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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Review

This is one of the books I got with my £50 gift card and as I really wanted to watch the movie I made sure that I had read the book before I go and see it in the cinema. Now that I have finished the book it is time for a review.

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The Story

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.

Taken From Goodreads

If it wasn’t for the trailer for the movie I don’t think I would have ever known about this book, but thank god for the trailer as this book is amazing. At first I didn’t know what to think of it for the first 40 pages as nothing really seemed to happen as we focused a lot on the grandad of Jacob, but as soon as we get passed the 40 page mark then things start to get interesting and makes you want to keep on reading.

The best thing about this book is the photographs, with them it has made the story seem more realistic. When you are reading the description of some of the character in the book you think that they can’t be real, but with the addition of the picture it makes them come to life and make you start to actually think that everything that is happening in the book is real.

For me, my favourite types of books other than mythological one are about people with powers, even better when it is powers that not a lot of people have got, so if you like that sort of genre, as well then this book is going to be for you. We have got children who have got powers ranging from being invisible and being able to create fire to people who have bees living inside of them and having mouths on the back of their heads. This is probably what makes the children peculiar (see what I did there). The way the author writes about all these powers is great on its own but when combines with the pictures of some examples of them then it makes it all that much more believable which is very hard to do when writing about things that just can’t be true.

I will admit that the story does take some time to get into and if you want action all the time in a book then this is not going to be the right book for you, as some parts are very slow and I did find myself just reading it for the sake of it. But the last 100 pages are probably the best part of the book and make up for the other 250 that where before it.  So if you like book that has got something that you most likely have never read about before and will be a while before you do again and like the idea of having pictures for the book to seem more realistic then read this book I am sure you wont regret reading it.

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