Book Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

By: Dani

First and foremost, HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!! I hope you are all wearing your green…or you will get pinched. Seriously. And don’t forget the green beer!

Now on to the real reason we are all here. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I have a little mix of new and old for you today. The new part is that they have released the first trailer for the upcoming movie of the same name. The trailer gives such a good feel for the books. I do worry that it looks a bit juvenile, but I am hoping that is just because it focuses on children and that the story will not be told as juvenile. I really hope they can do the books justice. Check it out below.

Tim Burton is bringing the Ransom Riggs novel to the big screen on September 30th of this year. And I really feel like only Tim Burton could take this story on and really portray it accurately. It’s a pretty dark and twisted fantasy novel and Burton excels at dark and twisted. Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green will take on the role of Miss Peregrine, and although I don’t know much about Green, she definitely has the right look for the character. So I am pretty excited to see where she can take the film.

So now for the old part. When the book was released in 2011, I did a review on it. Today, I am sharing it with you guys. I am looking forward to reviewing the movie and then comparing the two reviews.

Warning—Some Slight Spoilers!!

 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs centers around a teenage boy trying to find out the truth behind his Grandpa’s ‘fairy tale’ past. Jacob Portman quickly discovers that what once seemed like fairy tales are stories quite darker than he ever imagined. His journey halfway across the world introduces him to new people, new worlds, and new terrors.                

            Ransom Riggs did something unique when writing this novel–he included visual aids. The photographs allow the reader to really see what the author had in mind when writing the story of Jacob Portman. Although the photographs can be a bit disturbing, I appreciate the fact that I know exactly what to picture when the author says, “…a pair of freakish twins who were dressed in the weirdest costumes I’d ever seen” (p. 45).

             As far as the actual story, I followed the plotline fairly easily. The flow of the story was a bit jumpy, but I did not think I was missing parts. Riggs is very descriptive with his characters, locations, and emotions. This is essential to really feeling like you are a part of the story and not just an outsider looking in. The fact that World War II played a significant part of the novel just added to the positives for this novel for me—I like studying history, especially WWII. Some parts of the novel were a little expected such as the romance between Jacob and Emma, but having said that, I did not mind that what I expected came to fruition. That’s saying something! One thing I did not expect was that this would turn in to a series, which will obviously happen considering the cliffhanger ending. The idea of the story on the whole is pretty unique though. Riggs made himself stand apart by not writing a novel about love stories with vampires like so many other books out there—but don’t get me wrong, I love those stories, too! It was refreshing! And I expect that Riggs’ writing will just get better.


So what do you think? Have you read the book? Will you see the movie? Let me know in the comments!

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