I received this book for free from Borrowed From Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Childrenby Ransom Riggs (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Miss Peregrine
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein
Published by Quirk Books on June 7th 2011
Genres: Mystery and Suspense, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours and 41 minutes
Source: Borrowed From Library
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.
And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is an unusual book. Told in the compelling voice of Jacob Portman, this story is one part dark fairy tale, one part creepy campfire story, but 100% fascinating. The story starts with tragedy and madness, heavy stuff no matter how deftly handled, and from there progresses into a strange tale of the supernatural variety, one which finds Jacob and his father traveling to a remote corner of Wales and encountering all manner of difficult to believe folks.
When Jacob meets the orphans of Miss Peregrine’s Home, he’s immediately drawn in by them and their struggles. The children themselves are an odd assortment, but by the time the reader gets to their stories, one feels as if they left normal behind quite some time ago.
While I liked Jacob and his Grandfather there were plenty of characters I didn’t particularly like (although I wonder if we’re not necessarily supposed to like them). Some of the children, who aren’t very child like for reasons the reader learns about later on, were rather unpleasant acting and I just got the strangest vibe from them. I definitely wouldn’t want to hang out with this lot.
The “bad guys” though were nicely evil and I enjoyed Jacob’s story arc, particularly as he had to make difficult decisions and deal with their consequences. Even though it’s clear that there are more books coming in this series, it’s definitely not apparent exactly which way Mr. Riggs will take this story, and I liked that there are so many open paths for him to take.
A most peculiar book, indeed. Definitely interesting, with strong world building. Even if I didn’t LOVE all the characters, I found them all fascinating.
Get your own audiobook at Audible: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (unabridged, 9hrs 41min)
I enjoyed the audiobook version of this book but I suspect the print version was better. The narrator, Jesse Bernstein, did a very fine job of bringing the characters to live and portraying the emotions behind the story, but the print version had pictures included with it and I think they would have enhanced the story more. For once I think that if you’re wavering, go print not audio. Just my 2 cents.
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