~ Spoiler Free Book Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by: Ransom Riggs ~
* plot summary not included*
I have many obsessions – one of them is watching movie trailers. I can sit and watch new ones, old ones, one I have seen before for hours. During on of my binges, I saw the movie trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and it looked colorful and fun. Also, I have a thing for supernatural powers. Thus, I felt a strong urge to buy and read it, which is what I did.
Seriously, this book is AMAZING! I can’t wait to read the next one. First, the author really outdid himself with every character. Each of them was so well described and had such purpose. they really drove the plot/story.
Second, I really like this ‘peculiar’ world that the story takes place in. It wasn’t like life inside the time loop was perfect, and it wasn’t like life outside was totally dreadful. Everything had its good and bad. The explanation of the existence of peculiars and wights/hollows was well pieced together. I felt like it all made sense. Also, the way the author writes the setting is fabulous. I could really picture that run down orphanage house.
Third, this book delves into some deep stuff without being cheesy or serving you full blown moral lessons. I respect that very much. It simply pushes readers to think.
Fourth, the best thing about this book are the vintage pictures. I like how they are used and strung into the story moving it along giving it an extremely realistic feel. At times, the pictures brought a bit of creepy vibes which still added to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Any who, I think I read this book at a good time in my life. I am way older than the main character who is still a kid but we have both no longer believe in things like we did as a child. Though the main character, Jacob, was forced to stop believing in all the things his grandfather told him because it all seemed to absurd to be true, he did not stop completely. In the end, everything ended up being true. Isn’t that beautiful? I hope to never stop believing in things just because they are too peculiar to be true. Well, I just got sappy…
I have to say, though Jacob is the relatable main character and Emma is cute and courageous, My favorite character is definitely the grandfather. The more you learn about hi, the more you realize that he had his demons, but he really was still trying to be an outstanding guy in a way. You get me?
Well, I like the book a lot of maybe I am interpreting it too much. That doesn’t matter. readers have the right to interpret and love. If you are wondering if I’ll watch the movie or not, truthfully, I don’t know. I’m not much of a movie person. Yeah, I know it’s weird – I watch movie trailers, but not so much movies. (Most of the times, it is like you have already seen the whole movie, but that is another conversation.) I’ll think about it and wait to see review for the movie before I make my decision. However, if I am still in Japan when it comes out, then probably nah. Also, is anyone else wondering how involved the author is with this movie since he studied film at USC?
Last comment: how cool is the author’s name!