Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

Alternate Cover edition for ISBN 9781594744761A 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 d...

Details Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

TitleMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
Release DateJun 7th, 2011
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal

Reviews Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

  • Crystal Starr Light
    Hi! I'm tired of defending myself for what I wrote on this stupid book. So I thought I would do a favor to all you super-fans out there that want to read a negative review of their favorite book (WHY??!?), and just hide it with spoiler tags. So now, if Goodreads hasn't goofed, you can just see this review and move on. Focus on reading books that you like instead of hunting down negative reviews for your favorite book. Or writing a review why you ...
  • Tatiana
    Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is actually:(I don't think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is.)(view spoiler)[for elementary school kids.Yes, the book tries to pretend it is something else, embellishing itself with creepy and weird vintage photographsbut the reality is, it is nothing more than a regurgitated version of X-Men. (hide spoiler)]Rarely do I come ...
  • Rick Riordan
    This book has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for the way it incorporates unusual antique photographs into the narrative. The premise: Jacob grew up on his grandfather’s stories about his own childhood during World War II. Supposedly his grandfather escaped the Holocaust by taking refuge on a Welsh island, at an orphanage that catered to children with strange powers. The grandfather even has photos to prove it. As Jacob grows up, ...
  • Zoë
    Edit on January 9th, 2016: I haven't thought about this book since I read it in July and I really have no interest anymore in reading the rest of the series. ----------It definitely was a slow moving book, but the plot really held my attention and I loved the use of the pictures. Sometimes I felt like he tried a little too hard to make the pictures perfectly fit into the story which made it a little awkward to read, but they still made the readin...
  • Christine Riccio
    Really enjoyed this!! Here's my booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9IEq... Can't wait to read Hollow City =D
  • Emily May
    When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books - children's picture books, colouring books, etc. - and tell stories in my mind with them. For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reminds ...
  • Wigs
    I can't even.The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me.The main problem with this book is that the entire time I was reading I felt like a high school English teacher grading a student's paper, when in fact I am not a teacher or anyone who majored in English or writing. If I am simply a normal reader thinking this, then who the hell was working as the editor?? Did they not bring up these issues? Clearly the several people the a...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    This is just one of those books whose hype I don't really "get." I read this years ago when it was newly released, and was thoroughly unimpressed. Upon my second reading of this book, my opinion remains unchanged.A few creepy pictures and some weird people do not a horror tale make, and honestly, that's all the story is. It's a book about stories, and too much attention is focused on the telling of those stories instead of developing the actual p...
  • Giselle
    This book started with a bang. It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explained - which was fairly early and without any nuance - it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn't expect at all. One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs- they're scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy. They add a nice ee...
  • Nick
    2.5 starsI wanted to like this way more, and I really tried to. As a huge X-men fan, I kind of went into this book with such high hopes and expectations. The book as a physical copy is done extremely well, the details, the creepy pictures, the way it is written is breathtaking. Sadly the story disappointed me so much. In the last few pages I didn't even care about any of the characters anymore. I really wanted to like this.Was it worth reading ? ...
  • Felicia
    This is kinda like uh...a hipster Harry Potter. Not a bad thing! I liked it a lot. There are tons of cool vintage photographs that lend the air of a turn of the century freak show. I loved the world and the vibe though.
  • Lola
    Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children is no horror story.This is precisely why I decided to give this book a go. Horror is my never-go-near genre. It represents for me what Lord Voldemort represents for the students of Hogwarts: infinite nightmares. So when I read that this bestseller steers clear of the nightmarish stuff, I couldn’t have been happier.No creepy, eerie, ominous atmosphere. When you do sense a bit of that, 1- it never l...
  • Annalisa
    2.5 starsHave you ever played that game where one person starts a story and stops mid-sentence and the next person in the circle has to pick up the story? That's how reading this book felt, only instead of jumping from disjointed person to person, it jumps from disjointed photograph to photograph.Too bad because it started off fantastic. I loved the writing, the humorous way Riggs has with descriptions, and the old-fashion carny photos were a nic...
  • Alejandro
    A peculiar reading indeed! This is the first book in the trilogy of the same name than the title of this very book. THE PECULIAR X-MENISH We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high. This was a book hard to rate, since it provoked some contradictory feelings.I enjoyed a lot the concept of creating a new “world to be discovered” in an era where it’s supposed that everywhere was already explored, along wit...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    This was amazing and I enjoyed it immensely. I actually grabbed this book because I loved the movie. And I watched this movie because, yes, I love anything fantastical and magical......but mostly, I watched it because I adore Eva Green…God, I love her. ...and I will literally watch any movie she’s in. Because, as I said…obsessed. Isn't she fierce?Anystalker, after watching the movie – which I don’t even know why I loved so much, I just ...
