Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Overall Impression:  1/2

Source: Bought

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review: Not gonna lie but I was kind of expecting/ looking forward to peeing my pants with this one...k, not the peeing part but the being scared part...you know what I mean!

While this book was good, and the story interesting, having gone in with the expectation of being totally creeped out and not being able to turn the light off to sleep for fear of little creepy kids dragging me off... the actual story was a little bit of a let down. Maybe it was the word 'spine-tingling' that they use in the description that lead me down this path, or the blank stare of the levitating child on the front cover. All the same I went in with one expectation and upon finding another was not completely satisfied.

The pictures were interesting, and creepy, but once you get what is going on, it's not as creepy as it could be. I just find it amazing that such pictures exist and that Mr. Riggs put together this kind of story with them. 

One wonders which came first to the author, the pictures or the stories? Mr. Riggs might explain this somewhere (because some of the pictures are actually his, which I thought was cool). I'm sure parts of the stories are based on the pictures that he wanted to use because if you came up with a plot line and then had to sort through billions of old pictures....well, that would just be a bit ridiculous. 

Overall this book was good, not great due to it being a bit of a let down. Word is that there is a second one in the works (there would kind of have to be with the way the book ended) and I'll read it, but not at the top of my list.

Completely off topic but doesn't Ransome Riggs sound like an awesome pirate name?

1 comment:

  1. I tried reading this book but I just couldn't get through it because it was so slow to me.

    I just thought I'd let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster award because I enjoy it so much!

    -Camille http://www.teenbookfanatics.com/

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for stopping by! I LOVE comments and do my best to return the visit! ^__^ And while I appreciate the notice, this is an award free blog. Too many books, too little time!

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