Rachel Coker, August 13, 2013 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
This was a delicious, quick summer read for me. Despite some challenging themes (primarily a Holocaust allegory, but also mental illness) the book really is a coming-of-age story with a strong plot and unique characters. Liberal doses of time travel and magical realism propel the action in directions that will surprise you. The story has a wonderful cinematic quality, and the author makes creative use of the antique photographs that are sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended!
Ashley-Ann, July 16, 2013 (view all comments by Ashley-Ann)
In the most simplistic(and completely spoiler free) of descriptions this is a story of a young boy discovering the world of his grandfather's secrets.
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I first started this book and found myself extremely surprised at how quickly it captured my interest. This is an outstanding debut novel.
Let me start with the most peculiar part of the novel, the photographs. The use of photographs was unlike anything I had ever come across while reading. They give the story more life and their use bring a closeness to the protagonist, different from any other experience I have encountered prior.
The story is wondrously fantastical and, yes, very cinematic. Every detail means something and when you are finished, you are left with a complete feeling (despite this being the first book of the series.)
There are a few story elements that keep me from fully getting lost in the story, elements I feel that just were not needed as of just yet. While they do bring it down a star for me, they should not deter you from reading it. I am still thoroughly awaiting the sequel.
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StormyWolf, June 7, 2013 (view all comments by StormyWolf)
I found Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to be a surprisingly pleasant journey into the unknown realms of our own world. Fans of fringe science, creepy photographs, and paranormal mysteries will no doubt enjoy this book immensely, but I'd also recommend it to those who like YA fantasy or adventure, since this book doesn't necessarily look it on the cover. Between the creepy photos and some disturbing/violent scenes toward the end, I'd recommend this for middle grade and above, though you might want to stick to daylight reading depending on your disposition. If you're looking for a book that's a little unique, or dare I say peculiar, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an edge-of-your-seat story that will have you questioning what you know to be real, what is possible, and what might be lurking just out of view.
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by John Green, New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars,
“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”
by Entertainment Weekly,
“With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox.”
“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”
“You’ll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It’s a mystery, and you’ll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself.”
by USA Today, Pop Candy,
"[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs."
"Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."
by Associated Press,
"Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story."
by Publishers Weekly,
"It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."
by Library Journal,
"An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale."
"His premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters."
by School Library Journal,
"Readers will find this book unique and intriguing."
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