  • Sarah
    Every so often a book comes along that is pure magic, and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is one such book. Part fantasy, part adventure, part eccentric photo collection, this is a story that will enthrall and enchant teens and adults.Jacob is the sixteen year old narrator, and he is intelligent, funny, realistic and perceptive. He is very close to his secretive grandfather, who used to tell him fantastic tales of his youth, and the...
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    Audiobook......and Physical Book!!! BOTH!!! Wow...I had no idea what I was missing!!!! I think it's wonderful!!! The AUDIOBOOK made the difference for 'me'. I've had the hard copy for a couple of years--but kept putting it off. The print is small in the book - and jumping around looking at the pictures without having read the story didn't mean anything 'yet'. NOW THEY DO! So, I started with the AUDIOBOOK. I can't imagine anybody not being drawn i...
  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    Seeing this book when I entered the bookstore one time, the peculiar cover truly piqued my curiosity. I didn't buy it that instant though or the time after that and the time after that. Although it was on my "to-read list", I wasn't a big fan of supernatural stories (this is what I assumed the story to be about) and so reading this wasn't one of my top priorities. I knew I had to read it some point in time to finally cross it off the list and whe...
  • Darth J
    So I bought the trilogy in hardcover at B&N, hoping to dive into this series head first. It came with a bunch of cards:So I'm a little disappointed that the cover of the book doesn't match up with the tone for much of it. It was written too modern and I felt like it was a mismatch to have such classic photography throughout. I kept looking back to the cover while reading like:Second most of the characters are just plain boring. Jacob has the gift...
  • Kai
    “We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”A boy, a death, a monster in the shadows. Everything leads to a far-away island with an abandoned orphanage. Here it is for the boy to uncover secrets and threats he couldn't have possibly imagined.What took me so long to read this? Probably the fact that someone else snatched this book away from me whenever I was at the library.Rigg's first novel was fascina...
  • Madeline
    It was...fine?I liked the inclusion of old, weird photographs throughout the book, especially the way they were placed - you would read an offhand description of something odd, turn the page, and there was the photo showing exactly that. I liked that part, and the photos were always a pleasant surprise, even though I spent way too much time trying to figure out how they had been faked. But there were just too many stumbling blocks for me to reall...
  • Fabian
    Booo...! The dude's a photography collector not a novelist.Very disappointed not only in reading this nicely-packaged "novel", but to learn that Tim Burton is directing its celluloid equivalent. GAG. Will someone use good novel material already!After my time with it--in which the reader silently prays that more photos will be included, less prose--I am left like a kitten rolled around in thorns. Too many to pick at, I guess I find the biggest fau...
  • Jo
    WARNING: This review may contain excessive (and possibly incorrect) use of the Welsh language. Diolch. Initial Final Page Thoughts.Woaaah. Also, the sequel is going to be bendigedig!High Points.TERRIFYING. Originality. Kick-ass taids! Creepy but adorable children. Fairy tales… or are they? WW11. Cymru. Culture and heritage. Time-travel. Crumbling old houses. League of Gentlemen-esque locals. Ghosts, spooks and fire-throwers, OH MY. And, my favo...
  • Charlotte May
    “If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realise that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realised how full of them the earth was.” I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious fantasy! Jacob’s grandfather always used to tell him stories about his childhood. About a children’s home filled with kids who all had wonderful and strange capabilities; fro...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest It doesn’t hurt me to say that I have watched the movie before I read the book. What hurts me to say is that even though I loved the book, I enjoyed the movie way more. But I am not here to compare the book and the movie, because I loved them both in a different way. ‘’I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.’’ Jacob was raised ...
  • Will Byrnes
    My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories the house was always a bright, happy place—big and rambling, yes, but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch on the hill with vacant hunger. Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus—as if nature itself had w...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2.5 stars. True story: I've always liked to draw, and when I was a kid I loved the party game where people draws a random scribble on a piece of paper, and then you pass your scribble to someone else and they have to create a drawing based on your scribble:I totally ruled at this game, and am still willing to take on all comers.So, this book reminds me quite a bit of that game. The author found some bizarre vintage photos, mostly old circus pictu...
  • Reading Corner
    I still have mixed feelings about this book and I can't really make my mind up on the rating so I've decided on 3 stars.The book was sort of all over the place and gives a false image.I naively presumed that the novel would be creepy from it's cover and title but it definitely wasn't.Although,the pictures themselves appear creepy and sinister, the story is not.For me,the pictures were the best part as they're gripping and alluring but the story i...
  • J.L. Sutton
    Mystery begets mystery as the world of Miss Peregrine and her orphanage for peculiar children takes shadowy shape. I was immediately intrigued by how the story unfolds (through vintage photographs). The atmosphere works nicely with our protagonist's search for answers on a remote island off the coast of Wales where most of the action takes place. After a beginning (which quickly drew me in), it took some time for me to get caught up in the story ...