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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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Story - Jacob Portman desires an adventurous life, much like the life his grandfather describes to him in various stories. However, when Jacob realizes that he can never have an adventurous life, he just tries to be normal and fit in. He's not popular or extremely smart, and there doesn't seem to be anything unusual about him at all; but when his grandfather dies and leaves Jacob a cryptic message, Jacob is sent on a hunt to find his grandfather's past and ends up traveling all the way to Wales. Once there, Jacob discovers much more than he ever could have imagined about his grandfather and is thrown into the midst of a very peculiar situation.
Writing Style - If I had to compare Ransom Riggs to any other author, I would have to compare him to Lemony Snicket. In fact, this entire book reminded me very much of Mr. Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books. Don't get me wrong, Riggs did not steal Lemony Snicket's writing style at all, but Riggs just simply reminded me of him, which is a positive since I pretty much love anything that Snicket touches.
Something else that I feel Riggs did superbly was explain the detail of everything in the story. Even without the occasional photographs of people and things in the story, I was able to visualize the locations and details because of the fantastic descriptions.
Now, as for the photographs, they added a whole new dimension to the story.Read more ›
Jacob has always been in awe of his colorful Grandpa Portman, who told him stories about his fabled childhood in a faraway island where he lived in order to hide from monsters. Jacob first believed in his grandfather's extraordinary tales of his friends, strange orphans with magical abilities, especially since his grandfather had photographs as proof of their existence. However, as he grew older, Jacob began to doubt that the stories, the orphans, or the photographs, were real...until his grandfather's cryptic last words and a letter from a mysterious Miss Peregrine spur Jacob to search for his grandfather's childhood home, which turns out to be in a small island off the coast of Wales. What he finds there is completely unexpected.
"The trees parted like a curtain and suddenly there it was, cloaked in fog, looming atop a weed-choked hill. The house. I understood at once why the boys had refused to come.
"My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories, the house was always a bright, happy place---big and rambling, yes but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch with vacant hunger.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the book was wonderful. It made me want to read the second book immediately!Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
The end of the book was just a a set up to book 2. Not sure I care enough abt them to continue the series.Published 2 hours ago by Galen Unold
I adored this story! Beautiful yet haunting at the same time. I look forward to seeing Tim Burton's adaptation. On to the next....Published 3 hours ago by Elise
Purchased all three in the series for an adult who reads a lot. Was not familiar with the books or author but saw a trailer for the movie they are making that looked interesting. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by shoe shopper
A very intriguing book with wonderful story telling. I was able to read it in less than 24 hours. Great character descriptions, even if there weren't photos you could still have... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Alisha Landreth
I finished all three books in one week; the story gets better and better with every chapter. If Narnia and Harry Potter had a child, it would be this book(s). Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Nicole Volk
Short & sweet - good series (I've read all three) but too many annoyances and holes to be more than 3 stars - for example, the time loop aging process is confusing and... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer - Michael H.
Don't be foolish, enjoy a great story. This has a mix of the present, the past and the peculiar! EnjoyPublished 9 hours ago by Kevin
I enjoyed this story. I had not heard of the series till I saw a movie trailer for this book. I am surprised that the kids are liking it so well, it's not very exciting, but it is... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Robin Ballard