, I'm a college student and found it to be a great book, so its not limited to younger audiences. I read it within 4 days so its a quick read but incredibly enjoyable and descriptive. I would recommend this to anyone of any age!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! just a fun easy read. Great way to spend a sunday afternoon.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique It was a unique type of book, but perhaps not my genre. Started off a little slow, but for some reason I couldn't really get into it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I bought this book on a whim; I was just looking for something to read while camping. Truth be told, I didn't think I'd like the book but it was amazingly written. I finished it the day I bought it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peculiar The photos are so great and the story behind it is beautuiful.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Unique The peculiar photos created vivid images in my head and the book was exciting and mysterious
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read I was so intrigued by this book that I quickly devoured the next one right after. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Really unique book, but the hardcover editions are much nicer.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book! Really enjoyed this book I read it every morning on my way to work, fast read, very excited for the rest of the sequel.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmm... I don't know why but I just couldn't get into this book. Maybe I'll try reading it again later...
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the uniqueness of this novel! Ranson Riggs has become one of my favourite authors, and it all started with this book! It is so unique, haunting, and downright amazing. Would also recommend reading the other 2 books from the trilogy as well, they are just as amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a really good and fast read. The book did not disappoint and the photos added in made the book that much better!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very original Photo tie-ins were very clever. What a great writing prompt!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good book so glad I bought all 3 books at once, so I can start reading right away
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting read The book is very interesting. Once you start reading , you dont want to stop. Dont forget to look at the pictures. They look scary but at the same time intriguing. Happy reading!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this novel especially the incorporation of the photographs that are at least mostly real and submitted by people. Gives a great added touch to the story and spurs the imagination to want to know more and gives it a personal touch.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORING!# Tried this novel 5 times already and I just don't like it.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good This is not what I normally read, but I did find it entertaining. Looking forward to seeing the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Its exciting and thrilling to read. A great recommendation for any age group!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I liked this book and although I won't be purchasing the other ones in this series because I didn't LOVE it, I will still be getting them from my local library!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! I read this book back when it first came out, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It didn't feel predictable or like anything I'd read before, and I appreciate that.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Wasn't sure what to expect. Got way more than I hoped for. I was hooked from the first chapter to the last. Can't wait to read the other books in this series. May have been written for a younger audience, but this senior loved it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a good read! this is such a good book!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Children with Supernatural powers! Make sure to read before the movie comes out!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay, better for younger audience Just meh. I probably would have liked this book better when I was 10-13, just more of a children's novel. I feel like the movie will be a darker version of the Nanny McPhee movie with magic and weird kids and an old woman taking care of lots of kids. I'll wait for it to hit Netflix to see it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and unique. I loved this book. I could not stop reading it after I started, and ended up binge reading it in one sitting. I have never read anything quite like this before, and cannot wait to continue on with the series.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MAGICAL I loved this book. It was entertaining to read and so well written.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! I loved this book; it was amazing! Such a great story and great characters! I really recommend if you love fiction/fantasy.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced The photographs in the book might seem a tad bit creepy but they do such a beautiful job of helping to paint the picture in your head. Wonderful story. Wonderful characters. Read the first book and did not stop there. LOL. I bought the whole set.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really interesting novel, and the photos that are inside really bring the novel to life.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book and the whole series. Great characters, and story
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Unique! Summary: Jacob travels to a Welsh Island to get answers about who his grandfather is and what happened to him. Jacob's grandfather always told him stories about a place and people that just couldn't be real. Right? Well Jacob's about to find out. Review: I thought this book was pretty brilliant. It's a pretty unique idea. Peculiar children. Time loops. Time travel. Monsters. It's all very interesting and just my thing. And then Ransom Riggs creates the story around real old creepy photography's that have existed for years and years. It's pretty cool and a pretty genius idea for his first book. There is a wide range of all different individual personalities. Even if they didn't have names, you'd be able to tell them apart. I was able to read the book in less then three days. I never lost interest, it flowed well, and I don't think I have ever been able to picture a story so well in my head before. No matter how much explaining I try to do, it won't matter. It's one of those books you just have to read yourself.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So creepy but so good I was hooked right from the start. A couple years ago I stumbled upon the comic of the book, which was weird but gave me some really fantastic images to go along with when I read the book. :)
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Love the book, it is not as scary as it seems but the story line is very interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! This is a great series. Love the concept using vintage photographs to tell the story.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Unique Story This is a one of a kind novel for young and old alike! The photos included are incredible and add interest and eeriness to the novel. Well written, well thought out and impossible not to love.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 This book has become my favorite of all time! It was eerie, fun, interesting and peculiar. What more can you ask for! <3 thx Ransom Riggs
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a 'let down' Long story short, I was expecting a thriller, horror, but it ended up being about teen romance and fantasy. Although portrayed as a thriller... Concept didn't keep me intrigued..
