Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

DNF REVIEW- (10)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Information:
Title/Author: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (#1)
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: ✭✭✭✩✩

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.

Continuing my month of mysteries and thrillers, I decided to finally pick up Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book has been hyped by so many members of the book community and I am so happy that I gave it a try. Although it wasn’t my ideal read, I thought that it was a pretty good book and I cannot wait to see where Ransom Riggs takes the rest of the series!

What I liked…

Let’s start with the best part about this book: the pictures. It is obvious that the offer put a lot of time and effort into researching and finding old pictures that fit into the peculiar vibe of the novel. For the most part, there was always something odd about them, whether that was because a little girl was lifting a boulder or someone was levitating. They were always so much fun to look at and made the book fly by so much faster!

I also really enjoyed the time travelling aspect of this novel. We don’t really see time travelling anymore in YA, so it was nice to read about it. I loved how the author used “loops” as a way of travelling back and forth to different days.

Ransom Riggs has officially created one of the MOST unique casts of characters I have ever read about! First of all, we have Miss Peregrine. She  is the headmistress of the peculiar children safe home and has the ability to change into a Peregrine Falcon. Bronwyn, a young girl with adorable curls, is able to lift extremely heavy objects. Olive, the star of the cover of this novel, has the ability to levitate. Millard has the ability to be invisible. Emma, one of the main characters of the novel, has the ability to manipulate fire. And finally, Jacob, our protagonist. I am still VERY confused as to what his peculiarity is… but he has one that is probably defined in later novels. There are many other peculiar characters, but these few play major roles in the novel.

What I didn’t like…

My biggest dislike of this novel didn’t have to do with the actual story, but with the cover. I sadly had to deal with a movie cover of this book, which completely messed me up. Somehow, the movie messed up some of the characters’ abilities. On the cover, it pictures Emma as having the ability to levitate, and Olive has the ability to manipulate fire. Which, for anyone who has read the book or read my “what I liked” section of this post. Other than that, I believe that they casted the rest of the cast great, especially Jacob.

I also found the book to be quite boring at times. A lot of the explanations seemed to last FOREVER! Although this was one of the few books that I could sit down and read 50 pages straight, I found that sometimes I got bored of the non-dialogue scenes.

Favorite quotes…

“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. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”

“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”

Overall…

I ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t amazing, but it was also better than a 3 star book. Most would then say that it is very good, but I can only define this book as unique. I don’t expect to ever read a similar book in my life.

If you are looking for a good book to add to your haunting October TBR, I would definitely recommend this one. It’s a hit or miss for most people, but I think that everyone should give it a try.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award #3, #4, and #5!

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Hello, Hello Hello! Are you all ready for today’s extremely long post? I’ve been pushing my Sunshine Blogger Award posts back for way too long that when I found my most recent nomination (yesterday), I gave in. It’s about time.

I am extremely honored to have received nominations from Alex’s Charming Books, The Books Are Everywhere and The Cursed Books! All of your blogs are amazing and I definitely recommend checking them all out.

How does it work…

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Now, let’s get straight into Alex’s questions:

  1. What is your favorite social media site?
    Definitely Instagram! I love looking through everyone’s pictures and seeing what the world is up to!
  2. What is your favorite memory?
    There are too many to answer :0
  3. Are you good at dancing, or are you more like me?
    I am literally the worst dancer to ever walk this earth. I’m not horrible at Just Dance, but other than that, I am an epic failure when it comes to dancing.
  4. Have you ever written fanfiction?
    Nope and I don’t read it either!
  5. What is your favorite breakfast beverage?
    Usually coffee! It really wakes me up in the mornings and gets me started for my day ahead.
  6. What color are your eyes?
    They are a dark blue-grey. I find that they actually change colours everyday. Sometimes they just end up being more of one colour than the other.
  7. Would you rather be in the actual Hunger Games, or be an Orc is Sauron’s army during The Return of the King?
    The Hunger Games since I don’t know what the other one is.
  8. Grape or strawberry jelly?
    Strawberry. I’ve never actually tried grape jelly.
  9. What is your opinion on jellyfish?
    They’re cool, I guess.
  10. Are you a day person, or more of a night owl?
    I would say that I am a mix of both. It really depends on the day. I’m one of those people that likes to make the most of both times. For instance, on weekends, I have a tendency to go to sleep at midnight (not too late, not too early), and wake up around 8 am. I find that I get as much done as I possibly can with this.
  11. Kili or Fili?
    I don’t know what this means. Sorry!

