Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ramsom Riggs
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9781594744761
Audiobook Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN-13 Audio: 9780449013854
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes (8 CDs)
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book for committee worka and checked out a copy of the audiobook from my public library. This is my honest review!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jacob never really believed his grandfather’s stories about the school with peculiar children and the monsters that inhabited their world, until the day his grandfather dies, and he sees one for himself. Everyone thinks he is crazy, and he doesn’t know what to believe himself, but he does know he needs to follow his grandfather’s clues, and find the school where his grandfather grew up. When he finds the bombed out wreck of a home, and follows a girl his age into a cairn, he finds himself in a world where every day is the same, and monsters lurk just beyond the door.
It took me a while to get into this book. Most of the time I give the book about 30 pages to hook me, but by page 50 it still hadn’t caught my interest. I had heard so many great things about this book, and because I had committed to reading it for work, I decided to plow through. Thank goodness my audio version came in because I would still be reading it now if it hadn’t. I hate to say it, this book took forever to settle into, and even in the end, I am not certain it was worth the effort.
I must commend the author. This story was definitely original. In a YA market overrun with paranormal fiction, this one stands out as something unique; a story that twists time and makes the unbelievable believable.
The old photographs Riggs used to tell his story were remarkable. This photographs are truly unique and add a whole new dimension to his story telling. Yes I did listen to the audio, but I had my copy of the book close by so I could look at the unusual photographs.
I think part of my problem with this novel was that I didn’t like the main character very much at first. He struck me as a spoiled little rich boy, which kind of turned me off. As the story progresses he becomes more likable, and that made reading a little easier.
This is a novel you have to stick with to really get into. It is slow going at first, but picks up considerably when you make it to the children’s home.
The novel leaves you with the impression there will be more to come.
Audio Book Review:
The audio book is produced by Listening Library and read by Jesse Bernstein. Jesse Bernstein also reads the Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels so I was thrilled when I started listening to this one. Bernstein is a talented reader, and definitely makes this a wonderful listening experience. As I said before, this novel was hard for me to get into, so the audio version was absolutely perfect to get me past those slower pages. The production is well done and free from flaws.
The audio book consists of 8 CDs, which is about 9 hours 42 minutes in length. I definitely recommend tackling this one with audio, but keep the pictures close by so you can see the images they are talking about in the book.
This was an interesting, original story, but a little slow going in the beginning. The true treasure of this book would be all the remarkable photographs.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Creepy pictures may disturb younger readers, and there is some violence in the book. Other than that, this was a pretty clean read.
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