*This book was purchased by me.
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
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.
While reading the book: When you read the story, you feel like you are Jacob Portman. The book doesn’t give you the extra information, which Jacob doesn’t know. And it’s strange the way the writer tell us the story. It’s like Jacob’s way of thinking is similar to yours. Let me explain this. When I read a mystery book, I start thinking, you know, resolving the mystery. Sometimes I resolve this mystery before the main character, and this is so frustrating. Sometimes I resolve the mystery after the main character, and that is equally frustrating. It’s not my fault; it’s the author’s fault. Maybe there was too much information in the book, or maybe there wasn’t enough information. But if you have the same problem like me, then you are in deep trouble. The author gives you enough information for solving the mystery at the same time with Jacob. That’s why I liked the book. The author doesn’t let you solve the mystery until the end, and you just can’t put it down.
The extra element:
What made me immediately like this book were the vintage photos. Other readers have described them as somehow creepy, but I didn’t find them that much. Some of them were quite odd, for example the little girl with the fire, but everything fitted the story perfectly. Every detail is weird, and odd. This book was made for me.
What I didn’t like:
Overall I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t what I expected. I expected it to be horror, but all I got was a tingling sense of creepiness washing over me in some scenarios. It was scary in a safe measure. If I would have read this book years ago, I would have loved it for its creepiness. Now, I am used to horror, nothing fazes me, haha!
People who want to read something creepy, but not be scared for one whole month.