Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Romance
I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.
I- Er- Well. Where to start?
First I’d like to point out that I knew this wasn’t a horror book. I had heard so many great reviews about this one and gosh it looked amazing with all of the old-fashioned photography and I really wanted to read it! But I was worried as well. Because some of those photos
(okay most of them) were dark and I don’t do horror. Horror is a strict no for me. But, after questioning some bookstagrammers, I safely started this novel and the start was really good.
When I first started I was convinced that this would be a 5* novel. The first few chapters were just great. Well, Jacob was a little annoying and I rapidly got bored of the workplace but after the twist I was hooked. Or at least for a couple of chapters anyway. After that I started to realise just how much I disliked Jacob. Jacob isn’t nice. He isn’t a good main character and boy is he annoying. He’s constantly complaining about his life without truly realising just how good he has it and he definitely doesn’t appreciate the people that he has left in it, despite the family tragedy that he just went through!
Furthermore none of the other characters really spoke to me either. They were the biggest issue that I had with this book. None of the characters were really developed and, considering how old they were, the children still seemed essentially childish. There powers were cool and all but there wasn’t really as much of a focus on them as I really wanted. Also the photographs were ruined here. Everyone seemed to have one just tucked into their back pocket and they were constantly just pulling them out for no reason other than to showcase them? They were awesome photos but it was just like they were put in there for the sake of it. They didn’t really serve the plot at all.
The twist themselves were predictable and the writing wasn’t anything special. Having just read the Raven Boys, I was so prepared for some glorious ghosty writing but instead I got this. It just seemed so simple in comparison and it really fell short for me.
I don’t even want to mention the romance because, really, how does that class as a romance plot? I- Just- No. Cersei and Jaime were a better love story than this and the incest was a lot less- shudders. No. I was not a fan of this relationship, regardless of how much Riggs wanted us to be.
Altogether this book could have been great. It had a great premise but it really wasn’t executed well. I don’t know if I’ll be picking up the next one.