Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was written by Ransom Riggs and published in 2011. It is the first book in a trilogy. And it will soon be a movie, you can already check out the trailer on YouTube!
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Time-travel(ish)
Jacob always thought he was a normal boy with an unextraordinary life. As a child, his grandfather would tell him stories of his own childhood with peculiar children and monsters. But as he grew up and kept believing in those stories, people started making fun of him and he stopped. Until his grandfather died in his arms under mysterious circumstances, and he started having nightmares featuring the monsters of his grandfather’s stories…
And I won’t tell you more because I don’t want to give spoilers, but there is much more to this book!
I first started reading this amazing book in 2013, but I had to return it to my friend. Now the movie is getting released soon so I really wanted to read it and here we go! I have to admit, at first I thought it would be overhyped, but oh boy, it was worth all the praise! Oh boy, this book was so good!
First, it is a really original blend between paranormal/urban fantasy and bits of time-travel and occasional references to mental illness. Like really. How could it be any better? It just has all my favourite things!
Then, the writing is absolutely fantastic. It’s clever, witty, interesting. And wait, because it gets even better! This books include old vintage pictures as part of the story/illustrations, and that just sets the mood perfectly. Amazing writing + incredibly original and vintage illustrations… Again, how could it be any better? It probably could not and that is why I loved this book so much!
A word about the main character, now. Jacob is a smart boy, and doesn’t have many friends at school. He comes from a rich family, and is an only child, and he pretty much has his life all planned out thank to his parents even if he doesn’t like it that much. I found he was really an endearing character. He is the narrator of the story and he gives it a really interesting touch.
What else can I say? For some reason I find it harder and harder to write reviews this days. But this book is definitely getting on my Top 10 favourite books I read in 2016 list!
This books had a lot of amazing surprises and awesome secondary (or not so secondary) characters. I found it really interesting, amazing and unique. And oh boy, I want more now! I just can’t wait to get my hands on the other books. I wish I had money. I just need a box set of the trilogy and binge read all of it. And I need the movie too!
It has such an amazing concept. I don’t want to go too in depth with it if you haven’t read it because it might get spoilery. But if you haven’t read it, just go check it out! And if you have, you will probably know what I’m talking about. This book is brilliant, and I loved it! I would love to discuss it in the comments if you’d like!
If you like paranormal stories, and if you’re looking for something different and unique!