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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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 w
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Quirk
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Crystal Starr Light
Hi! I'm tired of defending myself for not liking (now hating) this book. So I thought I would do a favor to all you super-fans out there that want to read a negative review of their favorite book (WHY??!?), and just hide it with spoiler tags. So now, if Goodreads hasn't goofed, you can just see this review and move on.

Because shouldn't we be focusing on, I don't know, reading books? And if you happen to LIKE a book, why are you seeking out negative reviews? Isn't that a bit wasteful of your time
Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is actually:

(I don't think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is.)

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Rarely do I come across a book that is as far from what it aspires
Jan 09, 2016 Zoë rated it liked it
Edit on January 9th, 2016: I haven't thought about this book since I read it in July and I really have no interest anymore in reading the rest of the series.
It definitely was a slow moving book, but the plot really held my attention and I loved the use of the pictures. Sometimes I felt like he tried a little too hard to make the pictures perfectly fit into the story which made it a little awkward to read, but they still made the reading experience more interesting. The book really rea
Christine Riccio
Jul 14, 2015 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this!! Here's my booktalk! Can't wait to read Hollow City =D
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it
This book has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for the way it incorporates unusual antique photographs into the narrative. The premise: Jacob grew up on his grandfather’s stories about his own childhood during World War II. Supposedly his grandfather escaped the Holocaust by taking refuge on a Welsh island, at an orphanage that catered to children with strange powers. The grandfather even has photos to prove it. As Jacob grows up, he loses faith in his grandfather, and assumes the s ...more
Emily May
Apr 16, 2016 Emily May rated it it was ok
When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books - children's picture books, colouring books, etc. - and tell stories in my mind with them.

For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.

This story, for me, feels completely disj
Khanh (the Grinch)
Mar 31, 2016 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was ok
This is just one of those books whose hype I don't really "get." I read this years ago when it was newly released, and was thoroughly unimpressed. Upon my second reading of this book, my opinion remains unchanged.

A few creepy pictures and some weird people do not a horror tale make, and honestly, that's all the story is. It's a book about stories, and too much attention is focused on the telling of those stories instead of developing the actual plot. As a result, the tale fell flat for me. It wa
Mar 26, 2012 Wigs rated it it was ok
I can't even.

The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me.

The main problem with this book is that the entire time I was reading I felt like a high school English teacher grading a student's paper, when in fact I am not a teacher or anyone who majored in English or writing. If I am simply a normal reader thinking this, then who the hell was working as the editor?? Did they not bring up these issues? Clearly the several people the author listed in his acknowledgements couldn't have
Jul 27, 2011 Giselle rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
This book started with a bang. It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explained - which was fairly early and without any nuance - it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn't expect at all.

One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs- they're scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy. They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique
May 12, 2015 Felicia rated it really liked it
This is kinda like uh...a hipster Harry Potter. Not a bad thing! I liked it a lot. There are tons of cool vintage photographs that lend the air of a turn of the century freak show. I loved the world and the vibe though.
Lola  Reviewer

Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children is no horror story.

This is precisely why I decided to give this book a go. Horror is my never-go-near genre. It represents for me what Lord Voldemort represents for the students of Hogwarts: infinite nightmares. So when I read that this bestseller steers clear of the nightmarish stuff, I couldn’t have been happier.

No creepy, eerie, ominous atmosphere. When you do sense a bit of that, 1- it never lasts too long and 2- it feels so forced that it ends u
Mohammed Arabey
Oct 24, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هل تستهويك تلك الصور الغريبة..الرهيبة..الأبيض والأسود ذات الطابع المقبض؟

بالأخص التي بها أطفال؟؟ تلك التي صورت وقت كان الأمر مكلفا بحق مما يجعلك تفكر، لماذا؟

هل اعجبتك فكرة روايات المدارس التي تضم أولئك الذين ولدوا بقدرات خارقة..او سحرية؟

حسنا،أنس كل ماسبق..وأهلا بك في عالم بيت الأنسة بيرجريني للأطفال الغرباء

Read it before Tim Burton Multi-color edition of it..

