I wasn’t going to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, but a lady I know insisted that I would like it and it turns out she was right, against all odds, I liked it, didn’t love it mind you, but did find it enjoyable.
Sixteen year-old Jacob travels to Wales to find out the truth behind his grandfather’s stories of amazing children and the orphanage where he found shelter during WW 2.
Reasons I shouldn’t have liked it.
First, I don’t read much YA, even those that adults will love too. It’s not necessarily a conscious choice, just the way my reading tastes have been trending lately. Second, I’m not a big fan of time travel, which it turns out is an integral part of the book, even if it’s a loop, a little outside of the usual time travel scenario. Third, I don’t do monsters, and they’re real in this one. Fourth, the ending wasn’t really an ending. The whole book was more like a set up for the next one, which always annoys me. I’ll read your series, but give me an actual ending, not a “to be continued.” And I almost forgot, parts of it take place during WW 2, and I tend to stay clear of war books.
So, why did I like it?
I don’t really know, something about the story grabbed me. I can’t really put my finger on why, if it was the story-telling or the characters, but it even showed up in my dreams, which is unusual. And the vintage photos are fascinating. Overall, I think it was just an unusual book, with enough eeriness to keep it moving until the real plot kicked in.
3½ out of 5 stars
Category: Young Adult – Fantasy
Miss Peregrine’s #1 (No sequel yet, but I’m sure there will be)
Published June 7, 2011 by Quirk Books
Book source: Purchased