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a great book! the illustrations are also really interesting to look at. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Didn't know what to expect with this one but the read wasn't anything spectacular.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting At first, I thought it would be a very creepy novel and it was, with a very unique twist to it. It's very original, but I got a bit bored in the middle and stopped reading it for awhile. My friends really like this book, so it might just be me. In brief, it's a good story , but it was hard to connect to the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Really interesting story and the pictures in the book added to the creepy factor! Really good! Looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Beginning to a Trilogy Note: At the time of writing this review, I have NOT seen the movie adaption and am well aware that there's some differences between the two. The take on some characters is different on the big screen but I'm here solely to discuss and review the book, not the movie. On to the book review. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children has a lot of mystery and intrigue that can keep any reader deeply embedded in the story and fans of fiction surrounding events set during world war 2 and time travel may also find a home here among the peculiar children. The strongest part of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, for me, was definitely the first half even if it read a little slow for some. The side characters were well rounded and interesting. Most of the pictures were eerie, just as promised and I loved the introductions to the island and characters. Control over the elements, levitation, invisibility, and super strength made the characters read like X-Men fan characters and at times, it made for a boring read, especially when the lead character had the most plot convenient power out of them all with the ability to single out the antagonists for the series. The romance in here also is a major draw back and happened way to fast. The fact that Jacob noted at one point it felt almost incestuous to go after the girl a relative had affections for was enough to make me cringe. Regarding the leads, Jacob was a little too bland, not really coming into himself until he found his place among the children and Emma is the cookie cutter Tsundere, running hot and cold until her and Jacob become a 'thing' before evening out. There were moments that ran flat, but when tensions ran high, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children was one hell of a ride.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So awesome So creepy. So good. Need to keep reading once you've started
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I really liked the writing and it was so different from a lot of things I've read, though the relationships were a little strange... (SPOILER: protagonist likes his grandfather's old girlfriend) The photographs inside were very interesting, but I didn't really like the cover. I am glad it was turned into a film however and it is definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a must even if you don't love YA. This is an amazing book. the fantastique and the bit of time travelling... really captiving #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ I picked this up purely based on the cover and was not disappointed. It was entertaining the whole way through.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Read! This book is truly original and the pictures really add a crucial element towards the story-line. For fans of the paranormal and unexplained, this book will keep you interested until the last page! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ....Peculiar Peculiar really is the best word for it, and while I'm not finished reading the complete series I think it was brilliant and so creative! It's been a while since I've read something and become so excited about so early into it, and I can definitely see why it was made into a film! The photographs added a whole other element to the story and it was lovely to read. I can't say I'm too big of a fan of the cover, but the story itself was amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really unique Ransom Riggs' writing and narration style is refreshingly unique. This book is a great YA Historical a Fiction/Fantasy
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Trilogy! I own the trilogy set and it took me on such a great journey, I grew super close to the characters and enjoyed the adventure with them. I saw the movie as well and it was well put together except for the clear differences. I definitely recommend if you're looking for a new read. Give it a try :)
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good #plumreview Unique.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this book...#plumreview This book was awesome, I picked this up at my daughters book fair and thought she would like to read it. In turn I was interested and had to take a peek.... The writing was very well done. It kept you wondering what happened to the children to get to the place that they are in and how their adventures are. I enjoyed this book!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview This book was awesome.... The writing was very well done. It kept you wondering what happened to the children to get to the place that they are in and how their adventures are. I enjoyed this book!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly peculiar. An astounding book expertly delivering goosebumps and pumping adrenaline at the excitement it provides. This book was truly excellent, I'd have been heartless not to want more of it. Riggs's writing style, his ingenious idea of adding a unique touch of vintage, eerie photographs to tell the story of a peculiar boy meeting his peculiar people just had me wanting more. If you find that you are craving for an exciting read where there are good visuals provided, this book is a treasure find for you.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! Such a good plot and great writing! The pictures really added to the world I was imagining in my head!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Very original!! Loved this book! Great twist and turns Very original . Love the photos which are used to portrait individuals in the story.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children What a terrific book! I'm not normally into YA fantasy fiction, but I found the cover picture and the pictures inside so intriguing that I bought the book immediately. I guess I must have been living under a rock. I had never even heard of the series (yes, it is a series) and it is about to be released as a motion picture (by Tim Burton - the absolute right choice for this book!). Jacob's grandfather was sent into hiding to escape the Nazi's in 1940 - the only one of his family members to survive. After moving to America and starting his own family, he told Jacob fantastic stories of his youth - stories of mansions, children with peculiar abilities, headmistresses who could become birds, monsters and time loops. As Jacob became older, he filed these stories under 'fairy tales'. But are they? When Jacob's grandfather meets a gruesome death, he leaves instructions for Jacob to find his childhood home and friends. This book is excellent. Ransom Riggs is a collector of vintage, creepy pictures and used many of them to help tell his story. There is just the right mix of suspense, adventure, family drama. Although the book is advertised as a YA, it easily translates into Adult literature. It held my interest right until the final page and me me eager to begin the next book in the series.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Ever This book is humourous, haunting, creepy, enchanting and adventurous. I finished it in 2 days and it was amazing. The next day I bought the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved the book, my friend a few months ago told me about this book and what she told me was very intriguing that I just had to go to the book store and get it the next day and I'm glad I got it, the characters were very interesting and fascinating, this was literally the first chapter book I ever read and finished and it got me into reading. I highly recommend this book for kids 11-12, teens, and Young adults.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! It's filled with tons of photos of strange people which I found out are all real! Once you match the real photos to the fantasy story, mix in real WWII history and modern characters, you get a fantastic book. I would totally recommend this book for all ages over 13. Be careful- don't watch the upcoming movie trailer because its nothing compared to the book- totally different.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series got my 11 yr old reading! This series is single-handedly responsible for developing a newfound love of reading in my 11-yr old. I have been disappointed that she had very little interest in reading but now has been working her way through all 3 novels and can't put them down. We need to make her turn her light out at night!! I was so intrigued I had to read them too - and admit I couldn't put them down either! Highly recommend this series for young adults!!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this. I read this last 2014, and until now I'm still loving it!
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I enjoyed this story very much. I give this book a 4.5 due to its somewhat predictability but that does not deter from the great narative that was this novel. I could not seem to put it down! Jacob Portman grew up hearing his grandfather's childhood stories of an orphanage he grew up in during the second World War. To escape Natzi capture, Abe was sent from Poland to an isolated Welsh island under the care of Miss Peregrine. As a young child, Jacob looked forward to those unbelievable tales of the children his grandfather grew up with - a levitating girl, an invisible boy, a boy with bees living in his belly, and many more. As Jacob grew older, his grandfather's tales became just made-up stories too far fetched to believe. When a tragedy rocks 16 year old Jacob's world, it leads him to the island where Abe grew up and the mystery that is Miss Peregrines' s Home for Peculiar Children. Moreover, the premise perhaps there was more to the children who lived there and the possibility Abe was telling the truth.
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love this series! Extremely well written and will keep you on the edge of your feet. The images include in the novel really add to the book, it helps make it come even more alive. Recomended to anyone!
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could Easily Be A Movie This is a novel I would adore to see in a Coraline/Paranorman stop motion style animated movie. While I had thought it was a stand alone book (it isn't) I wasn't unhappy about that. These are genuinely interesting characters with a very unique life style both in their past in their present. It is considered a YA novel, makes sense, but any person could read this and be both haunted and intrigued.
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book Sharing all the sentiments already noted by other reviews :) The pictures really brought all the characters alive. I always admire writers who have such imaginations. I have to read the next two books as well, although the 3rd one isn't getting the reviews I'd like to see.
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love Loved this series!! I'm almost done of Library of Souls now and have loved everything about it, including the pictures
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children This book was wonderful. Not at all what I expected,but that is a good thing. I had expected this story to be creepy . It is not creepy. does it have parts that if made into a movie could be scary.....yes.... it is a mystery slash coming of age story that touches on a lot of issues we have in this world todsy,like secret agent lives,dementia,r sheltered rich boy,jealousy, family bond,and love.The author could have went sooo many creepy horrific ways in this story to keep the children,"children". I m glad he did not climb on the ghost,or zombie trains. Looking forward to book two.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome :) The story and character progression is quite interesting. The photographs add a special touch to the book! Definitely a unique and enjoyable read!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome :) The story and character progression is quite interesting. The photographs add a special touch to the book! Definitely a unique and enjoyable read!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative genius I really loved the creativity. I thought that each of the peculiar children were so memorable. When I finally read the sequel almost 2 years after I read this one, I still remembered each of the individual characters. It was really well written.
