Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My review

Rating: 3.75 stars

I’ve owned this book for well over a year but per usual bibliophile antics, I didn’t get to it until… well, last week. Reviews on the book are very skewed and I was nervous to hate it, so I just kept putting it off. However, one of my reading challenges required I read a book with some paranormal things going on and this seemed to fit the bill.

So, I finally read it. And you know what? I kinda liked it.

I often struggle with fantasy novels and series because I have a hard time getting pulled into the setting and story-line, so I was really surprised when I felt like I’d been sucked into a new world along with the Peculiars. I found the whole idea of the time loop to be really intriguing and although I didn’t care much for the hollowghast & wight storyline, I enjoyed the mystical setting as a whole.

One of the biggest things I noted in other reviews before I started this book was that a lot of people felt like it was paced too slowly towards the middle of the book. Personally, I didn’t have that problem at all and found it to be going along nicely. When Riggs needed to speed up the story, he did, and there was never a time in the novel where I felt like I was confused or unsure of what was going on.

I really enjoyed the writing style, but I think my favorite part of the whole book was the pictures and the consistent aesthetic. The book isn’t creepy at all, though the cover may want you to believe otherwise. There are some mildly disturbing bits that I think are perfectly normal for a book of this stature, though I do wonder how it was handled in the child’s film adaption (which I have never seen).

All of the characters were intriguing in their peculiarity and I found myself wanting to know more about each of them. I’m still ghastly bothered by the romance between Jacob and Emma (there are so many reasons why that’s just so gross) and I felt like the story would’ve carried along nicely without the romance aspect altogether. It is what it is, though, so I dealt with it.

In all, I liked the book. I struggle to know what to say about books that I enjoyed. It wasn’t a favorite and I’m unsure of whether or not I’ll read the entire series, but I’ll think on it. It was one of those books that just kind of sit in your average pile, ya know? It was good but it wasn’t great; I didn’t hate it but I’m not going to fangirl over it. I think you get what I’m saying.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  1. Great review! I totally understand everything about the romance and the “averageness” of it all, despite this being one of my favorite series 😂 This is just one of those books that I have really enjoyed ever since its publication, and I realize that I may be in the minority when I say I love it. But you’re right, the writing style is definitely one of the best aspects of this book! Glad you liked it.

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    1. Thank you! I’m SO glad that you aren’t offended even though it’s one of your favorites 😅 I think everyone just receives books differently. Most of my favorites are reads I read when they first came out, so I totally get what you mean! Even after seeing countless negative reviews on my favorites, I still love them haha. But yes, I loved the writing style! It was a cute book!


  2. Great review! I totally agree about the romance: I just found it really gross and unnecessary, and feel like the book would’ve been better without it. I found that my favourite aspect of this book was the writing and the old, creepy pictures, though I did sometimes find that the descriptions were inconsistent with what was shown in the pictures, which sometimes took me out of the story. Overall, though, I definitely agree with you about this book just being kind of average. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it’s been nearly a year since I read it now, and I still haven’t picked up the sequel 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. Thank you! And see, this is exactly how I felt about it! I loved the writing style and the pictures and what they added to the story, but that was really the only thing that made this book all that memorable, ya know? I’m thinking I probably won’t go into the rest of the series just because I kind of lost interest towards the end of the novel and I don’t want to force myself to read something I’m not really enjoying.

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      1. Yeah exactly! I was originally planning on continuing with the series, but I’m not sure if I’m going to anymore, cuz I’ve basically forgotten most of what happened in the first. It just hasn’t stuck with me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  3. Hah! I’ve read so much about this book/series, but I’m hesitant to try it because I still, after hearing so many people talking about it, haven’t really heard something that really truly caught my interest, you know?
    And reading your review… it really looks like it’s an average book, that depending on when you read it (how impressionable you are, what you have to compare it to, etc) can make you like it more.
    – Reese

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    1. Average is the PERFECT way to describe this book! I can’t speak for the rest of the series, but this one was just kinda… there. It was a fun read, but series have to intrigue me a lot more for me to keep reading them, ya know? If you’re into fantasy or magical realism, it’s worth checking out, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you don’t get around to it. It’s not life changing or anything!


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