After watching the movie thoughts:
It's Great, not all multi color...on the contrary, The shifting in the atmosphere and colors of the scene
Aug 10, 2016 Annalisa rated it it was ok
Recommended to Annalisa by: Barnes and Noble
2.5 stars

Have you ever played that game where one person starts a story and stops mid-sentence and the next person in the circle has to pick up the story? That's how reading this book felt, only instead of jumping from disjointed person to person, it jumps from disjointed photograph to photograph.

Too bad because it started off fantastic. I loved the writing, the humorous way Riggs has with descriptions, and the old-fashion carny photos were a nice touch. I especially loved the analogy of an orph
A peculiar reading indeed!

This is the first book in the trilogy of the same name than the title of this very book.


We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.

This was a book hard to rate, since it provoked some contradictory feelings.

I enjoyed a lot the concept of creating a new “world to be discovered” in an era where it’s supposed that everywhere was already explored, along with such unique (for not saying “particulars”) characters
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Seeing this book when I entered the bookstore one time, the peculiar cover truly piqued my curiosity. I didn't buy it that instant though or the time after that and the time after that. Although it was on my "to-read list", I wasn't a big fan of supernatural stories (this is what I assumed the story to be about) and so reading this wasn't one of my top priorities. I knew I had to read it some point in time to finally cross it off the list and when I heard about the Ransom's book signing, I knew ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often a book comes along that is pure magic, and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is one such book. Part fantasy, part adventure, part eccentric photo collection, this is a story that will enthrall and enchant teens and adults.
Jacob is the sixteen year old narrator, and he is intelligent, funny, realistic and perceptive. He is very close to his secretive grandfather, who used to tell him fantastic tales of his youth, and the children's home where he grew up. These tales wer
Wendy Darling
I did a fun thing last week! I was invited to the Tim Burton handprint ceremony in Hollywood and a screening of the MISS PEREGRINE movie.

More photos and event recap on the blog. Winona Ryder was there, and it was kind of strange to see her again after seeing STRANGER THINGS so recently, heh.

I really enjoyed the film, btw! And now I must acquire a copy of the book to read.
Darth J
So I bought the trilogy in hardcover at B&N, hoping to dive into this series head first. It came with a bunch of cards:

So I'm a little disappointed that the cover of the book doesn't match up with the tone for much of it. It was written too modern and I felt like it was a mismatch to have such classic photography throughout. I kept looking back to the cover while reading like:

Second most of the characters are just plain boring. Jacob has the gift of seeing monsters... lame. He's a pretty fla
WARNING: This review may contain excessive (and possibly incorrect) use of the Welsh language. Diolch.

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Woaaah. Also, the sequel is going to be bendigedig!

High Points.
TERRIFYING. Originality. Kick-ass taids! Creepy but adorable children. Fairy tales… or are they? WW11. Cymru. Culture and heritage. Time-travel. Crumbling old houses. League of Gentlemen-esque locals. Ghosts, spooks and fire-throwers, OH MY. And, my favourite part of this book, the beautiful photos. Looki
Reading Corner
Apr 06, 2016 Reading Corner rated it liked it
I still have mixed feelings about this book and I can't really make my mind up on the rating so I've decided on 3 stars.The book was sort of all over the place and gives a false image.I naively presumed that the novel would be creepy from it's cover and title but it definitely wasn't.Although,the pictures themselves appear creepy and sinister, the story is not.

For me,the pictures were the best part as they're gripping and alluring but the story is awkwardly written around them and most of the pi
J.L.   Sutton
Mar 24, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it really liked it
Mystery begets mystery as the world of Miss Peregrine and her orphanage for peculiar children takes shadowy shape. I was immediately intrigued by how the story unfolds (through vintage photographs). The atmosphere works nicely with our protagonist's search for answers on a remote island off the coast of Wales where most of the action takes place. After a beginning (which quickly drew me in), it took some time for me to get caught up in the story again. It was a fun read. The ending left plenty o ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Madeline rated it it was ok
It was...fine?

