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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Aug 28, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011-reads, fantasy-sci-fi, library-book, paranormal
Read from August 28 to September 02, 2011

I finished this peculiar book a couple of days ago and thought I'd let it stew to see how I felt about it. It turns out a couple of days is either too long or not long enough. I still don't quite know how to take this but some of the salient points are starting to slip away. So I will go ahead and put some words together before anything else leaves me.

Jacob is a geeky kid without a sense of belonging. He doesn't seem to fit in with his friends, family, or community. I know it sounds like a familiar setup for a fantasy book, and to some extent it is. But This is a refreshing story of the boy drawn into the world of peculiars and their fight against the monsters. I liked the hints of romance. I LOVED the pictures throughout the book. I certainly liked the imagery portrayed with the settings and descriptions. However, I thought the plot had a few weaknesses. And there were a couple of things that just didn't make sense.

So while I liked the world building and found the characters interesting, I didn't really find what happened to them all that interesting. So while I liked so many things about the story, I just didn't like the story itself. This book ends with an obvious set-up for adventures to come. I can only hope those stories capitalize on the groundwork which has been laid.
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08/31/2011 "I finished but I'll give it a day to percolate before I give it a rating and a review. Odd."

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