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#96 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

As a child, Jacob’s grandfather would entertain him with stories about the children’s home he grew up in. Here all of the children could do fantastic things, like levitate. Eventually, Jacob learns that the children’s home was not a place of fantasies. Instead, it was a place where his grandfather, a Jewish boy, was sent to live for protection during World War II. Then something terrible happens. When Jacob is sixteen, his grandfather is murdered by a strange creature. This sets Jacob on a journey that will bring him across the Atlantic to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where he will finally discover the truth behind his grandfather’s past, and how it will impact his future.

Every now and then a book will be released and immediately begin to gain a lot of interest. Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an example of this type of book. By the time it was chosen as the November selection for calico_reaction’s book club, I was very curious about it. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very interesting young adult fantasy book. I think the greatest strength of the book is how well Riggs builds up the mystery of the children’s home. As Jacob finds himself pulled into the world of his grandfather’s stories, I could not help but be pulled in with him. I also found Jacob to be a realistic teenage protagonist, and felt that I got a lot with him quite well. The book moves along at a quick pace, and is quite easy to read (or in my place, it was easy to keep my attention on the audiobook).

Admittedly, I felt that this novel also had some flaws. When we get to the point where we actually meet “the children” that make up Miss. Peregrine’s home, it’s a lot of fun to get to know them. Unfortunately, I felt as if we really didn’t get to learn enough about them, and most of the characters end up coming off a bit shallow. Another issues I had with the book had to do with the romance, which just left me cold. I often found myself wondering if the author should have just left it out all together. I chose to listen to Miss Peregrine as an audiobook, and the narrator, Jesse Bernstein, did an all around solid job. Admittedly, I’m kind of regretting that I chose this format as the paper book has actual copies of the photographs that Jacob comes across.

After reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I can understand why it’s getting so much attention. It’s a fast book that I had a all around fun time reading. It’s also the first planned book in a series, with plenty left unsolved by the end of the book. I plan on picking up book two when it becomes available.

Rating: four stars
Length: the print version is 348 pages. The audio is 9hrs 41 minutes
Source: Overdrive Media Console
Other books I've read by this author: This is my first

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