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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Feb 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read in February, 2012

As a child, Jacob Portman loved hearing his grandfather talk about his past and looking at the strange photos his grandfather had of children who seemed to have mysterious powers. Listening to the stories, Jacob wished he could have adventures like his grandfather had. As he grew older, Jacob began to question his grandfather's stories and resigned himself to the fact that he would have a boring life. When tragedy strikes, Jacob has a chance to visit the island his grandfather grew up on and find the school his grandfather went to. What he finds there shocks him and makes him realize he is not as ordinary as he thinks he his and his life will be anything but boring.

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", aimed at readers aged 13 and up, is an interesting blend of fiction and real photographs and the format mostly works well. The book starts off a bit slowly but picks up pace quite a bit when Jacob and his father get to the island and Jacob starts looking for the school. Jacob's character is an interesting one and both the strength and the weakness of the book. His character is supposed to be 16 years old but at times seems much younger (especially around the opposite sex) and at times older (his vocabulary is far too sophisticated for a teenager and in fact I don't know many adults who speak that way). Still, author Ransom Riggs is talented enough for readers to overlook this as they get pulled into the story. The photos are an interesting touch although some of them seemed to be added just because Riggs liked them and they didn't add much to the story. The fantasy elements were well done but probably don't bear too much thinking about (some of the aspects of the time loop including the aging thing don't hold up to scrutiny). Also, if you think too much about the romance in the book it is a bit icky. While I did figure out some things before they happened, the story still had plenty of twists and turns and I was taken by surprise more than once. While there is plenty of room for a sequel, I do wish the ending had been better; it basically just kind of ended.

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" isn't perfect but it is still a nice fantasy.

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