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun A really cute and fun read. The pictures are phenomenal.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Amazing and Refreshing This book caught my eye a long time ago and when I finally decided to read it I was under the impression it would be a bit more of a horror book but its not. It is by far one of the most unique stories I have ever read and it brought to mind similar emotions that I felt when reading Harry Potter. Its just so different and clever and I cannot rave enough about the story. Ransom Riggs is brilliant to create something with such a stimulating visual appeal along with it.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing! I bought this book almost a month ago and I finished it within three days. It was nothing like I had expected; it was so much better! Such a good read!
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ms Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Entertaining, I think though that it is more suitable for young readers. A little too fantastical for me.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written The vintage photos made this book special but the wonderfully creative writing made it exquisite I am excited to read the next book
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it couldn't put it down ! Such a good read I couldn't put it down day and night and read it can't wait to start the second book! Also can't wait to see the movie being made by tim burton!
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting The book wasn't actually what I thought it would be but I was pleasantly surprised. It's more of a young adult book it seems to me but I really enjoyed it and will read the sequel.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar C Definitely a story for tweens. The characters are fun & the hero is likeable. Photos are reminscent of those one can find in your grandparents trunks in the attic
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I really enjoyed this book. :) :) :) I really enjoyed this book. :) :) :) I really enjoyed this book. :) :) :)
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A charmed modern fantasy I loved this novel. It takes very real feelings, events and locales and enriches them with the sweet exoticism of magic. It was a quick but very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was nothing like I expected. It was soo much better!! Having the old unique photos to go with the story line was perfect. It was so cool getting to see them.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected When I started reading this book I had a hard time getting involved this novel only has 12 chapters and it wasn't until chapter 5-6 that my attention was captivated. It was honestly not what I expected, and draws you to start the sequel book right away. I will say that Ransom Riggs is one of the most detailed with his descriptions, which kept me reading. In the end worth the read. The use of vintage pictures and how he intertwined them into the story was quite spectacularm so skilled.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Read I loved this book. The whole concept was fantastic, the idea of structuring a story around interesting vintage photographs is so unique. As much as I loved the story, I think I liked the photos just as much. This was definitely a story that captured the imagination -- it made me want to dive right into Miss Peregrine's world and get to know the children living in her home. This is a book filled with adventure and magic and good story telling. I can hardly wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believable, excellent fantasy! I thought I knew what it was going to be about: a grandson discovering the horrors of his grandfather's youth in a terrifying orphanage. I'm glad I was wrong. This is an adult - young adult book. The mystery truly captivated me a all the way through.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my usual read, but it's OK Reading this book was almost like stepping into a childhood dream. Normally I prefer realistic fiction but it kept me interested. I still haven't decided if I want to pick up the sequel.
Date published: 2014-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I've been eyeing Miss Peregrine's for a while now. Every time I'd see it at a bookstore, I'd want to grab it but wasn't sure how I'd like it. It's one of those books that's gotten quite the hype but at the same time there's a lot of people who didn't like it. I quickly skimmed through the synopsis but didn't pay too much attention to it and just dived into it right away. One of the things that I enjoyed about this book is that it didn't have a prolonged and boring beginning. It was easy to get into and didn't take long to finish. The story is told from Jacob's POV, a 16-year old who doesn't have many friends and is generally unhappy about his lifestyle. As the book progresses, we see him turn into someone who's stronger and can defend himself within a matter of weeks. The story itself is quite strange and I do applaud Ransom for it because I definitely didn't predict anything when I first started reading. My favourite part of the book would definitely have to be the photographs! At the end of the book, it mentions that all the photos are actual real vintage photos that were collected by these people who would scour flea markets and old shops looking for peculiar photos! How cool is that? This book was definitely something unique and I enjoyed every bit of it! The only issue I had, which I think is the reason why some people didn't enjoy the book, is that after finishing the book, I went back and read the synopsis again and to be honest, I feel that it is overly exaggerated. It's hard to explain why without giving away the plot, which can't be discussed without spoiling the story. In the synopsis, it mentions that the pictures are "haunting" and that the Peculiar Children are possibly dangerous and have been quarantined. After reading the book, I realize that these words are slightly true but I still wouldn't really consider this book to be a thriller. It falls somewhere in between the YA and Middle Grade genre, so honestly how scary do you think it would be? Not much, as assumed, so if you're going into the book looking for a haunting book, this is not it. This is a paranormal yet it's not life-scarring. So my suggestion would be to ignore the synopsis and ignore the hype and just get into it right away. Enjoy it for what it is because I truly did! Oh and just to show how much I loved it, I ended up picking up Hollow City the moment I finished Miss Peregrine's.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Kinda creepy but it suits the story so well. This novel truly makes your imagination grow! The characters are amazing.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Can't believe I enjoyed a book meant for teens that much. A real puzzler.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book This book is so mysterious, and it's half horror half suspense
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took a chance I got this book free a long time ago. Took a chance and it was a great read. I bought the second book.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness! Pure fun! I say the title to this post says it all! This is my first read worthy of my time to actually write a review! This is been the best story-adventure-romantic-comedy-fantastic journey of a book in a long time! Can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! WOW! What a book! Even though it is a short novel -eleven chapters- it is such a fascinating, interesting, jaw-dropping, adventurous book that I could not put down ! The story line is so unique and different it makes you want to continue reading. I cannot wait to purchase the second book to continue and find out what happens. Most definitely worth reading !
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention Adventure Seekers: A novel you'll never forget! “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.” (Riggs, 347). These were Jacob’s first words after he realized the truth about his grandfather and that collection of incredibly peculiar photographs. In this fiction novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, sixteen-year-old Jacob sets out on a journey to an island just off the coast of Whales. While he’s there, he discovers something that changes his life forever. One of my favourite things about this novel was that I could not put it down! There were so many different twists in every chapter and the love story the author added in made it even better! Also, it was as if you were in the story yourself because it really pulls you in! Another thing I like was that this novel really opened up my mind to new things. I feel like the author was trying to show that there’s a lot going on in the world that you aren’t aware of and there’s so much left to discover. Over all, I think this book would please adults and teens the most, but really anyone who would want to read an exciting adventure novel would definitely fall in love with this one. Although this book was sometimes hard to follow because of how different it is from other novels, it is still one of the best books I’ve ever read!