Now, let’s get straight into Beth’s questions:

  1. Show us a book cover you love.
    Can’t really put a picture since it would mess up the format of this post. But, I absolutely LOVE the cover of These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman! If you haven’t seen it before, you MUST CLICK HERE to check it out!
  2. Which song do you relate to your favourite book?
    Okay, well my favorite book is Jennifer L. Armentrout and somehow, I am constantly finding new songs for this book. Just the lyrics have a tendency to relate to it. I don’t have one in mind at the moment, but one will probably flood into my mind the moment I post this.
  3. What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?
    I love re-reading my favorite books. My go to’s are the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Wendy Higgins’s Sweet trilogy.
  4. What’s the longest book you’ve read so far this year?
    According to Goodreads, the longest book I read this year was City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.
  5. Which popular book do you dislike?
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I have more of a love-hate relationship with this book since I absolutely adored the characters, but I was unable to enjoy the writing and plot.
  6. What do you like to do other than reading?
    Well, BLOG! Obviously. But, I also really love hanging out with friends, working out and shopping. I know, a really weird mix for a book nerd,
  7. What’s your favourite season and why?
    Autumn. I love how the leaves change colours and tumble off the trees in a blur of gold and auburn. I love how the temperature is chilly enough to wear knitted sweaters and jeans. I love being able to curl up in a pile of blankets and spend the day reading. But most of all, I love being able to sip pumpkin spice lattes.
  8. Name your perfect snack/drink for while you’re reading.
    Anything that won’t make a mess! I usually have a coffee and something sweet.
  9. You have a plane to catch – which book did you read in one setting?
    Tough question since I NEVER read books in one sitting. But the last book that I read within a few hours was Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  10. Name a book you want to read before the end of the year.
    Hands down, If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was on my birthday wishlist, and my birthday is coming up super soon so I am hoping to get a copy of it. I Cannot wait to dive into another JLA contemporary!
  11. Fall is approaching – what’s your favourite fall read?
    Some of my past favorites have been Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Now, let’s get straight into Marty’s questions:

  1. What is the most beautiful book cover you’ve ever seen?
    Once again, I have to go with These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman. This covers is absolutely stunning! If you would like to check it out, you can click here!
  2. What is your favourite quote?
    I hate this one because I have so many favorites. But, “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if only you dared,” by Sarah J. Maas has always stuck with me.
  3. What are some of your favourite bands/singers?
    The Fray is my all-time favorite band EVER! They are so good, and I definitely recommend listening to them if you haven’t. I also am really loving Lorde’s Melodrama album.
  4. What is your most hated book trope?
    I don’t know if this counts as a trope, but I hate when authors write “I let out a breath that I didn’t know I was holding.” It happens way too much in YA.
  5. Any favourite hobbies besides reading?
    As said above, I enjoy working out, blogging and shopping.
  6. A book that you absolutely hated and everyone else loved it?
    The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.
  7. On what social media platform do you spend most of your time?
    Probably Snapchat. I spend WAY too much time looking through stories and sending stupid pictures.
  8. What do you like the most about blogging?
    I love expressing my love of books! It’s so much fun being able to type up a post about something you love and then communicate with other people who share your love of books.
  9. Who is your favourite female character? (you can pick more than one)
    Katy Swartz. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. Amren. Mor. Dee Black. Emma Carstairs. Livvy Blackthorn. AND MANY MORE.
  10. What underrated book you’d want everyone to read?
    Umm, did I mention that I love Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
  11. Your top five favourite authors.
    Jennifer L. Armentrout. Wendy Higgins. Sarah J. Maas. Cassandra Clare. Morgan Matson.

And now for my nominations…

Enchanted Readers | Dreamland Book Blog | Chapters We Love | A Book Without End | The Literary Huntress | My Eclectic Reads | Book Princess Reviews | Breeny’s Books | The Book Cover Girls | I Am A Geeking Ginger | Gryffindor Books | Books & Munches

And finally, here are my questions…

  1. What author is your biggest influence?
  2. Who is your #1 book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  3. Have you ever read any school books that you loved? If so, which ones?
  4. When did you get into reading?
  5. What was one of the first books that got you into reading?
  6. Do you loan out your books? If so, do you have any rules?
  7. Is there a certain time of day that you read at everyday?
  8. What was the last book you finished?
  9. Did you set a reading goal for 2017? How is it going?
  10. Are there any books that you plan on reading before the end of 2017?
  11. What motivates you to blog?

And that is it! It was a super long post, but I am really happy that I got to it! All of my nominators had such an amazing questions! And for the nominees, I hope you all enjoy answering my questions? Be sure to like, comment and follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina