Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Pages: 352
Why I read this book: Blogosphere hype. And the cover is super cool.

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

Personal Reaction
I realize I'm not the target audience for this book, but I'm not for, say, Harry Potter (sorry I know, not comparable, but it's the first one that came to mind) or The Borrowers or The Boxcar Children.  
I didn't love this book. It felt forced and trite and ... well similar to another series. I had a hard time with disbelief. And I was less than charmed by the 'world building'. BUT, I didn't Hate this book either! It had tons of potential and the writing itself was solid. I think we can expect to see great things from Mr. Riggs. 

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