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

I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (associate link) when I was on vacation in Iceland. I’d seen the cover a couple of times, and while I’d picked up the book to take a brief look at it, I hadn’t thought it would interest me. Well, I was wrong. From the moment I began the story I was hooked.

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There’s just some so deliciously old-fashioned about how Rigg’s tells a story. The novel, narrated by Jacob, has a beautiful, honest voice that I immediately fell in love with. The peculiar story itself, full of twists and turns, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, to the point that when my library copy expired somewhere around Akureyri, Iceland (which, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!), I almost cried. Or maybe I did. It was few years ago so I don’t truly remember. Part of what I loved about the story was the blending of pictures and narration. This book was so novel to me. I mean, these are real old pictures. Not faked. Not modern shots made to look old, but actual old photos Rigg’s had been collecting for years. How cool is that?

Now, this September, comes the movie. I’ve seen the preview, and I think it looks good. Plus, it’s got Tim Burton’s name all over it. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children done Tim Burton style. Yes. I have got to see this. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can click on it below or find it on You Tube yourself.

I’m a little bit iffy on whether I’m going to like the fact that it appears they’ve blended Emma and Olive into one character. There are probably more character/power changes. I mean, it says right at the beginning of the trailer that the move is “based on”. Part of me goes, “aw, man”, at this. But maybe, this once, it will be a good thing? Nah, who am I kidding. Books are always better than movies. Good thing I’m reading the second book of the series, Hollow City, right now.

 

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Black Depths, the first two books of the series can be found on AmazonKoboiBooksBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016.

 

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