Friday, January 4, 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1) 
Name of the book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
My rating: ✰✰✰✰✰
The book's theme song:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perry (cover by Megan & Liz and Paradise Fears)

16-years-old Jacob's grandfather used to tell him stories when he was younger - stories about the orphanage he lived in during world war II.
He said that in this orphanage live unusual children - an invisible boy, a girl who can fly, twins who can lift huge rocks...
When Jacob grew up, he started doubting the stories. He began to believe that these stories are just fairy-tales for young children.
But when his grandfather is murdered by a mysterious monster that is visible only to Jacob, and tells him that "the monsters are back", Jacob has the feeling that something really bad is going on.
He goes on a trip to the island of the orphanage in order to find some sensible answers, but what he finds there is beyond belief.

Now, after *finally* reading this book, I can understand what all the hype is about.
I'll start with the plot - the plot was very unique. It happens in our world, in which supernatural powers are hiding. The plot was fast paced the way I like. Some parts were highly creepy, which I like too - I love horror books very much.
The book also mentioned world war II and the holocaust. Parts of the book happened in this time period, which was very interesting to read about.
This book was also romantic and discussed the question: how can love survive when the two lovers live in a different time era? That's why I selected "A Thousand Years" as the book's theme song.
I also liked the writing a lot. It was an intelligent writing - filled with emotions and humanity.
The book contains a lot of small details. While reading them, they seemed unnecessary, but as I kept reading, I found out that the were all little clues to later twists.
 The story in the book is told from a male point of view. Usually, this is a huge draw back for me - I find it hard to connect to books with a male main character. I figured that in most books with a male MC, the MC is insensitive and, in many cases, a little dumb.
But in this book, the male main character, Jacob, really surprised me with his sensitivity, cleverness and intuitions.
It was really great to read the story from a smart male perspective.
Bottom line: This is a unique book, and it seems like a lot of efforts were invested into writing it.
Recommended to: Historical fiction and fantasy lovers.


  1. I loved this book and can't wait for the sequel to come out!

  2. @Sara
    Me too!
    I think that the sequel doesn't even have a cover yet ><

  3. I heard about this book .. It sounds good, I'll read it as soon as possible! Thank you for your review!

  4. I actually just found out about this book on a book haul on youtube and I so want to read it :) Happy reading!

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz

  5. @Megan
    It is a great book. I recommend it very much (:(:

  6. Hello! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Come check it out ^_^

  7. I've seen this around, but I never gave it much thought. But I love the sound of it! Totally going on my TBR list!
    Love your review :D

    ~Daniela @

    1. This book is highly recommended. Enjoy (:

  8. I have not read this book yet but I've just been browsing through your reviews and I love how you put a theme song with each book :) Very cool. Happy reading!!

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz

  9. Oooohhhhh!!! I love your blog! I too really enjoyed this book (even if the pictures were slightly disturbing)! Did you know that Ransom Riggs found those photos at flea markets? Creepy...

    1. I know, right? I wonder who took those pictures and why...
      Thank you very much for the follow and the nice comment!!