Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've had this book at the bottom of my night-stand to-read pile for half a year. The book intrigued me enough to keep it in the pile but not enough to actually read it, until now. I think the issue was that I had no clue what the book was about.

This is a wild tale which begins in Englewood, FL (near Sarasota). Our narrator is Jacob Portman, a barely 16 year boy. Jacob has a close relationship with his grandad who has told tales of a strange island of magical children and the Bird who cared for them and kept them safe from the monsters. As Jacob left childhood, he became angry at his grandfather for telling such tall tales.

Jacob receives a frantic call from his grandfather who claimed the monsters had found him. Jacob goes to check on his grandfather, but finds that he has arrived too late. The body of Grandpa Portman is found in the woods, with large gashes through is middle. As Jacob kneels over the body of his grandfather, he hears a noise from the woods. He quickly shines his flashlight and sees one of the monsters.

This is the starting point for an adventure of discovery, disbelief, the choices which we must make in life and the consequence of those choices.

I would suggest this book to both YA and adult readers who enjoy a bit of fantasy and mystery.

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