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! Strongly Recommend it! It kept me turning the pages late into the night! The pictures add to the amazing story that is being told.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An unpopular opinon From the description of the book and the pictures in it, I was expecting this book to be way more thrilling and I guess a little more "scary". I was really excited to read this book and in the end was kind of disappointed in the whole book. I will likely not be reading the second one. 
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very imaginative!!! I loved this book! It has such a creative storyline that I couldn't help get caught up in it right from the beginning. I definitely recommend it!!!!!
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I received this book from my wife at Christmas. I had zero expectations as I had never heard of it before. The concept seemed pretty cool. The thing I liked: the pictures. The things I didn't like: uninteresting characters. Yes I know some can fly, super strength etc etc. but they are extremely flat, boring characters. I never knew which was which when they were referred to by name because they are so forgettable. Slow story. Literally nothing happens as 3/4 of the book is like groundhog day. Lastly (I have this problem with a lot of books) is the poor writing of younger characters. 
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I had this book on my wish list. It looked interesting... but then I started to read it and never did finish it. I was terrible. Slow. Odd. Disappointing. The photographs were the best part of the book. I really wanted to like it, and I can read almost anything, but I had to give up on this one.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow In this intricately plotted novel, a young man searches for the truth to the tall tales he assumes are fiction after witnessing the gruesome death of his grandfather. This search leads him to a strange island that has a bomb scarred orphanage that doesn't seem to be empty, and a some monsters that seem to be fact and not the fairy tale that he has always assumed. Interspersed with some wonderful photographs, it makes for a very compelling read that may seem to start slow, but ends up in a wonderful mix of fantasy and mystery.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cool Book Love this book! If I'm being COMPLETELY honest, the story itself is probably only worth 3 stars, but the pictures and the idea of using them to illustrate the story brings it up to 5 for me. The story isn't as creepy as it is advertised, but that's okay. Some of the old photos are so incredibly cool, they really add depth to the story. I can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Being a Teenager has it's Trials Sixteen year old Jacob Portman just wanted to be fired from his job at the pharmacy. He hated it that his uncles had other plans; they intended for him to work in the family empire, not caring what Jacob wanted to do. What he wanted was to spend more time with his grandfather. He would reflect back on the magical stories he used to tell him when he was young. A floating girl, and invisible boy, and many other impossibilities. It was easy to believe these when he was little, but now, an older and wiser Jacob knew better. That didn't stop him from adoring Grandpa Abe. One day at work, Jacob received a frantic call from his grandfather telling him that the monsters were coming for him. Jacob rushed to his side, but he was too late. Abe laying dying, torn open by what the police later confirmed was a wild animal attack. With his final breaths, he told Jacob to find the bird and mumbled some other cryptic details. Even with the help of counselling, Jacob was not able to let go of his grandfather's horrific death. Finally, he convinced his parents that he needed to travel to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather had lived in a children's home for war orphans. There he hoped to find some clue to Abe's final message. I listened to the audio book version of this twice in the past few months. The second time I enjoyed it so much better than the first. This second time I was able to enjoy the wealth of detail, while the first time I was so busy trying to follow the story and time lines. This was read by Jesse Bernstein. 9 hours 42 minutes. From Books on Tape. The descriptions were so vivid and the voices so well done, that I was able to visualize each of the children and photographs that Jacob looked at periodically throughout the story. It was only later that I learned that the paper version shows the discussed photos and even images of the 'letters' which Jacob reads. In this novel, we find that it's not easy being a teenager no matter the time period. Jacob has to deal with bullying at school, yet his grandfather had to deal with a war and with the monsters he keeps talking about. Then there are the other children at the home, they have to deal with the isolation from their families as well as from a normal relationship with the rest of the population of the island. Spoiler Alert: There is only one tiny thing that bothered me in this book, and it is not something that the target audience of 14+ would notice. Emma leads Jacob down into a sunk boat. They are at least twelve feet underwater, and Emma picks up a hose, clears the water from it with a little puff of air and starts breathing. Then she hands the hose to Jacob and he breaths from it. As a trained scuba diver, this isn't going to work. As I said, this is a small thing, and I wasn't going to let it stop me from fully enjoying this book. End of Spoiler Alert On his website, Ransom Riggs indicated that he is working on a follow up to this book which he plans to have ready at some point in 2013.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A work of art wrapped in an intricate story! Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather Abe's stories of fantastical and harrowing adventures, most stemming from the orphanage he grew up in - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. How peculiar exactly are these children? Just judging from the photos on the covers - things get really weird. I had seen this book at the bookstore several times, and I was always creeped out by the photos and the premise doesn't give much away. It wasn't until I actually bought the book and really looked at it that I noticed the girl on the cover is levitating, it just made me all that more excited to find out what was going on. Our main character Jacob loved his grandfather Abe and his stories about the war, and the unique children he befriended at the orphanage he grew up in with their unusual abilities. But like any child, he got older and became increasingly skeptical about how real these stories could be. It's incredible how we rationalize everything, even when there's real physical photographic proof in front of us and Jacob is no different. But when his grandfather dies in a horrific accident, Jacob starts to question his sanity while plagued with nightmares and his grandfather's last request. Piecing the fragments of his grandfather's life together, Jacob ends up on a remote isle off the coast of Wales to search for answers - but he soon gets sucked into a world full of wonders and dangers he couldn't even begin to imagine. Grandfather Abe completely reminds me of Grandpa Abe from The Simpsons. He tells war stories, and each time the version changes a little bit and it gets wilder and couldn't possibly be true. Soon relatives start brushing him off and thinking he's not that mentally stable anymore. But boy are you in for a surprise when the truth about Abe's life is uncovered and how hard he tried to the very end to fend off the things that go bump in the