Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

  • Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Genre: Paranormal Historical

Jacob has always felt that his life was just ordinary, especially compared to the stories he heard from his grandfather about  the halcyon days and Peculiar children during World War II. But these strange stories are just stories though, right ? After the traumatic death of his Grandfather, Jacob begins to see things-- things that can't possibly be real.

Soon, Jacob finds himself traveling to the the small island of Carinholm, Wales,  the place of his Grandfather's stories, were he  discovers past and present may not be that far apart at all.

In this novel. a picture really is worth one thousand words ! This  book  features 50 real vintage photographs used to help tell the story. Some of the photos are  from Riggs' personal collection some from other collectors.  From what I understand putting images in books can be quite pricey and I love that Quirk took the risk and it certainly paid off with this book being a NYT bestseller.

The images  used to help tell the story were collected at flea markets, yard sales etc and the idea of using the mismatched, unknown (dare I say peculiar) images gives the book a touch of the surreal. However at times the images hurt the book.There would be a description of an image that you know is going to be on the next page and the description felt a little forced, and I wonder how the book would stand without them.

I don't want to give to much away about the story, but what I really enjoyed  about this book was its great sense of setting. Jacob gets a real feel for the present and past (wink wink) of what island life can be like.  I'm starting to  realize I kind of have a thing for books that takes places on small (non-tropical)  islands like Burn for Burn or We Were Liars. 

Riggs has created a world with danger, hope and mischievousness. His mythology is fun and so solid I thought it was based on something real.  This novel is an origin story, so  I'm curious to see what Jacob and his new found friends get up to in the sequel. Since the photos were hit or miss for me (I'll admit some of them were a bit to odd for me)  I will probably check out the audiobook of Hollow City, which is done by a Books and Sensibility favorite, Kirby Heyborne.


  1. Gah! I want to read this book so bad. I keep seeing it pop up on the amazon search for my book (The Miss and School part is similar) and I've heard fabulous things about it. I'm glad to know a trusted blogger gave it four stars.

    I'll let you know when I finally get around to reading it!


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