Book & Movie Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Review #96

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children 

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publication: Quirk Books

Format: Paperback

Release Date: June 7, 2011

Pages: 352 pages


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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. 

This book was a bit slow in the beginning. It was only until Jacob entered the loop and discovering the peculiars when it truly starts to spike things up. 

I love everyone’s unique abilities and that they have made up their own games and sorts to fend themselves from getting bored. I especially find it humorous that Millard knows what everyone is doing every second and at every moment. Even the animals. Although, my favourite Peculiar’s ability of all is Enoch. He is a bit haunting yet cool in his own way. 

It can be quite boring for them to live in the same day, everyday – September 3rd, 1940 and why they kept on asking Jacob constantly about the present day. Any person would too. I understand the reason why Miss Peregrine does not want the children to know much about it. She’s merely looking after them and are concerned about them. 

If I were Jacob, I would ditch everything about the modern and sometimes cruel world even though I have to constantly worry about fighting for my life and the rest of the peculiars against hollowgasts. But hey, if my super power is that I am the only person that can see those nasty creatures, why not? Jacob kind of clicked with Emma. I do find it a bit weird that she used to adore his grandfather though. 

All in all, this book is great. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a creepy yet vibrant read. The peculiar photographs in the book makes it all the more interesting. 

First of all, I just have to say that the casting crews has done a wonderful job and that the casts are all amazing. They all really suit their characters well. 

I am a bit disappointed that they have changed Emma and Olive’s peculiarities. But I don’t have anything to complain because they would make such a beautiful couple. Miss Peregrine is so delightful! I would have imagined her as scarier and more demanding. 

The beginning was not as slow as the book. It was really straightforward – straight to the point. I really liked that there were a few accurate prescriptions of the book and find myself enjoying other scenes that was not that accurate. 

You can never expect a word by word and scene by scene of accurateness in the adaptation of a book to a movie. 

There were a few humorous scenes that made everyone laugh heartily. Myself included. The plot is pretty much the same even though they have tweaked it a bit. 

Lastly, can I take a moment and just say how annoying Barron is. He deserves to die. And when then they were feasting other peculiars eyes. Absolutely disgusting and horrifying. They all deserve to extinct from this world. 

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