night. This book is definitely a work of art; from the eerie photos to the end papers, to the in between chapter papers and the handwritten letters - it's all gorgeous and makes this an enveloping and engaging read. Although I don't think I'll ever be able to look at the photos for more than a few seconds - it feels like their unblinking eyes are just boring into your soul, even after we get to know some of these peculiar children. The story immediately draws you in with the photos, and Abe's unfortunate end, but then it lulls a bit as Jacob struggles to figure things out. But Riggs does an excellent job contrasting Jacob's life before and after these life altering events so that when he does find the orphanage he easily fits in and it just feels right that he's there. However, for me this is where the story shifted gears completely. It was no longer a creepy mystery and I just didn't feel as invested in the story as I did before. It turns into a superheroes unite to save the world kind of situation and while I still wanted to know what happens, the last half of the story ends up as a predictable set up for the sequel and left a lot of questions unanswered. This story definitely has a unique and intriguing plot bolstered by old fashioned photos (and apparently they're all real?) and I generally enjoyed it. I had expected a lot of suspense and horror, but I never really got apprehensive at any point. It was like listening to your grandfather tell you a story and just watching it all unfold safely from a distance.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic story based on real bizarre photographs Jacob has grown up with his grandfather Abe’s outlandish stories and had become more and more skeptical as he got older. When Abe dies in a bizarre circumstance, Jacob tries to piece together his grandfather’s life and have some closure with the traumatic event by travelling to the island that Abe had grown up on. The most striking thing about this book is that the story is written from actual bizarre black & white photographs. The origins and circumstances behind these pictures may be known or not, but Riggs has concocted an amazingly fluid narrative that ties these together. It was amazing to think that these photos actually already existed and weren’t taken for the purposes of the book. I actually had no idea what to expect with this book prior to picking it up. The cover looked creepy, and I was intrigued. The story that develops between the covers is so well thought out and so much more than just a collection of “bizarre photos”. I felt it a bit reminiscent of Big Fish, where one may think another’s stories have been so embellished through the years that the truth of it has been lost. That journey to find the origin of those outlandish stories is what Miss Peregrine’s reminded me of. The cast of personalities that Riggs has created are so vivacious and full of character that they really fit with the images. You felt like you were actually seeing photos of the people he was describing. While the plot does take an unexpected turn, a twist that’s even stranger than the photos, it does leave it open for a future installment, which is tentatively slated for June 2013. This, and other reviews can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unnfathomably delightful. Ransom Riggs is what i like to refer to as my 'soul author'. When he describes a scent, however putrid or rank, it wafts up my nostrils. When he describes the creaking of the stairs or the run-down nature of a structure, i see it, feel it give, and worry myself above the potential cave in. He is pure unaltered, awesome. This story is both enchanting and completely bizarre, though at the same time inspiring. I recommend. I truly do. 17 stars. It was a joy ride.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why the hype? I apologize in advance for any jumbled up words. I am rather in a conflicted state of mind. I'm in love with how the book is set upped and I am feeling rather guilty for giving it 4 stars. My reasoning is down below... I've been looking for a great supernatural read that didn't involve the typical Big Four: vampires, werewolves, faeries and angels. So when I saw this book on Goodreads, I knew i had high hopes it. Peculiar. Oh how this reminds me of the GONE series by Michael Grant. It's paranormal fiction without those over-done Big Four. Every one of the peculiar children grew on me and made me care for them. It's like visiting a museum when I look at their pictures. I picture what was going on in their heads? What had been said and done before the pictures were taken? Like with almost every other book I have read, the main character was not my favourite and yet he was tolerable and I even connected with him at times. So I give a high five to the author for that! :) I loved the pictures that were partnered up with the story. As mentioned above, it brought into a state where I had to study every single one and take in every single detail. I loved the way it made me felt. This book dealt with the pass, during the Second World War. I've always loved stories which have taken in that era and this one pulled me right in. And when it was in the present day, I thought the book did very well to illustrate a foreign country for me. I felt equally mystified by the present setting as I did for the past. The reason this book lost one star for me was because I felt at times I could not stay entertained. I was looking forward to learning more about every one of the peculiars and yet it never came. I guess I was sort of hoping for a deeper incite to the past lives of all of the peculiars and it wasn't the route the author took. I felt my interest grow at parts and sank at others, so would have to give this book 4 stars. P.S.: THE ENDING WAS VERY TOUCHING AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE 'EM PECULIARS. I felt that at the very end, I got to know all of them a bit better an it made me appreciate this book.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was interesting I found the beginning choppy, a little sluggish. Not sure if that's the best way to describe it. In the end I really got caught up in the story and wanted to see what would happen. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't believe there is a follow up to this book and thinking back, I think its the best thing to do for these characters. It's not my usual type of book, but I enjoyed the imagery and would recommend it if someone asked about it... Not the first book that would come to mind if someone asked "what should I read"
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wasn't captivated The hole story is pretty hard to read, I mean , when you look at the pictures it's like a bit crazy in a way of mental illness(not talking about the author) and for some people, it's hard to read about these type of things. The biggining made me wonder what wil happen next, but after getting on the island, things took the down road. Every single page made me want to put the book down, there was no action for so long and when action came, it didn't make up for all the other chapters that left me yawning. On the bright side, the pictures really fit in with the whole scenario. The book would be better off made out of pictures.
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peculiar I originally borrowed this book from a friend, I got a quarter ways through and stopped. The book scared me a little but I kept wondering about the ending, and what would happen. I eventually bought the book and i'm very glad that I did. It is incredibly well written and I'd recommend it to nearly anyone. Read it slowly and make sure to enjoy it!!(:
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! I loved this book! It left me wanting more like any good book should!
