Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs




First, let’s take a moment to discuss the author: Ransom Riggs.  Ransom Riggs, alliteration with a first name quite reminiscent of handsome, although his actual name does have a very different meaning.  This name was meant to be known.  And this book puts the owner of the name on the path to be known.

A word of warning: this book is spooky.  And, if you are like me, which means a little (read highly) over-imaginative, it has moments where it is downright scary.  But, even in my fear,  I couldn’t put this book down.  The world that Riggs created was incredible.  And as the narrator, a rather unremarkable young man (or so he thinks,) begins to unravel the mysteries around him the story only gets more amazing.

This novel is truly unique.  Riggs collected old photographs and used them throughout the novel.  Their addition (not only adding to the overall spookiness) gives the reader the opportunity to see what the narrator sees.  It was a great way to pull the reader into the story.  And, while it has the potential to feel gimicky, I felt that their addition added authenticity.

Riggs has truly set himself up for a sequel.  As the ending only wraps up one conflict and another conflict (a far scarier one) is just being fully understood by both the reader and the narrator.   Personally, I can’t wait to read it.

I guess I will have to add the, as of yet, unwritten sequel to my ever growing list of unfinished series.

MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I should have know from the cover this book would scare me.  But while I may scare easily, I don’t easily get frightened away.  And boy am I glad I delved into this.


13 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

    • It’s really good. Just don’t read it late at night, when you’re home alone, after you watch a scary movie. Unless you enjoy seeing monsters in your bedroom.

  1. I’ve also added this to my to-read list. I like something a bit spooky – I recently read The Haunting of Hill House, and now that was terrifying!! That’s a good idea by the author to include old pictures, there’s something unsettling about them, black and white, of people long gone or who are now very old. I bet it adds greatly to the eerie effect while reading. They are the dead, watching you from the past. Okay, I’ve just freaked myself out!

    Nice review 😀

  2. I totally agree, I read it in less than two days – having gotten it earlier from Random House – over the summer vacation. I’d recommend “Juniper Berry” if you liked this book, also a bit creepy, but not overly so.

  3. I read mixed reviews on this book. I wanted to read it because it seemed ‘peculiar’ but some reviews discouraged me. The cover looks very fitting to the story and I’m still thinking of it, so I guess it’s a hint I should decide for myself if I like it.

    Back on my To Read List.

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  5. I really liked this book. I bought it as soon as it hit the shelves at the bookstore after waiting several months for it to come out. I love the vintage photographs that the author added to enhance the story. They made reading it a unique experience.

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