“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young-adult fiction, Horror fiction, Dark fantasy
Since I was a child, I enjoyed reading horror stories. I was a big fan of Goosebumps and R.L. Stine and I read many short stories with a spooky twist. As I got older, I did not read them as often, but recently I started looking for some horror fiction novels and I came across Miss Peregrine.
The cover looked creepy and what caught my attention, even more, was that the illustrations in the book were actual vintage photographs. So I just had to grab a copy!
Jacob is a 16-year-old boy that set out to a remote island in search for answers about an orphanage his grandfather would often talk about. His grandfather told tales about special abilities the children from the orphanage had and how they were taking refuge from atrocious monsters.
Jacob’s grandfather had pictures to illustrate the various unique characteristics of each of the children, but Jacob and the rest of the family always assumed his grandfather was speaking figuratively.
A horrifying family tragedy struck a chord in Jacob and he thought that maybe his grandfather’s stories were more recollections than fables. What Jacob ends up finding on the island is more than just a little peculiar.
The Take Away:
The story was a page-turner and it kept you on the edge of what was going to happen next. I also liked that it was unique and unpredictable so you don’t end up losing interest in the story.
A valuable lesson from the book is that we all have “special abilities” that are so authentic the world would be at a loss without us.
If you are a fan of the peculiar, then this book is for you! It is not too horrific or gory for younger readers or the faint of heart. Instead, what you get is a story that takes you on a one-of-a-kind adventure.
I was very excited to hear that Tim Burton is doing a film adaptation of the movie!
However, I do have to say I am a bit disappointed that a few details about the story appear to have been altered in the movie trailer. I will still go to watch the movie simply because I like all of Tim Burton’s films and I still think it will be great!
There is also a graphic novel of the story that I purchased and am eager to check out!
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