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Facinating Concept, Great Story This was such a fascinating book to read. I was immediatly drawn in by the spooky, odd pictures, and the dust jacket review. This is a great story about loss, life, and the things that really matter. I absolutely fell in love with the main character, Jacob. The story and characters were very well written. the mystery and intrigue were paced very well. I cant wait for more from Ransom Riggs.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Boring!! I read this book even though there were mixed reviews, some thought this book was horrifying and others thought it was okay. I really struggled to complete this book, the story line was dull, the pictures were the best part of the book. The writer would have been better off just creating a picture book. I do not recommend this book to anyone and I will read just about anything but this book made me fall asleep.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and unique! Obviously, I’m not a stickler for detail, because it wasn’t until I started reading Ransom Riggs’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children that I realized the little girl pictured on the cover is actually floating. Even though I didn’t notice this small detail, I was still immediately intrigued by this book because of the spooky looking cover. Everything — from the picture, to it being printed in black and white, to the fonts and design — drew me in. It was cover-love at first sight. That being said, this wasn’t my favourite book. I don’t want to knock it down or anything, but my favourite thing about this book was the cover design and the layout and design of the innards of the book — the pages devoted to the beginning of each chapter, the almost vintage quality of the entire book, and — most of all — the inclusion of the creepy photos throughout the novel. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children is a book about Jacob, a 15-year-old boy who’s best friend is his grandpa. He doesn’t lead the best life — his parents are wealthy, owning a chain of pharmacies across Florida, and one day Jacob will own it. But he’s not thrilled about it. His life seems to be lacking excitement, except for when he sits with his grandpa, who tells him stories of his past. These stories revolve around an orphanage on a mysterious island; an orphanage where he had quite the variety of friends, from a girl who could float, to one who can conjure up fire, to another who is invisible. When Jacob’s grandpa dies, Jacob convinces his dad to take him to the island where his grandfather grew up, in the hopes that he can find the orphanage and learn more about his grandpa — and the mysterious way he died. For me, when I think about the story itself, I think the first half of it was the strongest. I loved the stories from Jacob’s grandpa, and the descriptions of the kids at the orphanage. I was creeped out by the inclusion of the photos, but thought they were incorporated well for the most part. Riggs’s writing isn’t too difficult, it was almost like reading a Percy Jackson novel — I liked the main character and the adventures he was undertaking. The story itself wasn’t creepy, which is what I expected from the cover and from the synopsis on the front flap. I felt like this book could have been extremely creepy, had Riggs went that route. The photos were one of my favourite parts of the book — some were quite tame, others spine-tingling creepy and weird — but I really think they could have done more for the story. Photos of kids at the orphanage were mentioned by Jacob’s grandpa, but then these kids weren’t anywhere else in the novel. It’s almost like Riggs chose the safer kids to actually incorporate into the bones of the novel — rather than some of the creepier ones introduced earlier in the book. There were also some inconsistencies with the photographs — certain characters were meant to be the same person in multiple photos, but didn’t look anything like they did in a previous photo. There’s romance in this book, but I felt it was unnecessary. I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers, but my thought was that the romance was both unnecessary and just a little morbid. It’s a romance that could’ve just been a good friendship — I think it may have worked a little better that way. The end of the book is set up for a sequel, which I have mixed feelings about. I felt that the book was almost too long and went in the complete opposite direction from where I was expecting it to go. I also felt it could have been a solitary book, rather than one with more sequels. Especially if Riggs wants to incorporate more photos — I’m just not sure how he’ll do that because with this first instalment, the great thing about the photos was that they were in the past. Of course, I am intrigued, somewhat, by where Riggs is going with this story, so I do look forward to reading the next one. I hope the next book is just as lovely designed as the first.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written and Intriguing I absolutely love this book, and couldn't put it down for a second. Out of all the characters I must say Millard was my favorite for no real reason at all. In all favor, I think that this book deserves and encore, and should be on everyone's wish list. I love the fact that there is some kind of forbidden romance between the leading male and female, and it gives you a new aspect of what to expect from it. I am a young author to be, I believe I'm excellent at what I do and write, and hopefully I'll be able to create something incredible; just like what Ransom Riggs did with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Excellent work Mr. Riggs :D
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "intriguing, fun and a mystery" i initially asked for this book as part of my christmas wish list, but when i was at chapters and was flipping through the pictures terrified me. i decided against it months later i was going through books at chapters and i saw it again. i decided to check out the reviews on chapters website. the reviews were good and many recommendations. i decided well this book has always intrigued me. i bought it and started reading it right away before bed. the pictures gave me the creeps!! i had to go to work the next day and stick post its on the some of the pics. Ex: girl at the pond, twins in costumes, etc. once i started reading the book captured my attention right away. it reminds me of xmen and hellboy. when someone looks at a picture it is interpreted different ways. this is definitely true in this case. i found the pics creepy, but with Riggs interpretations the pics made sense. a boy out to find the truth about these mysterious pictures and secrets that will set him free. great peculiar characters- i had my faves- olive (she's a cutie) and horace. a really fun book to get lost in. enjoy every moment and peculiarity of all the characters and story. the author did a great job using pictures and creating an imaginative story. creative, original and adventurous. i could not wait to read the next page. i definitely recommend this book. original concept and adventurous trip into the world of miss peregrines home for peculiars. i think i want to go there...
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible first novel. I could not be more amazed by Rigg's first novel. Will definitely be reading his next novel, and look forward to it. Pictures were incredibly interesting and helped to further captivate the reader. Intensely written, and a wonderful first novel.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and haunting I found this book through my library's website and didn't know that it contained photos throughout the story. I thought it was really neat how the author found the photos and then wrote about them as opposed to adding photos as an after thought. Reading the book I got shivers down my spine. The concept of it was not very terrifying but the way the author wrote the book was in a very mysterious and haunting way. It was a lovely read and one of my favourites. The story and the characters were all very real, too. My favourite thing about it was looking through the photos and realizing that they came before the book, that they were real people who lived their own lives, and that the photos were probably never taken for the artist's sake. Although some do look like darkroom tricks, the emotions are real. This book is a work of art.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What an amazing surprise! This book was a thrill a minute. Totally fun from the beginning to the end. I loved it and recommend it to all.
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't like it This books seemed like the author had come across a stack off odd photos, though it was cool, and brainstormed on how he could fit the pictures into a story. The storyline lacked depth and character building. Liking/ being liked by your grandfathers ex-girlfriend is not okay. If your grandfather dated a 20 year old, you have to be seriously disturbed to want to date her after he's done. It took effort to make it through this book, the whole time I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. The pictures obviously came before the storyline and that's why this book failed in my eyes.
Date published: 2011-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delectably Creepy! This is the only book that I remember which has spooked me in my teenage years and adulthood. Not in the spasm-at-any-movement kind of way, but in a way that I would sometimes wonder what was beyond the limits of my vision, then find myself automatically locking my car doors - just in case. Riggs brings back that nostalgic childhood fear of the Bogeyman, but in an indirect way - as if he were slowly, teasingly pulling a thread of congealed terror through the dusty years from the keyhole of your childhood closet. Somehow the thread also catches up those imaginary friends you'd forgotten, twining together two core factors of childhood: the basic fear of the unknown, and the unlimited and compelling power of imagination, spun with adventure and a coming-of-age challenge for the protagonist. Personally I find that when fictional books include photographs, they are incongruous in some way to the whole package. However, these photographs and sketches weave themselves in the story extremely well, and they stick in your mind's eye far longer than is comfortable (which is the point, since they are vintage photographs of the "peculiar" children - and they are, indeed, peculiar.) I would even go so far as to say that without them the book just would not have been as effective, even though the story and style of narration could stand alone. I couldn't put the book down, and even brought it to work with me. I would definitely recommend this for anyone of any age group!
