Friday, 8 March 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs (2011)

4 stars

I bought this book because of how much John Green talked it up in all his videos. I wasn't disappointed, I was actually quite surprised by this book.

Even after buying it, I still wasn't really sure what this book was about, so it surprised me with how much fantasy the plot contained considering it's based on historical photos. The plot was really good, and although some of the photos were super scary or obviously fake, I still liked how he based the story around them making it seem a more lifelike and realistic. My favourite character was Olive, I thought her talent was the coolest, and altough she wasn't a very major character I liked how carefree and lovely she was compared to some of the other children. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good fantasy story with a realistic setting, also who doesn't get scared too easily by photos.

Jacob's grandfather has always told him stories about a children's home he hid in during the war, with peculiar children that could do cool things like create fire or fly. Jacob's parents tell him not to believe his granfather but when is grandfather is killed by a monster only Jacob could see he goes to the island to find the house. Once there he finds Miss Peregrine's house for peculiar children in a time loop where they are safe from any monsters that want to eat them. Jacob learns that he is a rare peculiar who, like his granfather, can see the monsters (they are invisible to everyone else). When the monsters capture Miss Peregrine Jacob and his friends get her back but destroy their loop in the process. Jacob decides to stay with the children inside the loop and they decide to time jump to another loop to go save the others that have been taken by the monsters.

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