Sunday, 19 October 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Ransom Riggs

Published By
Quirk

Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Paranormal

Synopsis

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.

Review

After getting this novel for my birthday from one of my friends, I read the back cover and really wasn't all that sure what to expect from this one.  It's the debut book of Ransom Riggs but you wouldn't really know it from reading this one.

On paper, the story idea itself sounds like it would be a bit of a clash of styles combining a fantastical story that has paranormal moments with the idea of using vintage photographs but in Riggs' hands, it comes across as positively gripping and is one of the first books of this genre that I've not been able to put down.

The story itself really moves along at a really clever pace.  The faster moments really gel with the slower parts of the book without feeling at all disjointed.  The best parts of the book are the parts set in 'the past' because as well as being exciting, there's a real emotional depth that raises the story up to the level where you honestly can't put the book down.  You want to know what is going to happen to the characters, you want to know more of their past, you want to feel like you are involved in their lives and Rigg's gives you all of that and more.

One of the things that grabbed me the most was simply the utterly brilliant use of the vintage photographs that were dotted throughout the book.  They were placed perfectly in the book to get the best possible reaction from the reader and not only did they do that, they made me want to try to look in to some of the history of the photo's themselves.

I have to admit that while I liked the 'Quirk Classics' that Quirk have put out in recent years but this book shows that they are a company that should be added to your bookshelves for a lot more reasons than that.  In fact, I would honestly say that this book is the best that they have released.

Definitely worth grabbing and reading straight away.

Story 9/10
Characters 8.5/10
Cover 8.5/10
Recommended 9/10
Overall 35/40