Date published: 2011-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eerie photographs + excellent storyline I originally didn't want to get this book because of the creepy cover, but I'm glad I did. This book is fast paced (I literally couldn't put this book down, except for going to sleep) and the cliffhanger ending makes me assume there will be sequel. The characters are all original and unique, and there is no section of the book that is even slightly boring. A lot of action, suspense and mystery makes up this story, and I will honestly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading, regardless of the genre they like. In addition, throughout the book are actual photographs that enhance the quality of the book. Personally, I don't have that great of an imagination, and the pictures really helped to visualize things. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of my favourite novels of all time.
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An eerie and fast paced read Miss Peregrine&rsquo;s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was the October book club pick here at Gin and Rhetoric. The consensus, from the feedback on both the facebook page and, gasp, in real life, was that the book was fantastic. It is a YA title but, like any good YA book, it has lots of appeal outside of the intended audience. In fact everyone that I know that has read it is over 25, with the exception of my niece, who is 12. The story revolves around sixteen&ndash;year&ndash;old Jacob. Jacob was very close with his grandfather when he was little. His grandfather would tell him amazing stories of battling monsters and of the fantastic children he knew in his youth. Children that had very special (think X&ndash;Men&ndash;type) gifts. As Jacob got older, he began to realize the stories that his grandfather told him couldn&rsquo;t be anything more than fairytales made up to intrigue and frighten him. But, when his grandfather is brutally murdered, Jacob begins to believe that the stories he had been told in his youth were true. Thus, Jacob sets off on a mission to discover who his grandfather really was In Miss Peregrine&rsquo;s Ransom Riggs sets up what is sure to be an amazing series. The story takes place both in the past and in the present, and the transitions between World War II and present day Wales are crafted seamlessly. The characters and the plot are strong and well developed. The genuinely unique thing about this book, and I&rsquo;m pretty sure that most people would agree with me on this, is Riggs&rsquo; use of photographs. Ransom Riggs has been a collector of vintage photographs for some time, he wrote a little piece for the Huff Post about his collection that includes a sampling of some of the amazing photos he used in the book. The selections from his collection that were used in the book are phenomenal, I found that they really gave me pause, even outside of the context of the book. You can&rsquo;t help but think &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the deal with that picture? How did it come to be taken, and who were those people?&rdquo; That is definitely not to say that they detract, or distract the reader from the story. They don&rsquo;t at all. My musings took place after I was finished the story and was flipping back through the photos. Miss Peregrine&rsquo;s Home for Peculiar Children is a great story on its own, but that story is fortified and made even more compelling through Riggs&rsquo; effective use of photographs. The one thing about the story that drove me crazy was the ending. Don&rsquo;t worry, this isn&rsquo;t a spoiler. It&rsquo;s just that the book ends as an obvious set up for the next book in the series, so as a reader you&rsquo;re left dying to know what happens next. I guess that&rsquo;s not so much a complaint as it is a compliment. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out, even though I&rsquo;m sure it&rsquo;s going to be a while.
Date published: 2011-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Peculiar New YA Book “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” is a classic YA adventure that I hear is already being considered for a movie. And it would make a good movie. As a book, it wasn’t the best YA book I’ve read, nor was it the worst. The concept of “peculiar” people having to fight against evil and horrible things is not a new one. Jacob sets out to find an island and the group of children his grandfather has been talking about for years. What he finds is a time loop, children with unique and peculiar powers, and an adventure that will change his life forever. The writing in this book was strong and solid. With a good imagination and the ability to develop strong characters, Ransom Riggs has a future as a good YA writer. The ending of the book rather left things open for a sequel, but with so many other books on my TBR list, if there is a second book, I probably won’t be reading it.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real treat I thought this book was just fabulous, a wonderful mix of vintage photographs and exciting story. A labour of love for the author whose story grew from the collection of "peculiar" vintage photographs he was collecting and searching for, this book was a joy to experience and the photographs lend to the creepy atmosphere in which the story takes place. Our protagonist Jacob finds himself on a remote island searching for answers to what he always thought of as his grandfather's made up stories. When he stumbles upon the ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children he discovers that perhaps his grandfather was telling the truth. And the story unfolds from there.The way in which the author mixes the stories with the photographs gives the story a grounding in historic relevance, so while there is an element of the fantastical it still feels relatable and real.
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange, Gothic and Peculiar Reason for Reading: I couldn't resist! This book has everything I love in one book: orphans, mysterious island, vintage photographs, creepy atmosphere and an old house. How could I not want to read it. Here is a book that once again uses photographs and text together in a unique way. The obscure, peculiar vintage photographs are simply illustrative, but the author has had to write his story around already existing photos which enhance the story to such a degree that the book would not be what it is without them. The notes do say that "with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal postprocessing, they are unaltered." Really only one word sums up this book and that is the eponymous "peculiar" for peculiar it certainly is. This is not a fast paced book, not one that will have you racing to the end for the grand finale which may put some of the intended audience off. However, it is more meandering, taking its time, showing us all the "peculiar" characters, who and what they are, as the story unfolds. Jacob comes to the island to get over the death of his grandfather who had told him fantastical tales of this place his whole life to prove that it is just an island after all, but he quickly learns his grandfather's tales were true. The story settles in and slowly reveals the secret of the island, the house, the children, Jacob's grandfather, and eventually Jacob's part in it all. A very moody atmospheric story that I quite enjoyed. I loved the characters and as a lover of vintage photos was totally fascinated with the photographs. My only concern with the book is a certain tone of vulgar language coming mostly from Jacob, the narrator. There is some swearing but it is the vulgar images that certain language convey which is of more concern. The only reason I can think of this use is to show that Jacob is from the here and now, as opposed to the 1940's of the other children, though some of those boys have vulgar turns of phrase as well. I wouldn't recommend the book for younger children. Also, the book ends with the characters all set to take on a new adventure which is obviously a set-up for a second book, which is rather disappointing as I am getting tired of sequels and series these days. Whatever happened to the good ole standalone? However, teens and adults should find a rather spooky read that will keep them entertained.