Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


In general YA novels come in two types, novel written specifically for kids and their enjoyment, and novels everyone could enjoy, but just happen to have a YA tag. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, thankful falls in the latter. Geared to an older YA, this novel is able to hold a Mature YA readers attention.

The novel starts out with the death of the protagonist's grandfather, in a frankly horrific manner. Although Mr. Riggs does not go into details of the actual death, Jacob stumbles upon the aftermath, and that has just the right amount of gore for a YA novel. But this is not a horror novel, it is fantasy. People looking for horror will be disappointed. Now I have some problems with these "peculiar children" Jacob eventually stumbles over. Minor Spoiler Alert:

Being trapped in the loop causes the children to stop aging physically, but after 80+ years these kids should act more like adults than they do.

It is still an entertaining novel that I enjoyed. It ends in a cliff hanger so my advice is if you don't like the novel by half way you might want to break off, because you will not get the satisfaction of resolution.

I would be amiss if I did not discuss the pictures in this novel. They are gorgeous I am sure, but I read the digital copy of this novel and I feel I missed out on the impact of the pictures. I may hunt up a brick and mortar copy so I can see for myself if it makes a difference.

A solid 3.5 of 5 stars.