Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Review

It has been some time since I have read this series and since then 2 new books for it have been released with the final one coming next year and I wanted to catch up so I can finish the series, so it is time for a reread.

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. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Taken from goodreads

I am going to start off by saying I was very disappointed with this book, I remember it fondly being one of my favourites but either my tastes have changed or I just liked any book I could get my hands on as I really wasnt a fan this time around.

Storywise, it is fine but that is as high a compliment I am able to go. It has potential with a bunch of children who have peculiar abilities and a guardian who is able to control certain time loops and be able to turn into a bird, it sounds right up my street but it is so boring and long winded that when something does finally happen I am bored and don’t really care when it does. 

I love reading about characters backstory and getting to know them more but dear god, when you are introducing over ten characters to a book all in a short period of time at least make some of them a bit less then side characters as it was overwhelming trying to remember which each character was and what they are able to do.

Now there is a romantic element to the book but there will be spoilers when I talk about it so if you don’t want to know then skip a paragraph.

Emma is technically 88 years old even though technically she is a teenager, she also dated Jacobs grandad, so please tell me in the two days after finding out that a person she never got over has died she basically jumps straight onto his grandson. I get that it might be a coping mechanism due to losing one love and someone who looks and acts like him is right in front of her. She may as well, but it’s still really really weird. Jacob to be fair to him does have a little bit of a brain and thinks that it is indeed weird but then still allows it to happen. This is just weird and sort of fucked up.

For me, now that I have matured a little since my last read of this book I am struggling to see why I liked it, and why other people decided it was a good idea to make it into a movie. With a very over written story, far too many characters introduced and given time that they really shouldn’t especially seeing some are barely mentioned again and a really really weird romance I am not looking forward to reading the second in the series.

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