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepily Atmospheric Pros: character growth, creepily atmospheric, high quality physical book, creatively meshes backstory with mythology and history/ Cons: don't learn as much about the kids as you'd like, doesn't fully explain their abilities or why they're born as they are/ For Parents: some swearing, some violence (mostly offscreen), kissing/ If ever there were an argument against ebooks, it would be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Yes, you can read it on an ereader, and yes, the story would still be creepy and fun, but you'd miss something about the experience. This is a beautiful hardcover, with thick pages and gorgeous black and white photographs scattered throughout. Holding it and turning the pages is part of the ambiance the story creates./ Jakob Portman grew up hearing his grandfather's fantastic stories about the children's home he was sent to in England as a Jewish Polish immigrant in World War II. The stories were about children who could do peculiar things, like levitate, hold fire and lift very heavy things. But the violent death of his grandfather, along with the old man's last words, make him wonder if there was some truth to his stories./ This is a slow paced coming of age story. Mr. Riggs takes time to develop Jakob as a character, especially regarding his mental state, as well as the settings, in the book./ At first glance, the children seem like X-Men rip offs. They're said to be the next step in evolution and have different, extraordinary abilities. But while some of the abilities are useful, others - like having 2 mouths or bees living inside your body - are not at first glance advantageous. And while one group of peculiars thinks it would be grand to use their abilities to subjugate normals, the rest simply want to live in peace. / I loved how the author amalgamated their existence with history as witches, changelings and circus performers. It gave the book a sense of history, and the kids a practical reason to hide./ The downside of the novel is that you don't learn as much as you'd like about certain things: the kids (their histories and abilities), how the loops work and why people are born peculiar. I'd love to see Riggs bring out a book of the grandfather's stories or a photo album of Miss Peregrine's home, with the stories of how each child came to be there./ There seems to be a move in SF towards the reimagining of history with a horror slant. While Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is mostly set in the present, it reminded me of Eutopia by David Nickle and Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett./ This is an open ended novel with series potential. It's a slow, atmospheric work that adults and teens will love.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A peculiar and extraordinary fantasy you must read! “With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+”—Entertainment Weekly The story grabs you like Keys to the Kingdom, Wrinkle in Time or Harry Potter; the photographs burn into your retina never to leave. This is an extraordinary reading experience you can only jump into from the print edition. Can't find a copy? It's hard to get BUT thankfully the publisher has reprinted and books should be on shelves next week ... fingers crossed and feet off the ground.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfully exciting read for teens and adults alike! A copy was provided by the publisher prior to the release date for review purposes. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". Just the name is enough to peak your attention, isn't it? And to add to that, upon the cover features a fragile little girl wearing a crown on her head and...wait what's that? Her feet aren't touching the ground?! Peculiar indeed! There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Riggs has me under his spell. If the title and it's mysterious cover weren't enough to do me in then the synopsis surely did the trick. The novel starts off with Jacob. He begins readers off with the re-telling of one of his most treasured memories- one with his grandfather. You see, Jacob's grandfather loves to tell stories, ones that he swear to be completely true. As Jacob recounts his memory, he recalls his grandfather's telling of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Children that resided there included a girl so light she needed to be tied to a string to keep from floating away, twins who could communicate with each other without speaking a word, a boy so strong he could lift a large bolder over his head and a boy who had bees living inside him. Just the pure magic of that very precious memory Jacob shares was enough to suck me into Rigg's wonderful imaginary universe. I found myself having the need to know more and the pages kept turning. As the re-telling ends we are transported to the present, in which Jacob is 15 years old. Jacob is known to have been working part time at the pharmaceutical company owned by his various uncles. However, the unexpected happens when he receives a panicked phone call from his grandfather, begging him for the location of the key to his gun cabinet. Jacob, fearing for his grandfather's safety, feigns ignorance to it's location and assumes that the fit was caused by his excessively quick aging. As a favor to his father, Jacob travels to his grandfather's house to check on him but what he discovers is both terrible and heartbreaking. He comes upon his grandfather's body, bloodied and cut by what appear to be giant claws. A gasp from his grandfather's lips clues him in that he is still alive. What he whispers to Jacob, however, is what begins the wonderful adventure in Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; "Go to the island. You'll be safe there. Promise me." I found Riggs' novel to be extremely well written and easy to read; both enjoyable to teens and adults alike. The pace of the novel was quite even, not too quick and not unbearably slow; the perfect pace for readers who love stories entrapped in mystery. Main character Jacob is a very likable and realistic character. Jacob could very well be the boy you went to high school with or the one who lived just down the street. Other characters including Emma, Enoch, Claire and Miss Peregrine were surprisingly very well developed. You could feel their presence; their likenesses popping up from the pages as you read of their personalities and interactions. The development of the story was quite exciting, each page I turned holding an unpredictable event waiting to jump at me. In honesty, the novel was spectacular! An excellent mixture of mystery, adventure, comedy and romance. On the subject of the photographs; wow! I don't think wow covers it but wow! Riggs did an amazing job creating this beautiful wonderland bound in pages using the images that he portrayed in the novel. As you read you will find them placed in just the right points of the story to give you a larger visual of either what is occurring or the identify of the character being introduced. These vintage photos added excellent dimension to the novel, one that I believe heavily competes with other novels of it's genre. Needless to say, if my review hasn't pointed it out already then I should make point of how highly recommended this novel is from yours truly. You will no doubt find yourself entranced and engrossed in this wonderful adventure. Bonus news: Upon searching through the web for a few photo samplers from Miss Peregrine, I discovered that the novel has indeed been optioned for a movie by Fox. Excellent news for readers who loved this novel!
Date published: 2011-06-15

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“We will always need stories like Miss Peregrine [because they] assure bullying victims that they are not experiencing some sort of strange paranoia, and also give the non-bullied an understanding as to why someone new among them may be skittish.”–Den of Geek! “I read all of the MISS PEREGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN books and I loved them.”—Florence of Florence + The Machine“[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs.”—USA Today Pop Candy   “A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”—John Green, New York Times best-selling author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns   “Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”—CNN   “Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.”—Associated Press   “It’s an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”—Publishers Weekly   “An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale.”—Library Journal   “His premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters.”—Booklist   “Readers will find this book unique and intriguing.”—School Library Journal     “With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+”—Entertainment Weekly   “Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People   “You'll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It's a mystery, and you'll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself.”—Seventeen   “…one of the coolest, creepiest YA books…”—PopSugar   “…a remarkable novel….  fantastical without apology, and heart-wrenching without dramatics…. Ransom Riggs ensures you'll lose yourself in every tenebrous word.”—Zimbio.com   “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life.”—Geeks of Doom   “Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale.”—Florida Times-Union   “Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer   “In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise—a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful.” —Popmatters.com “Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious.”—Forces of Geek    “A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love.”—Romper   “…a thrilling adventure full of fascinating photographs…”—Colchester Sun    “…a thrill ride.”—Marshall Independent    "This peculiar parable is pure perfection."—Justine magazine   “Somewhat reminiscent of Jack Finney’s Time and Again, Rigg’s first novel is enchanting…highly recommended.”—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine   “Got a tweener child with a taste for creepy horror and time-travel stories? Send them Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."—McClatchy Wire Service