I liked the inclusion of old, weird photographs throughout the book, especially the way they were placed - you would read an offhand description of something odd, turn the page, and there was the photo showing exactly that. I liked that part, and the photos were always a pleasant surprise, even though I spent way too much time trying to figure out how they had been faked.

But there were just too many stumbling blocks for me to really enjoy this book. The biggest and most obvious is
Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars. I think this is going to work super well as a movie! The trailer looks like they made the kids a bit younger, which should really help.

The story starts out with the Jacob's grandfather being killed by monsters, so he follows some cryptic advice to a Welsh island and finds an old house with "peculiar" children (basically kids with freaky abilities) who live in a time loop. It's always September 3, 1940. Jacob learns that his grandfather's ability was being able to see the monsters hun
Will Byrnes
My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories the house was always a bright, happy place—big and rambling, yes, but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch on the hill with vacant hunger. Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus—as if nature itself had waged war against it—but the house seemed unkillable,
Stefan Yates
Dec 17, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it it was amazing
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an entertaining, different and very well-put-together novel and an all-around great introduction to a new author. The story is a sort-of Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy all rolled into one and is told to great effect using mostly authentic old photographs to supplement the story by providing amazing visuals of the "peculiar" people and events of the story. It makes me wonder if the author created his story to fit the photos that he and other collecto ...more
Amanda Minnock
Sep 25, 2016 Amanda Minnock rated it liked it
When I started this book I thought it would be for a young age group but I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't, while I feel the story was extremely slow to start off with it picks up and keeps your attention throughout. With some seriously creepy photos chucked in amongst the pages, it actually gives you a hint to why Tim Burton has the honour of adapting this into a movie.

Jacob has grown up with his grandad's ghoulish war stories of monsters and beasts and peculiar children that are very intere
Jul 06, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a beautiful work of art and the first novel by Ransom Riggs. Sadly, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I wanted to, and am still feeling conflicted by it.

What this book has going for it is that it is strikingly beautiful. The cover features a super creepy old black and white photo of a levitating little girl, the title printed in a lovely font, and doodles which are reminiscent of tombstone art from Victorian era cemeteries. Inside, this book is ju
Helen Stavraki
Sep 16, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα παράξενα συγκινητικό βιβλίο που πραγματεύεται μια ιστορία φαντασίας με τόσο όμορφο τροπο που εύχεσαι να ειναι αληθινή.

Σε όλο το βιβλίο κυρίαρχο συναίσθημα η αγάπη που κινεί τα νήματα και κάνει τις αποφάσεις ζωής ή θανάτου να μοιάζουν απίστευτα εύκολες και αναπόδραστες.

Η αφοσίωση και η πίστη σε αξίες ξεπερνάει κάθε φαντασία και μαγεύει πραγματικά, με τροπο απλό και τραγικά αληθινό.

Η αγωνία και η ένταση κυριαρχούν και επιβάλλουν τη δίκη τους τροπή στα γεγονότα που δεν ειναι σχεδόν ποτέ αναμ
Jun 15, 2016 Taneika rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Tossing up between 3 or 3.5 stars for this. It was enjoyable however I found it super predictable (totally called the bad guy too)
Navidad Thelamour
With the upcoming release date of the movie, Miss Peregrine’s is once again in the spotlight. In all actuality, has it ever left? Spurring remakes, spin-offs and copy-cats galore, this novel is not the first of its kind but is certainly one of the more excellently executed that I’ve come across so far. I first read this novel a few years back, but decided to jump in for another dose before delving into the next edition to the series, and boy, am I glad I did! This was not only an explosive novel ...more
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Hi, I'm Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal ...more
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