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

Friday 12 September 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Published: June 4th 2013
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 stars

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.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is, at first glance, a story with a unique twist to it. That being that it has an an almost dual narrative, made up of text and photographs.

I have read both graphic novels and books with illustrations, but never a book that has taken inspiration from photographs and grown from there. I was wary, unsure of how things would unfold. Would the photos bear the weight of the story and tell it like a graphic novel? Or would it be a somewhat childish attempt to support the story through visual means?

The answer to that: neither.

While they were a nice touch, I found that the photographs didn't add much to the writing or the story as a whole. I didn't find them particularly creepy either - instead I was left frowning over how obviously staged some of them looked.

I honestly don't know what I was expecting from this book, but I was definitely surprised when I started reading. Not necessarily in a bad way, because I did enjoy it, but it did feel a bit... lacking.

That being said, I will be continuing on with the books that follow, as this definitely has potential and I'd like to see how the story grows.


  1. I've had this book for a while now, but haven't read it yet. I want to read it soon, see if the pictures can creep me out ! XD

    It is kind off cool though that the story was inspired by photographs ! I'm intruiged... :)

    1. If you don't scare easily then you'll be fine. I'm a massive wimp and I didn't get creeped out or scared at all, and I didn't get any nightmares either. :')

      It was a really clever idea, and the sequel is better than this, in my opinion.


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