Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine Series, Book 1

eBook - 2011
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Apr 06, 2019

I really liked this graphic novel! The book version was a little hard for me to get into, but the graphic novel really explained everything well and the graphics were amazing! I especially love the contrast in the colors when Jacob goes between the loop and the island. 10/10 would recommend!

Feb 16, 2019

An adventurous and action-packed story.

Feb 13, 2019

a very good, well written book! I loved it!

Jan 14, 2019

This book is well written and interesting. I think, over all, it was a very good book, but it wasn't really my "cup of tea."

Jan 03, 2019

Nice style of writing, I liked the discriptions of the rather morbid scenes.

Dec 19, 2018

plot - "historical fantasy" an exciting first look into a fantastkical world

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 05, 2018

The first of three books, a fascinating teen fantasy, made even more interesting by the unique way it began. The author has several friends who collect odd photographs they find at flea markets and antique shops. I mean REALLY odd photographs of floating children, strange costumes, weird looking families, and other oddities. Ransom assembled a group of these pictures and hypothesized that these were really pictures of children with odd powers, collected together at a school on a small island off the coast of Wales in the 1940’s.

When Jacob Portman was young, he was fascinated by his grandfather, Abe Portman. Grandpa Portman told wild stories of fighting the Nazis, being a spy, and performing in circuses. He had a weird collection of photographs which featured strange children. The rest of his family assumed these were all made up, and even Jacob had his doubts – until he saw his Grandpa murdered by a wolf-like creature. Jacob persuades his father to take him on a summer trip to the island of Cairnholm, where his grandfather said he was moved as a refugee when he was 12. There Jacob discovers that the school is still there and that time has stopped for the children his grandfather knew.

This novel is an eerie combination of Brigadoon and Harry Potter, with Nazi bombs and evil adversaries. Clever characterization and sharp writing help keep a meandering plot from becoming confusing. Much better than the movie.

Nov 21, 2018

I can see the movie having appeal but the story is not as compelling as Harry Potter.

Nov 02, 2018

Creepy, thrilling, and wonderfully written, 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children' was very, very entertaining. And I would've loved it if not for Jacob and his meanness. Like can't a YA main character be nice for once? This book does rise above a lot of other YA, but some parts of it drown in the immense pool of struggling novels. I loved the idea and the premise—what's not to love about a creepy abandoned house with inhabitants who may somehow be still alive—but I didn't love the protagonist or his choices all that much.
So, in conclusion, it's worth a read, but it's definitely disturbing and only for teens and up.

IndyPL_KaseyP Oct 29, 2018

A creepy, interesting, and wholly unique read. Riggs uses found photos in much the way the original Blair Witch Project used found footage. He constructs a narrative where the heroes are complex and vulnerable in an ever shifting world of eldritch horror. Lovecraft eat your heart out.

Sep 28, 2018

This book uses a unique method of storytelling by including actual pictures to help tell the story of the Peculiars. This is used to great affect and helps to bring the reader into this creepy, wonderful world. The author has taken great pains to weave a magical story around these bizarre, real world pictures, and it definitely paid off.

The writing draws you in and the pictures keep you captivated, even though they make you shiver and wonder, “How?!” The characters are just as wonderful, and experiencing their Peculiarities through Jacob, the main character, gives us a viewpoint to look through that is both familiar and comforting, yet chock full of the surprise and fascination that would naturally follow seeing such incredible things.

If you enjoy shivering at bizarre things and discovering a magical world nestled right under the nose of the unsuspecting common folk, if you enjoy characters that make you want to dig deep into a story and a world that’s too interesting to resist, I would highly suggest this captivating book!

Aug 01, 2018

I read this book with my class as an assignment this year, but I had already read it before in the past. When I read this book for the first time, I was not a big fan of it, because I stopped reading in the middle of the book and watched the movie instead.{which by the way is really good, but a little different than the book}. This book has intensified vocab so if your not that good with definitions then this book is probably not for you, since you won't understand more than half of it. If you are looking for a fantasy than try this book. Whereas, there is a bit of a love story between Emma and Jacob, but it's not one of the main focuses of the novel. Plus, as I mentioned this before, I would not recommend to little kids because of the high vocab as well as the monster type feel. Kids could easily get nightmares, because the book includes pictures.

Apr 20, 2018

A work of fantasy oriented for teens, I’d say. A good premise, good story, and sufficient action and intrigue to keep most people interested. The writing is of uniformly high quality, though not overly literary in execution. Recommended light reading.

SPPL_Anna Mar 25, 2018

Very good storytelling and the use of the antique photos is cool and unique. Great start to the series.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Strange and odd, a mix of the fantastical, the unbelievable, and the mysterious

Feb 04, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't seen the movie as of yet but was curious about the story. I normally choose books over their movie counterparts. I enjoyed the mysticism of the story, the development of the plot, and the book ends on a cliff hanger getting you excited for the second book. I am excited to read the next in the series.

Nov 27, 2017

I thought this book was fantastic! I finished it very quickly because I couldn't put it down. It has a unique story line and I'm excited to read the second book in the series. I really liked that he was finding old pictures and used them to write a book. It's like an adult picture book plus a great novel :)

Oct 15, 2017

If you like time travel, the paranormal, a bit of history, and action, then this book is perfect for you.

Oct 12, 2017

A simple novel with a fascinating setting. This book was entertaining and provided an adventure worth exploring, but lacked a sophistication. The characters are not as deep as they could be and no complex morals or questions were presented. A solid 3.5/5

Sep 30, 2017

Wow. I was shivering, gulping, laughing, and clutching the book till my knuckles were white! I'm still blinking a little at the ending, but I am very excited to read the rest of the trilogy. The photos were really well collaborated with the story and I really liked the author's way of writing. It wasn't AS creepy as I thought it might be when I started reading this book, which was just as well, since I don't like too creepy books. Please read this amazing piece of art!

Sep 21, 2017

Personally didn't enjoy this novel, was expecting something a little more dark and spooky. Really didn't get me very excited, and the end was poor.

Aug 26, 2017

Amazing book! Ready to start 𝘓𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴. The series is extremely compelling, bringing me to the edge of my seat nearly every turn of a page. The photography harmonically complements the text itself, and is overall a great addition to the story. I would love if Riggs were to create another series.

Aug 08, 2017

I have to go against like everyone on this comment page and say the movie really SUCKED! The book was sooo much better and more detailed. I really liked this book and how the pictures went with it. I loved this book! I recommend this to everyone!

Aug 05, 2017

The most amazing book I've read in a long time.
The writing style and diction of this book is refreshingly beautiful and wonderfully British! :D

Jul 27, 2017

Craaaazy (that's all I got haha)
Ok I know books are normally always better than the movies but the real question is have you seen this movie?? Bc it's pretty great

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