Saturday, 4 February 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Hello everyone!

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published Date: 7th June 2011
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to Quirk Books for this copy!*


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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: YOU GUYS. I finally read this book! I was kinda forced into reading it, because one morning my mother told me that we were going to see the movie in the evening. I’m very much the ‘read the book before watching the movie’ kind of person, so I spent the entire morning reading until I had finished the book. Even though I was rushing it a little, it didn’t matter, because I head over heels adored reading this one. I was sucked right into the novel.

First of all, I thought this was going to be a horror read. With that kind of cover, and the images which the book includes in it, my mind had been made up. I’m pleased to let you know that while this one does have the eerie kind of creepy feeling to it, this is actually more of a paranormal young adult read than anything else. It isn’t horror related at all, even though there are monsters in the book. So if you are skipping over this book under the belief that it is just going to be too scary for you, then you need to pick it up! You’re safe now ;)


Speaking of those images, the post cards and vintage photos were a brilliant addition to the novel. It added a sense of realism to the story, and they acted like illustrations to a novel. In fact, I have the images stuck on my wall now. They are a bit creepy, but I like them. Weirdly enough.

As for the plot and story itself, it’s very well done and different from the movie! (I know this is the book review, but having read/seen both, now I can’t avoid making those comparisons.) The story is quite slow going in the beginning, as it takes Jacob, the protagonist, a while to stumble upon the world and everything that is included in it. But once he does, the secrets to their world are slowly unveiled, and the plot quicks in. Then a layer of suspense is added, and the conclusion to the novel is quite good. I can’t wait to go on and read the other two books in the story.


I especially loved the author’s writing style. His word choice was very particular, and what added the most to the story. The idea of using the word peculiarities, over powers, because it was more suited to what the kids had, and made it more unique, was brilliant thinking. And generally, when it came to his descriptions of things, I think the word choice was spectacular. It was a joy to read this book.

There were themes of war and family issues in this novel. Jacob doesn’t have the best family, and we can see this misunderstanding of communication between him and his parents really getting to him. But he doesn’t quite manage to solve and bridge that distance, which is actually quite saddening to think about it. And after a while, his parents kind of fade out of the picture. I hope this isn’t the last we hear of them in the stories, otherwise that is quite a sad ending for the relationship he has with them. The war themes were more so in the background rather than prominent. But they do appear from time to time.


I really loved getting to know all the characters and all their different peculiarities and personalities. I can’t wait to see where the sequel will take me!  

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Links:Olivia’s Question: What would you do if you found out your best friends all had powers, but you didn’t have one?

Olivia-Savannah x

44 comments:

  1. I'm not sure what I would do if my best friends all had powers. Such a hard question. I'd probably be a tiny bit jealous, that's for sure!

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  2. I would be so sad if all my friends had powers and I didn't XD Although, I'd probably give them ideas on cool stuff to do with their powers so I think I'd be okay with it in the end! I loved this series so much!! I adore the movie even though some things were changed but just the aesthetic really amazed me. I'm so happy you loved the book!

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    1. I think with time I would be able to reach that point too. I'm glad you could enjoy both the books and the movie too ;)

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  3. Great book review as always! I love the sound of this story and the vintage book cover got my heart (that matters too to me... hahaha). Have a great weekend sweetie :)

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    1. Yes, covers can really make me fall in love too. Guilty here :D

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  4. I would be jealous if my best friend had powers and I didn't- but I would still want to know all about them and hope she could do some cool stuff that would work out in my favor. :)

    Awesome review! So glad to hear you liked this one. I read it and enjoyed it too. I haven't seen the movie- yet. Hope it was good!
    ~Jess

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    1. I like that idea. Trying to be happy for them would be important. I am glad you liked the book too! And I hope you can see the movie soon as well :)

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  5. I'm so glad you liked it! I agree with you: the use of the word 'peculiarity' was so awesome and made the book so much better than if the author had just said they had 'powers'. It really adds to the whole mysterious and old-timey feel of the book too!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. It was the little details which made this book unique and different from all the others!

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  6. I looked it up on Amazon, and "My Vidalia," also, sounds interesting! Thank you for the contest!

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  7. I'd probably be too jealous. I really need to read this one, I've been wanting to for ages!

    My recent discussion post: http://lovelyparanormalbooks.blogspot.com/2017/02/spoilers-in-reviews-forum-friday-1.html

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    1. I hope you can get around to reading it soon :)

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  8. I still need to read this book! I don't really know what I have been waiting for to tell the truth. I am so glad that you enjoyed it and got it in before seeing the movie.

    If my best friend had powers and I didn't, then I would let her use her powers for me.

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    1. I hope you get around to reading the book soon! I promise, it's a good one :3

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  9. This is yet another book on my ever growing TBR pile that I want to read and haven't. I know I'm SUPER late to the party, and there's a good chance that I'll never even get to the party, but I'd sure like to go!

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    1. I hope you do get the chance to though! It's a good read :D

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  10. I love the gothic-y-ness of Miss Peregrine's (and the fact that it's partially set in Wales ofc!) I think the vintage photos was a really clever touch, and really adds to the storytelling.

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    1. Wales represent! And yes, the vintage photos were brilliance :3

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  11. I loved this book. Thank you for a great review.

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  12. Oh I am glad that you enjoyed this. I saw the previews to the movie and thought it looked interesting. I am glad the book is not scary- thanks for the heads up as I don't like to read horror.

    Good review!

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    1. I'm not a huge horror fan either, but reviews assured me that it wasn't like that. A little deceiving, but it's good!

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  13. I'm not sure what I would do if everyone had powers and I didn't. But, I'd like to think that I can hold my own since there is power in kindness, cleverness, love, and all things human. =)

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    1. You're so right, Lonna. There's a certain power in just being human all unto itself. <3

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  14. I loved the book and the movie, the sequel is great too.
    If all my friends had super powers and I didn't, I'd be pretty bummed to be honest. I'd probably pick something obscure and not easy to prove and say that was mine. So childish, I know!!

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    1. I cannot wait to read the sequel! I hope it will be just as good. Hehehe, what a trick!

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  15. I would hang around my best friend as much as possible and enjoy the role of sidekick

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    1. It'd still be cool to be around all the action ;)

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  16. Did you know that the author found the pictures and wrote the story around them? I can't find the interview where I originally read about this. It was super interesting. This one will do, though.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/books/ransom-riggs-is-inspired-by-vintage-snapshots.html

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    1. Thank you for sharing that with me <3 I think it's so cool that he was able to do it! That takes a certain level of creativity...

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Entry form name: Marlene v

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  18. I would hang around my best friends in the hope that some of their powers would magically transfer to me. Great review.

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  19. Hahaha I completely understand, I also have to read the book before going to see the movie. That's actually why I finally read this book as well!

    I also thought it would be more horror related, what with all those creepy pictures all over the thing! The pictures are incredibly cool though <3

    I'm really glad you enjoyed this!! :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. We're so similar in that aspect. I am glad it wasn't so horror related though! I'm not about that genre xD

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  20. I have heard mixed reviews about this one, it looks so creepy with those pictures but I suppose that is the idea!

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    1. It's no where near as creepy as it looks though! Don't let that put you off ;)

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  21. I finished this book a few months ago. I also have a mixed feeling about it, but strangely I prefer the movie version hahaha...

    Great review, Olivia!

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    1. Everyone has their own preferences of things, so in that case I am glad you liked the movie!

      Also, for some reason I cannot comment on my blog. It just doesn't allow me to press submit comment. Do you know why?

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