Saturday, October 20, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1) by Ransom Riggs

2 stars
Format: eBook
Genre: young adult, fantasy, mystery, horror
352 pages
Published by Quirk
ISBN: 1594744769 (ISBN13: 9781594744761)


Jacob, a sixteen-year-old boy, grew up believing his grandfather’s stories were a bunch of fairy tales.  That is until after his grandfather dies and he witnesses something a little off.  He becomes convinced that there was some truth in what his grandfather was saying and goes in search of a mysterious island in Wales and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

My Review:

The story started off interesting and unique in the prologue, which caught my attention, but everything else beyond that went horribly down hill.  The rest of the story was boring and hard to get through.  The pictures are awkwardly placed throughout the book and Riggs relies to heavily on them to tell his story.

Jacob is an extremely un-relatable character.  He comes off as being pretentious and obnoxious with conveniently wealthy parents.  The other characters in the story were flat.  Riggs relied only on the abilities of the particular children giving them neither individual personalities nor backgrounds.  I don’t even want to start on Emma, the only character slightly more developed, and only so because she was the creepy seventy year old love interest.

About the Author:
Riggs was born in Maryland on a 200 year old farm, and grew up in Florida where he attended the Pine View School for the Gifted.  He studied English literature at Kenyon College, and studied film at the University of Southern California.  His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.

Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative.  The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which made the The New York Times Best Seller list.

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