Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

Finally, my first review! I have chosen this book, because it's so unique and i have never read anything like this before.

Author: Ransom Riggs
Pages: 352
Published: June 7th 2011 by Quirk
Genre: Fantasy, young adult, horror
Followed by: Hollow city

It's about a boy named Jacob. He has a very good band with his grandfather, who used to tell him stories about children with strange abilities, but when Jacob grows older, he doesn't believe these stories anymore. One day, granddad calls Jacob in total despair. Jacob goes to his house to check if everything is ok. He finds him in the garden, dead. A creepy monster is watching them from the darkness, but it runs away.
Jacob decides to go to Wales, to learn more about his grandfather's past. There he discovers an old orphanage. He goes in and finds a box full with old photos. Then he hearts some strange noises. There are a few kids outside. Jacob follows them, but the kids find out and a girl threatens him in a tunnel. Eventually they take him to the orphanage. And guess what, the date appears to be 3 September 1940 (they have time travelled, isn't that amazing?). The girl, named Emma, brings Jacob to miss Peregrine. She tells Jacob that she has known his granddad and she also tells about the children with unnatural abilities (so apparently they do exist). Together they go on an incredible adventure and discover some creepy things.

What makes this book amazing?

1. There are creepy, old  pictures in the book and they go along so well with the story. The photos make it very realistic, even if it's a high fantasy book.

2. There are monsters in the book that gave me the chills. They look like this.

3. The kids have really unique abilities, such as a girl who is lighter than air, a boy who has many bees in his stomach, a girl with an extra mouth in the back of her head and many more.
4. There are a lot of characters in the book and they are all amazing. Each has a very unique persona and you will love and care about them for ever, even when you have finished the book.  
5. The author uses awesome words, like ymbrine (someone who can change into a bird), a hollow (a scary creature) and a wight (when a hollow eats enough peculiars, it turns into a wight).
6. The layout of the book itself provides an amazing reading experience. It's even fun to just look at the book.
7. Ransoms writing style is very easy: short sentences and simple vocabulary. So it's a quick read.
8. There is some history in it, but it's absolutely not boring.
9. And yes, there is also romance in the book. Although, it's only some kissing. But I liked it, that the book wasn't all about love.  
10. The whole book is a mystery. It's amazing watching everything unravel en become clear to Jacob as well as myself. The story is not predictable, so you will be blown away a couple of times.
11. The ending is a cliffhanger, so you must read the second book in the series, which is as good as the first.
12. This book will be made into a movie, so you can relive the whole story again.
13. This book is very peculiar, but in a good way.
14. And last, it's NOT a children's book. Teens as well as adults will love this book.

Still not convinced? Watch the book trailer here:
If you have any questions about the book, ask me!

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